Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The Miami Dolphins were moving the ball extremely well on the ground against the Kansas City Chiefs. Lamar Miller, who seemed to have everything clicking on Sunday, rushed 15 times for 108 yards and averaged 7.2 yards per carry. Daniel Thomas touched the ball twice for 15 yards and an average of 7.5 yards per carry. For some reason though, Ryan Tannehill was allowed to drop back 43 times and completed 21 of them for an average of 4.8 yards per completion. Obviously, that isn’t something that is going to be breed success. Why did the coaching staff not run the ball more though?
“Well, we looked at that this morning. It was one of the things that we discussed. I want to say, in the first half, before the two-minute drive, I think we had 11 runs and 16 passes at that point in time and two of the passes were off of runs that we had called, called runs,” Joe Philbin said. “That included third downs up to that point in time. I thought we had really good balance in the first half and then I believe 15 of our last 16 calls were passes, so I think the numbers got a little bit distorted when it became a two possession game. Again, I don’t think we’re necessarily going to be 50-50 all of the time. If you’re running the ball consistently well and managing the sticks pretty well, that’s a good place to be. Again, I’m not going to commit to anything about Oakland and how we’re going to play that game. We certainly felt going into the game, we had some advantages in the perimeter against these guys.”
Bill Lazor had said that he was happy with Lamar Miller and his progress and noted that he had improved from the previous two games. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem as the improvement was enough for the coaching staff to keep on feeding him the rock when they should have. Had they done that, it’s possible the Dolphins could have came out on top with a win.