Written by Steven Wilson at 9:20 AM EST | Twitter: @stevenjwilson11
When he originally joined the team in the summer before the 2013 season, wide receiver Mike Wallace was supposed to take the top of opposing defenses with his speed and long-play ability. But through the first two seasons in South Beach, the sixth-year pro has a long of 57. Last week against Jacksonville, Wallace and his quarterback Ryan Tannehill connected on a 50-yard bomb – something that gave both of them confidence.
“Yeah, it was great,” Tannehill said when asked about that play. “It was a big play for us in the game. You look back at it – we hadn’t done really anything up to that point offensively. I think we had scored three points maybe at the end of the first half and we were backed up in our own end zone or close to it and we were able to hit a big one. That kind of started the drive off and then we finished off with a touchdown. So it was a big play for us.”
With that play being the longest of the season for both Tannehill and Wallace, the Dolphins offense is hoping for more plays like that in the future.
“I think we’ve called some shots, it’s just a matter of whether we get the look or not,” continued Tannehill. “You can’t be overly aggressive in forcing it downfield. [Offensive Coordinator Bill] Lazor has a game plan every week of how he wants to attack that.”
This week Wallace made headlines with his statements about the offense, but it wasn’t just No. 17 would has been fed up with a lack of overall production.
“We’re frustrated at this point,” Tannehill admitted. “I think, not just Mike, not just me, not just the offense line, the whole offense is frustrated with the way that we played. We didn’t go out and play well at all, especially the first half. We didn’t do anything well and you can’t expect to play like that every week. So it’s got to be better. That’s what we come out here and work every day for. We set our expectations high and we’re not lowering them for anything. So we just have to keep working and get to where we want to be.”
The comments which Wallace stated, “We didn't do nothing. Our offense was (expletive). We've got to do better.” That led Coach Joe Philbin to address the media on his wideout’s comments.
“Any conversation I would have would be private, but I think he echoed a lot of things we said,” Philbin stated. “We want to be better. We want to be more explosive. We want to score more points. We’re here to build something special offensively. We are not there yet. We have a lot of work to do.”
The offense will look to turn it around this week against a tough San Diego defense as Wallace and Tannehill try to convert at least one more big play.