Wednesday, February 04, 2015

My Way Or The Highway

 Many articles are being written about Dolphins WR Mike Wallace. The theme is, will he stay or will he go?

His history is too well documented to rehash it here. What concerns me is what the Dolphins will do. Philbin is famous for throwing talent overboard, regardless of cost. However, it would be a mistake to do so with Wallace.

The simple problem is that Dolphins OC Bill Lazor doesn't know how to maximize Wallace's talents.

Arizona Head Coach Bruce Arians on Wallace when he was the Steelers offensive coordinator, "He is fun to coach," Arians explained. "He brings a lot of energy, a great smile to work every day. Great in the locker room, great practice habits and obviously he can bust it open on game day at any given moment. It was fun. We changed our game a little bit about routes because of his speed. Instead of running vertical routes, we ran a lot of diagonals from one corner to the other corner because he could get there. It was fun putting pressure on defenses with his speed. He didn't have to go deep to catch it. He could take the short ball and got so much better at taking the screens or the quick passes and taking them to the house."

Lazor is great with Tannehill as he was great with Foles in Philadelphia. Where he comes up short is using Wallace's talents. Not surprisingly, the bulk of Lazor's background is mainly with quarterbacks:

- played quarterback at Cornell
- qb coach,  Redskins
- qb coach, Seahawks
- qb coach, Eagles

I'm a fan of Lazor! He just hasn't developed a place for Wallace in his offense. Consequently, a frustrated Wallace has fallen into Philbin's doghouse. We all know what that means.

The bigger problem, Philbin is a systems coach. He's uncomfortable with innovation and prefers to shape talent to fit a philosophy. Square peg in a round hole, if it doesn't fit, toss it out.

As fans, we are left to ponder what 2015 will bring, or take away!
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If Tannehill didn't over or underthrow Wallace a few times, and Wallace either high-pointed or dove for a few long balls, we wouldn't be saying that there isn't a place for Wallace on the offense.
And I'm not talking every attempt, b/c that's not realistic.
Just some of them.
Between the two of them--one way or another, they've probably left 10 TDs and 500 yds on the field over the last 2 seasons.

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So true Steve.

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Don't get rid of Wallace-- get rid of Philbin....he's the captain of a ship of fools that's already taking on water and it hasn't even left port yet...!

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Philbin needs to go!

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Guys Philbin isn't going anywhere for at least another year. I don't know why everyone keeps complaining about it. Like him or hate him, we're stuck with him at least through the 2015 season. It is what it is. I really wanted Coyle gone but that doesn't look like it's in the cards either.

All we can hope for is that either Philbin and Coyle figure it out and coach better or we knock the draft/FA out of the park and the talent makes up for the coaching deficiencies. I'm expecting the ladder, if anything.

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Philbin and Coyle figure it out and coach better? I have zero expectation they will. Gosh o'man, I hope they prove me wrong. But sadly, I just don't see it happening...