Written by Luis Sung | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
When he was signed to his 5-year, 60-million dollar contract, Mike Wallace was expected to become the team's number one wide receiver, and one year later, under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, Wallace is finally producing like a number one wide receiver. But Wallace isn't satisfied yet, and he refuses to allow a new offensive scheme be an excuse for his lack of production.
“It could be. To me, that’s an excuse. That’s an excuse that we would be making. We’re not the only team in the league with a new offensive coordinator. That’s football, that’s business. It’s going to happen like that." Wallace said, "You definitely can’t use that as an excuse. We should be better at this point. He (Bill Lazor) was new when he first got here in April, but he’s not new anymore. We know his system, we know what he wants to do, that’s not really an excuse. We just have to get it going.”
Although Wallace may not feel like he's doing enough, his teammates are actually pretty impressed with what he's been able to accomplish under Lazor's new system.
"Mike’s a special talent. The one thing that he can do that not a lot of people can do in this league is run by people. So he uses that to (the best of) his ability and Coach (Bill) Lazor does that as well." said wide receiver Brandon Gibson, "Whether you’re going to play off of him, you can play off of him and he can beat you at short routes, intermediate routes. He’s always been gotten the ball deep and he’s doing a good job of just making plays and attacking the ball."
Eventually the offense should start to click after a little more time, despite Wallace's refusal to use the excuse. Another factor is the absence of offensive playmakers like running back Knowshon Moreno and center Mike Pouncey. When those two return, the offense should go back to resembling the offense we all saw in week one.
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