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Dolphins four-wide package a big upgrade

OTA days don't directly translate to regular season success. Players that look brilliant in shorts sometimes fade in the padded violence of games. But OTA do speak to alignments and the vision of a coaching staff. They do serve to provide a glimpse of what may be coming in those areas.

And that's why the Dolphins four-wide set during Tuesday OTA was intriguing.

Mike Wallace. Brain Hartine. Brandon Gibson. Dustin Keller.

Two speedy receivers who have both had 1,000-yard seasons. A proven big, physical reciever that can work the middle and occasionally get deep. And a seam-threat receiver who has a reputation for uncovering quickly and making himself available to his quarterback.

Boom.

We've come a long way from Hartline, Anthony Armstrong, Davone Bess and Anthony Fasano“Yeah you know we’re still learning, but I’m excited about what I see from those guys. They’re all getting a grasp on the offense and we’re starting to get a lot of reps with each other, so (we’re going to) continue to work that to .

If this group stays healthy, there is little reason to doubt that Miami, 26th in the NFL passing the ball in 2012, can become an efficient, effective and scary pass offense that threatens a defense in multiple ways.

"Yeah you know we’re still learning, but I’m excited about what I see from those guys,"quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. "They’re all getting a grasp on the offense and we’re starting to get a lot of reps with each other, so (we’re going to) continue to work that to get better. I'm excited about what they bring to the team and what they showed today."

There wasn't tons to show during Tuesday OTA because it happened in mostly slippery, wet conditions. In fact, that's the first thing Wallace addressed.

Yeah I forgot about that part when I came here, but it’s all a part of it so it’s fine," he said.

That's perhaps the reason everyone looked a step slow to Wallace -- particularly Keller and Gibson.

“I learned about those two guys that they look a lot better on the field than in off-season drills," Wallace said. "They looked a little slow out there but then they get on the field and they’re a lot faster on the field than in workouts."

Part of playing fast is knowing what you're supposed to do. Wallace, Keller and Gibson are still figuring that out to a degree.

“It’s fairly different, fairly different," Keller said comparing the Miami system to that of the New York Jets. "I think pretty much everything in the NFL is all related, but you have different terminology and just different ways of running these things. All in all, it’s fairly similar."

When the players get the system figured out, when they get in proper shape, when they find a comfort level for their roles, then the four-wide package in Miami might become a staple of the passing game. At least, I hope so.

 “I’ve always kind of said it’s a passing league, you have to run the football but you have to be very multi-faceted, but you have to be able to throw the football and do it effectively," Hartline said. "Have depth have guys that can do many different things brings a lot to the table."

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Joe Robbie would roll over in his grave if he saw how Ross has ruined his once proud franchise.

Marino.
At least Urlacher had the decency to step off after 13 years. He didn't jerk his team's fans off for another 5 years and then retire.

The 4.4 BILLION DOLLAR MAN needs to fix his OWN stadium!!

$50 for a lousy seat
$30 to park now
$20 for a warm beer
$10 for a hot dog w/roaches
an 0-5 start because the QB Tannehenne can't even hit his WR's in practice shorts with zero rush and to see an empty stadium,
PRICELESS.
ROFLMFAO


I'm pretty sure that Clabo will be a LOT better than Colombo on the right side!
We should not have any problems running the ball. We have some nasty O-linemen.
Miller will be fine toting the rock and should get 1,000 yards+ this year if he stays healthy. We have plenty of depth at a lot of positions that we didn't have before; RB, DB, WR, TE, LB.
Tannehill will be prove to be a good QB in his 2nd year (possibly on the verge of "great").
We're faster on both sides of the ball. And, this year, we'll play that way on the field.
We'll have a winning season this year; at least 9 wins.
And, if you don't believe any of this, then you haven't been paying attention! I suggest you educate yourself! This isn't your fantasy league or Madden, this is the real NFL!

Tracey, 5-11 in the 1st year of a major rebuild.

Nope...

That's funny...

Actually, I'm more bothered that he couldn't spell my name correctly than his erroneous assertion that we're in a major rebuilding year and will go 5-11. Obviously, he's one of those that hasn't been paying attention (per my previous post).

Well, I guess the 2nd shift blog troll picked up his "My Little Pony" lunchbox, clocked out, and is now headed home where he'll enjoy a microwave TV dinner in his mother's basement...
Sad...

Cheap Fish you must be describing your moms pussie

$5.00 to stick it in Cheap Fish's mom ass-hole

I didn't read all the comments, but, Ummm...

