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
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!