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Mike Wallace calls it like it is

It's not what Mike Wallace says but how he says it. Basically, the man cannot lie and you see how transparent he is when he talks about the season he's had with the Dolphins and the so-far disappointing chemistry he's had with quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Wallace, who has 44 catches for 534 yards (12.1 yard per catch) with one touchdown, today was asked what type of season he's having.

"It's alright, it's OK," Wallace says, a sly smile coming his to his face.

Could be better?

"A lot better," he says.

Indeed, the Dolphins have a count for the number of times he's been open deep down the field for potential touchdowns and the ball was either underthrown, poorly thrown, or thrown to another receiver short. The number is in the double figures.

So no wonder Wallace feels it could be better. And make no mistake, scoring points is what Wallace sees as the thing when discussing personal goals. It's not catches. It's not yards. Points. And on that front, he knows it isn't happening for him.

"Sheesh, I got one touchdown," he said.

Wallace was asked if, because of his speed, Tannehill should simply try to overthrow him and at the very least allow him to run under passes. Wallace's chuckes.

"Maybe."

Wallace was asked if he's frustrated with Tannehill and he answers, "Nope, I'm not frustrated. I'm fine. I just want to win football games."

Wallace is definitely frustrated that the things he did in Pittsburgh for four years have not translated. He mentioned earlier this year after Week 4 that he was worried but it wasn't time to panic. He said, however, if we reached Week 8 and nothing had changed, that would be time to panic.

"Ha, it's Week 11," Wallace noted. "

The amazing thing is there seems to be a disconnect in what Wallace sees as success and wants to accomplish -- which is probably in line with what the rest of the world wants -- and what the Dolphins see and want.

You'll recall after Wallace caught four passes for 39 yards against San Diego, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was effusive about Wallace.

"I thought Mike had a tremendous ball game," Sherman said. "He ran hard, and he ran his routes very disciplined.  He was open on a number of occasion and sometimes it was protection issues and we didn’t get him the ball, other times we just didn’t get him the ball, but I thought Mike had a tremendous impact in that ball game, because he changed how they played us and allowed us an opportunity to control the game with some runs and what not.  He started the game with a catch and a first down where he broke some tackles.  It kind of set a tempo for us, I thought, in that ball game."

Wallace was asked what he thought of Sherman raving about him.

"He raved about the game I had?" Wallace asked incredulously. "I had 39 yards."

Good to know Wallace is still a resident of Earth -- along with the rest of us.

 

 

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get mw a qb

soooooo,mike sherman is delusional along with being clueless and out dated huh?
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lol

Wallace is a burner, I hope we can fix things and start using him as the dangerous weapon he can be.

sorry Mando. I know you really tried extra hard to stir the pot and Wallace simply wouldn't play along. Oh well, you still have the glory hole at Shula's Steakhouse bathroom.

Armando,
In most games Ryan Tannehill leaves 1 or 2 TD on the field because of his poor down field accuracy. Mike Wallace should have at least 4 or 5 TD passes this season. Yet he has 1. The down field accuracy is what will make Tannehill a lifetime average to good QB rather than a franchise QB.

People will criticize Wallace , and criticize Miami for signing him , but the bottom line is that without Wallace's presence as a decoy , Hartline , Matthews , Clay and previously , Gibson would not have received single coverage so often.

Don't listen Ryan, Your best games are when you spread the ball around and not forcing it to Wallace. Keep doing what you do well and let Wallace open up the underneath routes.

This is the exact same topic that gets you accused of saying Tannehill is a bust in this blog. No one says Tannehill's a bust, just what's up with the consistent UNDERTHROWING deep to a wide open Wallace. That's all.

Even with aqua and orange sunglasses anyone can see that. Tannehill's mother isn't that much of a Tanne-homer and she birth him.

It's been a problem since day 1 in training camp.

Tannehill just cannot throw the deep ball....period.

Brandon Marshall, Mike Wallace, Ted Ginn, Clyde Gates....we've had some speed at the WR position and we just cannot utilize it properly.

Anyone with eyes saw last night on MNF what can happen with a QB that has above average talent.

every game, make it a point to take 3 or 4 shots. one of them should connect.

Now....FIRE IRELAND and get a GM who can evaluate TALENT....especially at the QB position.

MIT, it isn't about forcing the ball to Tannehill. Its about the consistent UNDERTHROWS when Wallace is wide open deep. Nothing more, nothing less.

