This film analysis was completed by Matthew Knowles. Follow him on Twitter: @blueflamespcl
I love the Miami Dolphins. I always have and always will. But from time to time, the coaching decisions quite frankly befuddle me. Rishard Matthews is one of these examples. The unwillingness to use him in their offense is egregious. I am not an insider so I cannot tell you if Matthews just doesn’t understand the Lazor offense, or if he isn’t a Philbin favorite. Is he an inept or unwilling blocker? The fact remains; Matthews has demonstrated toughness, hands, and he did produce when given the opportunity. I was not a fan of former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman’s predictable and boring offense, but he did see the potential of Matthews and found ways to get him the ball.
If the rumors of Matthews' desire to be traded are true, I understand where he is coming from. Matthews can play. But I would tell him there is opportunity on this team. I would tell Matthews that he should try to work on his blocking and high point game and get bigger to fill in the role that Charles Clay left with his departure. Some of you may be shaking your head saying Clay, but Matthews can fill that role as a big slot WR that Clay often played.
All of these images are from the 2013 season because this is when I believe that Matthews was best utilized and can be continued to be utilized if the Dolphins keep him around and want to make him a bigger part of this offense. In 2014, while he was used in the offense, they didn't always play to his strengths. It sometimes seems as if the Dolphins didn't know exactly what to do with him but 2013 shows what is capable of.
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