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Four solutions for a struggling running game: (Titans D is one)

The Tennessee Titans are 30th in the NFL against the run. They are a dam with a lot of leaks, folks.

So it stands to reason that this week presents a wonderful opportunity for the Dolphins to get their limping running game -- which hasn't really stepped up recently after a fast start -- to get going again.

If the Dolphins cannot run up the yardage against the Titans, I would not expect them to do so against teams such as San Francisco (No. 5 against the run) or New England (No. 7) later this year. I would say that the first few games were something of a mirage and the truth is Miami's running game is mediocre.

But no one wants to come to that conclusion, least of all the Dolphins, so my understanding is the game plan is to run as much as Mike Sherman's pass-first orientation will allow. And my understanding is also that nothing much is expected to change with the Dolphins attack in that Reggie Bush is expected to get most of the carries and Daniel Thomas will get the rest.

So allow me to give three suggestions to improve the Miami running game -- not only this game but beyond.

1. Ask Ryan Tannehill to run more. Yes, Tannehill is just returning to health after being hobbled by a knee injury last week. But he is healthy. He is athletic, as the fact he played receiver in college proves. And he is fairly big and strong and fast (4.6s in the 40). Use that athleticism! Andrew Luck scored two rushing TDs last night. Robert Griffin III has an 80-yard run this year.

Coaches should make it plain to Tannehill that it is OK to run as long as the run finishes out of bounds or with a slide. Tannehill has not taken advantage of his running skills this year. He's run only 19 times for 24 yards (1.9 yard per rush average). It would be demoralizing to the defense to see the QB pick up first downs rushing the ball.

2. More Lamar Miller, please. I know that Miller isn't getting more playing time because the club is concerned about his blitz pickup and overall pass protection. He's also not 100 percent on his playbook.

But can't the Dolphins find three plays Miller knows and don't involve passing and put the kid in and let him explode? Miller was a 60-yard run waiting to happen in college. He leads all Miami runners with a 5.5 yard per carry average on 24 totes this year. He's explosive. He's a weapon. Give him a chance!

3. Throw in some Wildcat plays at people. Yeah, I know, I'm crazy. The Wildcat is very 2008. Nobody really runs it a ton anymore. But remember that Wildcat's purpose -- aside from surprising the opponent -- is to win a battle of numbers.

Simply, the Wildcat scheme puts as many blockers as defenders into the running play. It puts one more blocker into the play than the conventional running play. That's been one of the Dolphins' problem lately. Teams are stacking the tackle box with eight defenders to outnumber Miami at the line of scrimmage.

OK, then. Raise the stakes! Add a blocker. Let Reggie Bush run away from or Daniel Thomas run over somebody. Yes, it would put Tannehill at receiver for a play. Guess what? He's played WR in college. And as surprises go, this would be one, at least for a down or two.

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Hi Dashi!

Dashi I'm a doctor...I'm not Mexican or else I wouldnt have a phd

Lol, #4?

Can't count Titans D to help "fix" our running game unless the NFl will let us play that D every week.

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Troll!

U know better than that!

Plus u might've hit on the Dashi THING! For Once!

BUT!

Dashi has never called T-Hill by his whole name! Maybe at the beginning when they drafted him! But as Soon as he was a Fin! Dashi started calling him T-Sizzle!

And we all Know DASHI IS ALL FOR SHERMAN BABYING T-HILL!! Teach him how to win from the Pocket first!!! Then Unleash the Beast!

Believe Me!!! If Somebody wants To see Forrest Run!! It's Dashi!! I can't wait till he starts taking off for 15-20 yards at a time!! Or Break 1 for 60+!!

But I would rather prefer T-Hill learn the Position the Right Way! And Beat people from the Pocket!!!

Maybe next year T-Hill starts scrambling!

That Just Shows U!!! How Much Potential T-Sizzle has!! The Coaches have him on a Leash! Til he's properly trained! In The Art Of Passing!

A.Rodgers! Can Run! But he learned to win from the Pocket so much! He doesn't have to run!! That's what the coaches are teaching T-Hill! Forget about Running! So when U do run! It hurts a Defense Even More!

Notice how T-Hill doesn't want to pass the LOS! Like it's some kind of Firewall! He escapes pressure! But Usually he makes the play behind the Line!!

If oscar is a doctor I'm the PRESIDENT!!

Doc, Mexican?

Who said anything about Mexican?

