Written by Luis Sung at 8:15 PM EST | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
When offensive coordinator Bill Lazor came to Miami, everyone expected there to be big changes in the offensive style, and that is exactly what has happened as the team has reached the halfway point of their season.
At first, the team struggled to get anything going, and many questioned whether Lazor and the rest of the coaching staff really knew what they were doing, but now that everything seems to be clicking and the team has learned most of the facets of the offense, the team has had a chance to see exactly what the offense has done for them as a team.
“It’s probably the best recipe rather than knowing who is going to catch the ball. I would say the ability to get everybody involved that’s on the field, they put in their preparation, guys work hard all year long, and the more guys are involved the better off the offense is going to operate." wide receiver Brian Hartline said about the offense's tendency to spread the ball around. "It keeps the defense off balance and last game was a good showing of that.”
But as mentioned earlier, the offense took time to gel. Former Dolphins tight end Troy Drayton recently stated that it;s about this time of year that the team really learns the intricacies of the offense, at least in his day. That seems to be the case as the offense seems to have finally figured itself out.
“I think historically offense sometimes takes a while to gel or get rolling. I don’t care if it’s a new scheme because the transition sometimes, in the years I’ve been coaching in the league, you might have 30 percent transition on your offensive team." said head coach Joe Philbin. "It takes time, but I think we’re seeing signs of progress and those things need to continue.”
Perhaps the biggest and most noticeable change has been what the offense has done for quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has thrived in this new offense in recent weeks.
“He’s having a great year for our football team." said center/guard Mike Pouncey. "He’s the reason we’re playing well. When he runs the ball, it opens up everything. He’s been having a phenomenal year so far. He’s had his best year since being in the NFL.”
The running parts of Tannehill's game has gotten a lot of credit for the offense working so well all of a sudden, and it isn't just Pouncey saying so.
“Just taking what the defense gives us. If they’re not respecting the read option, not respecting Ryan as a runner, he has the free reign to run the ball as he sees fit." said Hartline. "It makes it tough at times on the outside blocking, but we block for it just in case.”
Hopefully against the Detroit Lions, the offense will continue to show that they can pull it all together. All the necessities are there, they just have to execute.