Mandy. That's 3 WR's and a TE

the comparison was to ANOTHER 3 WR set.

Keller might be fast, and they might line him up in the WR slot, but, that's still 3 wide outs and a TE, and a LB or safety could cover him.

I didn't read all the comments, but, Ummm...

Mandy. That's 3 WR's and a TE

the comparison was to ANOTHER 3 WR set.

Keller might be fast, and they might line him up in the WR slot, but, that's still 3 wide outs and a TE, and a LB or safety could cover him.

Posted by: Marc | May 23, 2013 at 01:25 AM

I disagree. SOME LB's may be able to cover him but not the majority. Keller ran a 4.5 forty at the combine and is faster than many starting WR's. the question is if he is fully recovered and back to old form.

They almost fukkked it up, but didn't.

I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL AND EXOTIC SCENT THAT CANNOT BE CAPTURED IN WORDS.

IT CAN ONLY BE EXPERIENCED.

Tu eres mari-on, CHANDARA.

Not that there is anything wrong with that, it's not in your Power. We know.

Mi olor es del Cielo. Mi esencia es del diablo.

Soy el color del pecado.

If you can believe it, Everything started because of Differences.

We are Cyclic, also. Stop worrying about Death, pluuuueseee

Oscar, you can be that trailblazer here and be the first to say "yes. this is who I am."

If J. Martin can do a decent job at LT the Phins sweep both Buff & nyjerks.
It might be a stretch but if we can split with N.E. winning a hm gm Mia could easily be looking at 9 -7 & a chance to Wild Card.
Our Deff will be good & who cares how good our Running Backs are when were a West Coast Off !?!?
RBs are like underwear in this Off ... "wash n wear", next!

We dont have a running game.

Could have had a tone of cheap FA for backups - Bradshaw, Ringer.

We got no one.

No running game = more blitzes = Tanny getting crushed with tiny Martin covering his blind side.

You can put lipstick on a pig - but it still smells like a crappy ass pig.

Posted by: Ireland WILL screw up

HEY TOOL!!! I think Lamar Miller will have a surprise for you ... when the season starts .. you'll look like a fool and say "where did this guy come from?" ... But true fin fans won't .. We watch the team , and see it coming ... MILLER TIME BABY!!! Sit a spin you Lipstick pig , cause you stink!

$50 for a lousy seat
$30 to park now
$20 for a warm beer
$10 for a hot dog w/roaches
an 0-5 start because the QB Tannehenne can't even hit his WR's in practice shorts with zero rush and to see an empty stadium,
PRICELESS.
ROFLMFAO


Posted by: CHEAP FISH

And In NY it's >>>

75$ for cheap seat
40$ to park with no tailgating
25$ for warm beer
15$ for a hot dog with rat crap as a topping
300$ fine for fighting with a pissed of Jet fan that is sitting behind you , Cause the jets cant score, or win a game.
0-13 start cause Sandcheese can't throw, no one can block for him and the defense cant blitz, or stop anyone from scoring
GOOD LUCK WITH THAT TOOL!

They should change the name of the team as well to reflect the fans in this town... should be THE MIAMI BABIES!!!..... cry all day no matter what happens!!! wee....wee....wee..... no wonder sports in this town suck so bad!!.....

We have nothing to lose with Egnew and everything to gain. I biggest hurdle is to get 20 new players to mesh. That may take time and we have a tough schedule to start the season. Go Dolphins!

Hartline isn't fast. I won't call him slow but, he doesn't run pass ppl unless on double moves. Stop lying to the public.

Still need a legit #2 Wide Receiver

Posted by: Seth | May 22, 2013 at 02:10 PM

Agreed, unless Hartline improve (not on stats but, on skill)

Posted by: NHPhinsfan | May 22, 2013 at 03:36 PM

I disagree. This team shouldn't be close to 7 wins. 9 is the minimal. Def is going to be better offense should be better. Tougher games yes but this team will be better all around. Only position I worry is QB and O-line. T-hill has to make jumps. No if or buts about it. He has to be a top 15 QB(top half of the league) Miller isn't going blow ppl away in my IMO but, will be good (if he stays on the field)

Posted by: CameltoeJoe | May 22, 2013 at 06:55 PM

The guy who did it played for the dolphins and his last name was BELL......remember now?

Wait and see nonbelievers! Go Joe Jeff Go Dolphins!

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