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The issues with getting the ball deep to Mike Wallace

I shared with you earlier in the week how Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace said he was "definitely worried" about his first four games with the Dolphins.

Well, as Wallace is very important to the success of this team, I decided to explore why it is Wallace on the Dolphins is not quite working like Wallace on the Steelers worked for much of his four years there. Now, please keep perspective. We're only talking four games. Things can get better as soon as today's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

But for that to happen some changes have to be made.


Because in studying these issues, I've come to the conclusion everyone involved is partially responsible for Wallace so far not being the dynamic deep threat I know he can be.

Basically, I blame everyone.

In my column in today's Miami Herald, I go through the reasons Wallace isn't succeeding consistently so far. You want to know who I blame most?

The coaching staff.

Joe Philbin, you see, has taken an approach he thinks is right with Wallace and as you'll see, once Joe makes a decision, it is apparently written in stone and even if you question him, as I did, he comes back with the ""that's how we do it" response.

My column explains why the Dolphins should re-think that approach in this instance. They should re-think not moving Wallace around. They should re-think always lining him up on the right side. They should re-think how much production they're going to get out of their deep-threat receiver while lining him out right because their quarterback has issues thowing deep to his right.

Darn, gave part of it away.

By the way, would it be the first time Dolphins coaches misuse talent? Remember they kept insisting Reggie Bush is a between the tackle runner? Detroit puts him out in space and away we go. Remember they told us last year Jared Odrick is a defensive end? No, he's a defensive tackle in a 4-3 or a DE in a 3-4 but not a 4-3. Remember they're still insisting Daniel Thomas is every bit as good as any other RB on the roster?

Remember they took a 3-4 defense that was sixth in the NFL in points allowed in 2011 (yielding 19.6 points per game) and turned it into a 4-3 unit that was seventh in points allowed in 2012 (19.8 PPG) and is now 15th in points allowed (22.8 PPG)? We're going in the wrong direction, here. 

Check out the column. Then come back here and leave your comments.


[Update: By the way, one issue I didn't include in my column or in this post earlier is how the Dolphins practices are set up. I had a club source text me, apparently after he read what I wrote, and told me he thinks the Dolphins don't focus enough in practice getting the ball to Wallace deep and so it's no surprise it doesn't happen that often in games. Interesting.]