Written by Steven Wilson | Twitter: @stevenjwilson11
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill had his best outing of the season last Sunday against the Bears and a big reason for his success was the play of his wideouts. Miami’s receivers created separation, found weaknesses in the defense and racked up yardage after the catch this past weekend en route to a 27-14 victory on the road.
“I thought our guys ran fast,” Head Coach Joe Philbin stated. “I thought that was something that showed up again during the practice week. I thought our guys ran well during practice [and] I thought they ran well in the game.”
According to Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor, the receiving corps had one of its best practices early in the week, which led to eye-popping speed inside Soldier Field.
“I thought they ran as fast as I’ve seen guys run on a Tuesday at practice,” he admitted. “We don’t ask them to do a lot of it, but when they did, they went fast. They came out with a certain mindset of how they wanted to play, and I thought they did a really nice job of getting open.”
Lazor helped the group create that mindset earlier in the week after a disappointing loss to Green Bay.
“I think our receiving corps had their best week of practice,” Lazor said. “It started last Tuesday. We talked coming out of that Green Bay game about a certain mindset that we wanted to approach this game.”
On two separate occasions, Tannehill found his pass-catchers for scores first throwing to Charles Clay and then finding Mike Wallace. The Dolphins exploited the Bears secondary with corner routes for two scores and another big play early in the game by Clay.
“They did some different things I think hopefully because of the success we had in the running game throughout the course of the season,” Philbin said. “I think some teams typically have been dropping down an extra player late, close to the line of scrimmage, which opens up some of those things in the passing game. Everything kind of works together, but I thought, overall, [our] effort on the outside was good.”
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