No one can figure this out. Thus far, not even Tannehill himself.

yeah this issue is on Tannehill. He just needs to throw the damn thing as far as he can. I would say over throwing Mike is harder then this stupid timed approach he has been taking.

Correction: forcing the ball to Walace./

Two things. This first line is evidence that most reporters are mentally challenged.
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"Wallace was asked if he's frustrated with Tannehill and he answers, "Nope, I'm not frustrated. I'm fine. I just want to win football games."
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If the reporter who asked this question honestly thought Wallace would throw the qb under the bus (when talking to the media) than he's brain dead. What a stupid f$#@ing question to ask, especially considering he already knew what the answer was.

Everyone of Tannehill's overthrows to Wallace occurred on the right sideline.
I believe there was one down the seam two weeks ago that Wallace had to wait on that got defended (CIN game?)
None on the left side, which is interesting...I know that's Hartlines' side...I'm just saying, mix it up a little and maybe its an optic thing with Tannehill.

Like I've been saying for a while now, it would make me happy to see Tannehill OVERTHROW Wallace for once.

Even That would seem like improvement. Underthrowing Wallace has gotten old and redundant.

I'm at the point I'd like to see Wallace throw to Tannehill.

Secondly'
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The amazing thing is there seems to be a disconnect in what Wallace sees as success and wants to accomplish -- which is probably in line with what the rest of the world wants -- and what the Dolphins see and want.

You'll recall after Wallace caught four passes for 39 yards against San Diego, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was effusive about Wallace.

"I thought Mike had a tremendous ball game," Sherman said. "He ran hard, and he ran his routes very disciplined. He was open on a number of occasion and sometimes it was protection issues and we didn’t get him the ball, other times we just didn’t get him the ball, but I thought Mike had a tremendous impact in that ball game, because he changed how they played us and allowed us an opportunity to control the game with some runs and what not. He started the game with a catch and a first down where he broke some tackles. It kind of set a tempo for us, I thought, in that ball game."

Wallace was asked what he thought of Sherman raving about him.

"He raved about the game I had?" Wallace asked incredulously. "I had 39 yards."

Good to know Wallace is still a resident of Earth -- along with the rest of us.
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Armando please speak for yourself and not "the world". I don't give a crap if Wallace gets zero catches per game if it means he's drawing double coverage, the rest of the guys are getting open, and the Dolphins win the game. Sherman said he had a hell of a game and he did BECAUSE THIS IS NOT FANTASY FOOTBALL AND PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS MEAN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IF YOU WIN THE GAME! Who cares what his numbers were, THEY WON!

You fantasy football fans are ruining REAL football with your numbers bs.


Everyone of Tannehill's overthrows to Wallace occurred on the right sideline.
I believe there was one down the seam two weeks ago that Wallace had to wait on that got defended (CIN game?)
None on the left side, which is interesting...I know that's Hartlines' side...I'm just saying, mix it up a little and maybe its an optic thing with Tannehill.


Posted by: NHFINSFAN | November 19, 2013 at 04:06 PM


You maybe onto something here. Tannehill's a right handed passer, so throwing deep to the left side of the field may gives a better passing angle for the right handed qb.

Someone needs to fax Sherman this. Because doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results is called insanity. Trying something new maybe exactly what Sherman needs to do.


I'm at the point I'd like to see Wallace throw to Tannehill.

Posted by: Bodine | November 19, 2013 at 04:09 PM


Great post, lmao!

Matt Moore could hit Wallace.. ( and he plays with emotion and enthusiasm ...)..

Perhaps if Mike Wallace would CATCH the passes that HIT HIM IN THE HANDS, there wouldn't be a problem, eh?

Lastly, RYAN TANNEHILL HAS TROUBLE CONNECTING ON DEEP PASSES. He did in college and he does now. So is there a reason this gets pointed out every minute of the day as if no one else is aware of the problem? WE KNOW, and there's nothing we can do about it. The Dolphins are already forcing us to eat a giant bowl of poop why do you guys feel it necessary to stand over us peeing in the bowl while we try to eat? Unnecessary to say the least.

And this is a great story. I look forward to the next story where you talk about Tannehill's frustrations with Wallace's mistakes as in dropped passes, lining up in the wrong position, refusing to go up and fight for contested balls, etc. I won't hold my breath, you guys are too busy making excuses for half of the team and blaming all of the problems on the other half.

