Written by Matthew Cannata
If you need to read that headline again, do so now because it might just happen in 2014. With Bill Lazor coming to town from the Philadelphia Eagles, there is much optimism and hope that the Dolphins offense will explode like the Eagles in 2013. Lamar Miller understands the potential is there and he's doing everything he can to make sure he has a breakout season.
In the offseason, Miller met with LeSean McCoy, the best running back in the NFL last season. Among the things they talked about was how to thrive in Lazor's system and how to keep the defenses guessing every player. He also watched film on McCoy and picked his brain about different things and how to be successful not only on the field, but off it as well.
“He told me that the opportunity is great,” Miller said Sunday. “They always keep the defense on their toes. Once you get the ball, you’ve got to take advantage of the opportunity.”
Miller has put on between six and eight pounds of muslce this offseason with the hopes of breaking more tackles and improving on his rushing total of 709 yards last season. Joe Philbin has noticed the change.
“He looks good, he looks stronger than he’s ever been,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. “I don’t think he’s sacrificed any speed whatsoever.”
During the first few days of camp, Miller has shown flashes of being a great player this season, breaking loose on several carries for what may be touchdowns during an actual game. The coaching staff is hopeful that Miller continues to get better as camp goes on and starts to find his niche in the system.
“I think Coach Lazor’s doing a great job at just getting the playmakers the ball, keeping the chains moving and helping this team win games,” he said.
If Miller can be anywhere close to what McCoy was in 2013, the Dolphins should have no problem making the playoffs - and possibly more.