Low Blow though. So No Mexican Doctors?

U might be right! I even Know of Haitian Doctors! But Mexican Doctors?

Even in Texas! I know even In Houston. U can find Indian and Muslim Doctors. But Mexican?

Ur a Doctor! Oscar Do U know any Mexican Doctors?

And I mean certified! Not 1 of these Chop Shop Doctors!!

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unleash Lamar Miller

THE DOLPHINS OFFENSIVE PROBLEMS STEM FROM THIS COACHING STAFF'S TERRIBLE EVALUATION OF OFFENSIVE PERSONNEL ESPECIALLY THE WIDE RECEIVER POSITION. WHEN THIS STAFF TOOK OVER THEY THOUGHT THIS TEAM WAS A 1,3 OR MAYBE A 5 WIN TEAM SO THEY DECIDED TO PLAY THE ROOKIE QB FOR THE FUTURE, ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT HAD THEY PROPERLY PROVIDED HIM WITH MORE WEAPONS HE WOULD BE PERFORMING AT A EVEN BETTER RATE THAN HE HAS AND THAT HE IS ACTUALLY A PRETTY GOOD QB FOR THE FUTURE. THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH HAVING THE EXCUSE THAT WE HAVE A ROOKIE QB! NOW TEAMS REALIZE THAT TO STOP THE DOLPHINS LOAD THE BOX! WELL THE ANSWER IS NOT THE WILDCAT BUT THE MATCH UP OF CHARLES CLAY AGAINST A LINEBACKER COMING OUT OF THE FULL OR H-BACK POSITION! THIS MAKES DEFENSES HAVE TO HONOR THE PA PASS AND TAKES A PLAYER OUT OF THE BOX FOR THE RUNNING GAME! RUN THIS ON 1ST AND SECOND DOWNS AND THIS WILL MAKE 3RD DOWN A MUCH SHORTER DISTANCE. ALL YEAR WHEN CLAY COMES OUT OF THE BACKFIELD HE CREATES PROBLEMS AND TEAMS HAVE NOT STOP IT! ALSO STICK WITH THE RUN MORE TO ALLOW LINEMEN TO GET A FEEL FOR HIS OPPONENT AND TO WEAR DOWN IN 4TH QT. POUNCEY IS A FUTURE ALL PRO SO RUN BEHIND HIM MORE AND STICK WITH IT. FORGET THE LONG RUNS WEAR THEM DOWN 1ST AND THEN STRIKE! GO DOLPHINS LET'S GET TO 5-4 DOLPHINS 34-10

Since we know they are going to stack the box. Pass the ball. Run passing plays until they stop stacking the box. Simple game. Let them blitz. We aren't going to the Superbowl until we improve in a lot of areas and this is one. Run short screens, wideout screens, short 5 yard crossing patterns, deep balls, until the figure they have to stop the pass. And don't go to the run until we run up the score by 20 points. Just keep passing and burning them.

oscar's a Mutt?

Our passing game will find the end zone this Sunday...

kindry, Tannehill cant burn them. The more he passes
more likely THEY WIN!! Thats why they stack the box! Duuuh!

Ryan Tannehill's 5 TD passes in 8 games ranks 33rd in the league. And there's only 32 teams! YIKES!

hey hey hey, don't you all want someone who completed 33% of his passes against 2nd and 3rd string defense's starting?

hey hey hey, don't you want someone who can't beat a team with a winning record to start for you?

Wouldn't you rather stunt our growth than let the future play?

So far teams have dared Tannehill to pass. And in 8 games, only resulted 5 TD 8 int!
Enough said!

Would you rather have someone with no upside lead us to an 8-8 record or have the future lead us to an 8-8 record? A hard decision I know...take your time

did I ruffle your feathers? LOL

Wow trolls are on the loose today! LOL

Troll @ 5:52, probably Kris but he'll never admit it

Please absolutely no more Wildcat. I do completely agree Miller needs more plays. Same goes for Egnew. He wouldn't be the first TE that couldn't block well.

Tannehill has been horrible. Philbin continuing to play him reminds me of Sparano sticking with Henne for 4 friggin years!

Tanny has not been horrible. Stop embarassing yourself. I actually think they have the kid in handcuffs and he needs to throw the ball more since the running game is sputtering.

Broder!

