Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
When a team wins or loses, the quarterback and the head coach are the ones who get the credit but also get all of the blame, whether it’s warranted or not. On Sunday, Joe Philbin and Ryan Tannehill received lots of praise but it’s also important to note three guys on the offensive side of the ball who really stepped up and played well – Charles Clay, Lamar Miller and Mike Wallace.
Clay had 4 receptions for 58 yards with 1 touchdown on the day and Miller rushed for 61 yards on 8 carriers. He also added 2 receptions for 22 yards in his first game without Knowshon Moreno on the sidelines.
“Everything starts upfront,” Joe Philbin said while also pointing out the offensive line’s success. “Overall – I know we had a lot of sacks in the first-half – but I thought our line played relatively well and they just did their jobs. Ryan got Charles the ball a couple of times. I thought there was a real-nice run Charles had a heck of a block on one of the runs going in – might have been the fourth quarter that Daniel Thomas had off the right edge there. So he did some good things blocking Charles did as well and Lamar was his productive self.”
Mike Wallace caught 5 passes for 46 yards and averaged 9.2 yards per reception. He also had one touchdown catch on the day, which brought his total this season to five, which is all of what he had last year. Wallace said he wanted to attack, especially after Bears’ cornerback Kyle Fuller left the game. However, the coaches stayed within their game plan and didn’t veer off script.
“I kind of wanted to attack, honestly. We stayed in our game plan and did what the coaches told us. Fuller’s a great young player and he’s going to be good, but anyone who’s out there you have to go at them.
Wallace also brought up the importance of the defense creating turnovers and putting the offense in scoring position just about every time.
“Anytime you can flip the field it’s great for your offense and for your whole team. I felt like we let them down one time when we didn’t score a touchdown but it was a good day for us.”
So, while Tannehill, Philbin and even Bill Lazor will get most of the credit, it’s important to remember that others deserve just as much – especially Clay, Miller and Wallace.