I'm at the point I'd like to see Wallace throw to Tannehill.
Posted by: Bodine | November 19, 2013 at 04:09 PM
lol

Its funny, looks like I am the only one in the world that just stopped trusting wallace. 2 of Tannehills INTs is because of wallace just giving up and not going after the DB, and the balls he should have caught but they just were not important enough. If I were Tannehill I would just go through the motions when throwing to wallace, he has the speed but probably is #4 or 5 when it comes to hands and fighting for the ball.

Posted by: B.Bomhauer | November 19, 2013 at 04:14 PM

Yeah but Matt Moore has already had almost a decade to prove himself and he still isn't any better than Tannehill. You don't seem to grasp the concept of upside versus too late.


Lastly, RYAN TANNEHILL HAS TROUBLE CONNECTING ON DEEP PASSES. He did in college and he does now. So is there a reason this gets pointed out every minute of the day as if no one else is aware of the problem? WE KNOW, and there's nothing we can do about it. The Dolphins are already forcing us to eat a giant bowl of poop why do you guys feel it necessary to stand over us peeing in the bowl while we try to eat? Unnecessary to say the least.

And this is a great story. I look forward to the next story where you talk about Tannehill's frustrations with Wallace's mistakes as in dropped passes, lining up in the wrong position, refusing to go up and fight for contested balls, etc. I won't hold my breath, you guys are too busy making excuses for half of the team and blaming all of the problems on the other half.



Posted by: Phins78 | November 19, 2013 at 04:17 PM

BEST post EVER by you....hit it out of the park!!

I get it Sam but every time this becomes a hot topic, inevitably the next game Tannehill forces a couple to Wallace and more often than not it leads to game losing INTs or fumbles hoping the line gives him enough time. We can't be concerned with individual stats now. It's all about winning not if Wallace gets a couple of bombs. The formula for this team winning all year has been keeping a clean offensive game, taking advantage of our trips into the red zone, and relying on the defense ot keep the other team out of the end zone wihtout putting additional stress on them of extra turnovers.

This is not a down the field offense and Tannehill has never played in a down the field offense. Wallace's primary signing was not for him to be a decoy and open up the other receivers. That is supposed to be a byproduct of catching a lot of deep passes.So while the fins got a win using Wallace as a decoy, how many points and wins did they leave on the table because of missed opportunities. If teams have no respect in Tannehill throwing deep, then being a decoy will not work anymore either by seasons end. Tannehill throws late to Wallace because Tannehill looks for the short sure pass first and by the time he see's Wallace open down the side it's too late.

I guess we won't hear it from Mando, but Pouncey has to have his gallbladder removed (must have gallstones). He's trying to take medication and see if he can tough out the pain and play, but I know people who've had that and the pain is intolerable. Heard recovery from surgery is anywhere from a week or 2 to 6-8 weeks. So who's knows. We might as well shut him down.

dolfnman, you do know that the moment other teams stop respecting Wallace deep, they will leave him single covered leading to more/easier opportunities. It's not that Tanehill can't thorw a deep pass, it's just that he''s not very efficient at it right now. By the way, just by code def co-ordinators are conservative to not give up the big play so I doubt you will see the safety drop down many times. Ask Cincy how that worked for them in that overtime? Brilliant call by Zimmer ... and to think we copy that defense .... sigh.

THIS POINTS EXACTLY TO WHY WHY CANNOT SCORE MORE THAN 24 POINTS A GAME.

Mike Wallace cashes his checks and calls it close to what the other Mike Wallace of 60 minutes does.
I dont know if Irelish or Shermish get a cut outta fish Wallace not talkin head Wallace,but I know Salguero dont get a cent from fish Wallace.

worst matchup possible this week for fins, car front 4 will destroy the oline. carolina 31-6


Lastly, RYAN TANNEHILL HAS TROUBLE CONNECTING ON DEEP PASSES. He did in college and he does now. So is there a reason this gets pointed out every minute of the day as if no one else is aware of the problem? WE KNOW, and there's nothing we can do about it.


Posted by: Phins78 | November 19, 2013 at 04:17 PM

Wasn't Ireland aware of this upon rafting Tannehill? Apparently not, when going out a season later spending $60 million for one of the top 3 DEEP THREATS in the entire league.

That's why I say if this UNDERTHROWING ISSUE isn't soon resolved, IT"S MORE ON IRELAND than either Tannehill or Wallace. It means 2 years in a row, Ireland did not do thorough enough research on neither Tannehill, nor Wallace.

Ireland may have drafted Tannehill with soley Mike Sherman's blessing. Sherman, of all people, should have known if Tannehill has had issues with the deep ball going back to the A&M days.

