Asiata resolves to move ahead
Guard’s new attitude brings positive results
DAVIE — Dolphins guard Isaac Asiata looked in the mirror after his rookie season and didn’t like what he saw. Neither did his life coach, who is a former Navy SEAL.
“He sat me down, and I was basically, not complaining, but telling him how I was disappointed with last year and he told me straight up that year is gone,” said Asiata, the 2017 fifth-round pick out of Utah. “And he didn’t say it was a waste, because I learned a lot of things and grew up a lot, but at the same time he told me that I need to mount up and get going.”
It was a message Asiata already knew. It was also a message that hardened his resolve.
“I knew I needed to do things differently,” Asiata said. “I needed to approach everything different, and at the end of the day be a pro and make that jump from a first year to second year.
“I feel like I’m in the process of doing it. It’s not perfect. My game isn’t perfect by all means. But I’m working to be perfect. Just trying to work on that jump and be a better more reliable, accountable guy.”
Asiata, who defensive tackle Davon Godchaux said was the most improved offensive lineman on the team, was inactive for 15 games last season, meaning he didn’t even wear a uniform on game day.
But his attitude adjustment is starting to show results. Dolphins guard Isaac Asiata did a lot of soul searching after a disappointing rookie season.
Asiata has been playing second-team left guard behind Josh Sitton throughout training camp. It’s not where he wants to be, but it’s a huge improvement from last season.
Asiata has changed his entire routine — he arrives earlier every morning, he maintains his body better by doing things such as getting in the hot tub and stretching, he does extra film study, does extra work in drills and he’s more attentive to his assignments and technique.
“You’ve got to have the discipline to be able to do that every single day,” Asiata said, “and I’m trying hard to do that every day.”
It’s still a question whether Asiata makes the
53-man roster. The starting guards — Sitton on the left side and Jesse Davis on the right side — have certain roster spots and the same is likely true for veteran reserve Ted Larsen.
But his attitude adjustment led to a realization.
“I’ve got to earn this every single day, earn whatever it is I’m, doing whether it’s my morning routine, coming out to practice, meetings, the way I hold myself in the building, how much time I spend in the building,” he said.
“Every single day you have to earn it, even on your off days you’ve got to do something to earn the right to be here.”
Asiata seems to be an energized man and player because
of his offseason revelations.
“It’s not easy to face things that you kind of want to ignore,” he said.
And he also seems to be on the road to being a professional football player, in all senses of the term.
“It’s all about being a pro,” he said. “There’s a lot that goes into that one saying, and that’s diet, that’s physical, emotional, mental, everything. You’ve got to grow up, mature, understand this is your livelihood. You want to be the best; don’t waste opportunities.
“Everything is summed up in being a pro, doing what it takes to be a pro.” Defensive end Charles Harris interacts with fans before the scrimmage on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium.