Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Five games into the season, the Miami Dolphins are still struggling to get off to a fast start on the offensive side of the ball and the players and coaches still don’t have an answer for it. Even more mind boggling is the fact that Ryan Tannehill has been the model of inconsistency between both halves.
“I think, offensively, it’s a function of the whole unit. I don’t think it was just him,” Joe Philbin said. “Again, if you look at our run game, we had one yard by our running backs at halftime. It probably leaves you to believe that maybe the blocking wasn’t quite up to snuff, maybe our backs maybe could have read one a hair better here or there. We may have had a drop in the first half. There’s a lot of contributing factors, but certainly I have to get us off to a better start offensively. We had 90 yards of offense or something in the first half. We didn’t have a lot of rhythm and tempo. It’s on me.”
The Dolphins struggled with third downs on Sunday and were put into a lot of tough situations because of it. Philbin said they’ll take a look at it during practice this week and work to get better.
“We had a couple more long yardage ones yesterday that made it a little difficult. I know we ran a quarterback draw maybe on third-and-eight. I think we got six. I have to look at that in practice, maybe devote a little more practice time and spend some more time and get concepts that our players know in the passing game, maybe focus on those, maybe try to do less, and maybe less is more. Certainly, we have to start better, we’ve got to get more points on the board before halftime than we have. In three games, we’ve had virtually no (points). In Buffalo, we had what, none? In Kansas City, we had what, three? In this game, we had three. We’ve got to do a better job.”
Bill Lazor said that there isn’t much that he would change but needs to look at everything week by week and not in each week combined together.
"I think every game is different. I thought yesterday we turned the ball over and didn’t run it well enough. That was the explanation. To me, when I compare it to the Kansas City game, I don’t know that it was exactly the same. When I compare it to other games, I don’t see it as just the same. I don’t know, that might just be too many hours in the staff room together going piece by piece, play by play, over each one, we tend to look at each one because it’s a long season. We probably look at it as a one week at a time, one game season and we put so much into how do you attack this particular opponent and how do we do the things that we do well and do them in a way that we think isn’t easy to defend. So we probably look at it more week to week, that’s not to get around the question, that’s just how we live as coaches I think.”
“We’re going to find out and we’ll start that way this time. I don’t know. I wish I could tell you. I wish there was one thing. I could go down the list of everything that we did. Some of it is Ryan (Tannehill) made a couple of plays out of the pocket. He seemed to get into a different kind of rhythm in the second half. Maybe I called some plays that were better plays. It’s our job to start out and make sure we start that way."