Matt Moore throws a GREAT deep ball. Puts air under it. Over the middle is where he is weak & where Tanny excels.

Maybe just throw Moore out there for 2 or 3 plays a game to chuck it to Wallace. If you could only blend them together, we'd have 1 above average QB.

Wallace hates TanneBust like Marshall hated HenneBust. Its Deja Vu.

That's all on Tannehill. He's not setting his feet quickly enough and not transferring the weight and momentum forward, I don't care if he has 1.8 sec to throw. I saw Marino get rid of the ball accurately 50 yds downfield in less time than dat.

It is gonna work. It is just gonna take some more time. Tanne is a 2nd year guy. Wallace isn't always able to do what is necessary.

So I agree with Mark. Just play to win. Don't look at stats. If Tanne throws for 99 yards and we run for 8 but still win....who cares? Henne threw for 400 yards against New England and we still lost. I remember that.

I'm still holding out hope Tannehill/Wallace soon iron out the deepball issues. Especially since Wallace gets paid $17 million in 2014, we can't cut him because he counts $23 million in DEAD MONEY, and these are the primary 2 reason why he's also UNTRADEBLE before 2015.

if Wallace had realized how bad Tanny was, he would've ssked for NORE MONEY!! lol


If Tanne throws for 99 yards and we run for 8 but still win....who cares? Henne threw for 400 yards against New England and we still lost. I remember that.

Posted by: klndry | November 19, 2013 at 04:44 PM

Sorry, but, you would really have to cherish that win. Because under that formula you're 1-15 for the season.

99yds passing, 8yds rushing?

asked

P78 @4:11,

Great post and agreed on every point except one.

Most(Not All) fantasy football fans are ruining the game. As the Waiver Wire King, I can attest that if you don't produce for my team your ass will get Cut from my squad. I only have 2 players starting that my team drafted. Every other player has been picked up throughout the season. And if Fitz keeps playing like C-rap he to will be riding the Pine.

next year it will come alive.

When you all get a break from sulking...

Note that only 5 teams in the AFC have a better record than us.

If you knew preseason that after ten games we'd be tied for a playoff berth, you'd be stoked.

first off, Sherman said what you'd expect him to say, so discount that--second, Wallace is right on.....production means points/TDs, not catches or yards--and I'm not sure why his reputation gest spun as "his production" (him) vs "wins"/(team)--theyre not mutually exclusive--high production for him should translate to more wins, or increases that chance at least--this "out for himself" vs "team player" is nonsense....they're directly connected--who doesnt want to feel like they're production is helping the team win?

Wallace is a proven commodity....he KNOWS he can produce points, and therfore help the team win--who can blame him for being frustrated, as we throw 8 yard passes to Matthews while Wallace sits out there open plenty of times, or gets underthrown, or not thrown to at all....regardless of what Sherman says, our offense is not very good/productive--thats a fact

If we win out, we win our division.

I's like to know if either of our two rookie CB's are ever going to play again.

What I like that some were trying to make a big deal out of it, Wallace IS NOT A DIVA!!

Yes, he gets angry when he doesn't get the ball, anybody who has ever played any game and feels that they can make an Impact should get mad when you don't get the ball enough and lose. If you don't , you never wanted to win in the first place. Reason I don't get why the Media gets mad when a player wants the ball.

But like my boy B.Bonds told a reporter once. Most media members never played sports and are nerds who feel that they have the power now and everyone has to agree with them. Never mind that their job depends on covering the Athlete not the other way around.

With that said, Wallace can't catch a cold.

Fred....interesting comment....dude, they're ROOKIES, as you so deftly pointed out--all of 10 games into their first NFL season....and behind Grimes and Patterson (when healthy), who have both had excellent years....even if they take snaps from Carrol and/or Wilson, neither is playing ahead of Grimes--yes, obviously off to a slow start but again.....they're rookies. One starts next year when Patterson leaves....book it.

Who cares? Has there ever been a player that's any good that hasn't said it could be better? Show me one and I'll show you a guy on the decline. What a ridiculous way to frame it.

Oscar could be on to something. Too bad we'll never know with a QB coach who has next to no experience as a coach and almost none in the NFL

cocoa hit it on the nose....cant tell me TH couldnt improve with a better QB coach, and coaching in general

I will not be critical of Wallace. Because he has a quarterback who cannot throw the long ball.

We will see Carolina go down Sunday. Then you can talk about how great Tannehill is.

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