Written by Luis Sung | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
With the exception of the impressive week one performance against the New England Patriots, the Miami Dolphins have struggled to get anything going on the offensive side of the ball, and the blame can be pointed in all sorts of different directions.
One of the biggest contrubting factors however is that the Dolphins lead the league in dropped passes with a whopping twelve drops after only three weeks, and they all seemed to be major drive killers.
"You know, like I said, it’s the beginning of the season." said wide receiver Rishard Matthews. "We’re all still getting used to a new system and Coach (Bill) Lazor and how he wants us to be in detail with our routes, and you know I keep saying: it’s the beginning of the season. We have time to improve.”
While that may be true, the offense's struggles have been the cause of a lot of controversy regarding the quarterback position. Head coach Joe Philbin was asked if the new offense has been the cause for Ryan Tannehill's struggles.
“We’ve been working hard at this thing since April 21st." Joe Philbin said. "As I always say, the reps and the things you do in practice have to count for something. I want to say we had over 1,100 competitive snaps in the OTAs. We’ve had over 1,600 in training camp. We had preseason games. We had three regular season games. I don’t want to minimize it. The schemes, there are some differences, but, at the end of the day, football is football really.”
Clearly the Dolphins have had a lot of issues on offense. Along with bad playcalling, the execution of said plays has been average at best. The team has a chance to turn things around against the Oakland Raiders in London on Sunday, and if they can step it up there, they will have taken the first step on the comeback trail.
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