You're crazy as hell, Armando. Get back on your Medicine!

zonk you are a total delusional dumbass

Terry King I agree with it when you say they were playing the rookie QB to give him experience and get him ready for next season.B Marshall was traded before the draft for two 3rd rounders and they didnt pick WR until late in the draft if at all.Egnew is a ghost as a 3rd rounder.Now the Dolphins tried to get a deep receiver as in the Anthony pick up which was a bust he was released.Then they picked up Gaffney and now they are adding DBs off of the waiver wire.The point is Ireland made all those moves to as he puts it win tommorow.If as he put it he wanted to win today he would not have traded two starters for future draft picks.So what happened Tannehill has improved dramatically since the first game and the Dolphins have overachieved thus far to be 4-4.Nobody Knows if Marshall could have helped this team win one or two of the three games they have lost by three points this season.But it goes to show you teams overachieve yearly not even Ireland could have thought they would have played this well thus far.After writing this the toughest part of the schedule is the last six games,we will play 4 games against 3 QBs that can exploit the weak Dolphin pass defense.At least they have Jacksonville and Buffalo at home in those last six.

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Tannehill's 5 td passes rank 33rd out of 32 teams. NUFF SAID!

When are we going to hear Kris and Ody fess up and admit they were DEAD WRONG about Tannehill not being worth the pick at 8?

When?

Just fess up like men. But I know, instead you will retort with grade school mockery.

Agree...more Lamar Miller and RT running if opportunity presents itself.

They're using road grader O-linemen in a finesse, zone blocking scheme. Let them just blast people off the ball instead of ballet dancing to the second level defense while the first level defense creams the running back. Play to the teams strengths.

Mark Allen you are quite literally the only one in the free world who thinks that. Everyone else can see the kid has major upside and is playing in an offense with no te threat and no #1 wr. He is very smart, accurate on the run and getting more accurate as the games progress, quick learner. You know what, I don't have time to write the million other attributes this kid has. If you can't see it like the rest of the world then you will just have to wait until he's killing it to jump on the bandwagon. Right now he is a rookie who was stunted by an injury but is improving every week and making people around the league talk about him and the future of the Dolphins with him at QB being very good. Apparently you have been living under a rock.

Hey Zonk why is that "nuff said"? You think that's the whole story,,,,,REALLY? wow lol

Stupidity reigns in here and I'm leaving so that's the end of anyone having a rationale objective thought in here tonight. Have fun dweebing up the internet children. THHHHEEEEEEEEEE JEEETTTTTSSSSSSSSSSSS SUUUUUCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK. Never going to another super bowl, so sad. Mark Sanchez blows, back to the drawing board. Tebow was a waste of time, buh bye, no wr's, coach on the hot seat, offensive coordinator gone after the season, major cap related problems next year. Have fun Jets fans,,,,,, the cellar was yours for decades,, we cleaned it up for you so you can move back in for the next decade or so.

And don't forget that d Thomas was a converted running back in college. He used to play the quarterback position. So some wild cat shouldnt be out of the question. A former quarterback throwing to a former wide receiver. Would love to see it.

Phins78...you must have started the Friday party early tonight. You should read again what I wrote not the troll. I never said a bad word about Tanny. I was saying they should turn the kid loose and stop running into a wall when they have 8 or 9 in the box.

MarkAllen, you have to realize Phins 78 aint the sharpest tool in the shed, LOL.

Looks like even oscar is getting trolled at 6:17 and 6:38. A lot of people are jealous I guess. Someone (Sissy Krissy) is jealous of oscar and myself enough to troll us huh LOL. keep trying, you'll only give your troll self away

Odds are very high the troll is one of the 'regular' bloggers that gets off on multiple personalities.

Why does anybody, and I mean ANYBODY, ever respond to that odin scuz. He routinely turns the blog into a cesspool. Are people really that DESPERATE for football talk that they stoop so low for it?

perplexed, if it wasn't for kris and dashe and phag78,odin would be very lonely. those guys need to bang some fresh young fine beaver to wake up to reality. they are in stupors.

Perplexed, I dont think anyone reads that troll odindouches posts. Way too long and incoherent.

Odindouche and Dashi = same person

I'm sure most don't read past the first sentence of his drooling garbage, but there are those few that despite his childish and disgusting rants, need attention from even someone that low.

Perplexed

I hear ya bro. And that Kris, his wife is expecting. Can you possibly imagine having an expecting wife and still feel the need to spend your time bantering with the likes of odinslime? Mind boggling.

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