Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The Miami Dolphins rushing attack was ranked fifth in the entire NFL coming into Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. However, they did just about nothing in the first half but then exploded in the second half as the offensive line opened up monster holes in the defense.
“I thought it was below what we expect it to be in the first half,” Lazor said. I thought it gained momentum in the second half. We spent a lot of time looking at that and talking about it. We’ll make sure we do everything we can. We have to start off the game running better than we did yesterday, for sure.”
“I thought the running game was inconsistent,” Philbin said. Let’s face it, until Ryan (Tannehill) really pulled the ball and got that 40-yard run, we really hadn’t run the ball very well. What did we have, our running backs at halftime had one yard or something? I think they had one and our quarterback had eight or nine. (I) can’t say we really did much running the football. I thought that one play probably opened up the run game a little bit and I thought the second half we had some consistency running the ball. Obviously, the first half, it was almost semi-nonexistent.”
However, some thought the team could’ve used Knowshon Moreno a bit more in his first game back since injuring his elbow. Lazor explained why Moreno didn’t see more touches throughout the game, especially in the second half.
“I think it was probably more situational. Sometimes the drive that the guy is in, the ball is getting handed off to the (running) back more. Sometimes when Ryan pulls it, it could have been a handoff to the running back, but he pulled the ball. Some are called and some are his reads. When you only play 60 plays in the game like we had, then there are a lot of people I wish the ball got to more. If the press conference lasted long enough, we could talk about some of the others too, I’m sure.”
The reports coming into Sunday’s game didn’t call for Moreno to receive a lot of touches as they were trying to slowly ease him in so it’s no surprise that he wasn’t a major part of the game plan.