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Dolphins no-name offense will have to spread it around

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When it comes to offensive weapons, the Dolphins lack name recognition.

But Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel thinks that doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t be able to move the ball.

Kelly makes a salient point, that Joe Philbin’s offenses in Green Bay were willing and able to spread the ball around to multiple targets, with more than a third of their receptions (130 of 376) coming from backs and tight ends.

The first problem, however, is that the Packers skill-position players are just a lot better than their Dolphins counterparts.

In fact, the law firm of Davone Bess, Brian Hartline and Chad Ochocinco might have a hard time getting on the field if they were Packers.

But the Dolphins biggest problem isn’t the names we don’t know. It’s the names we do.

David Garrard. Matt Moore. Ryan Tannehill.

Those three quarterbacks, one of whom will have to start the opener, could prove to be the biggest drag on the system.

Garrard has had mixed results in his career when well. Moore has looked good in spurts, but a lot of personnel men around the league think he might be nothing more than a relief pitcher based on his ability to salvage decency when not much is expected of him in August. And Tannehill’s a rookie, a problem that won’t go away soon.

Joe Philbin’s proven he can draw Xs and Os with the best of them, but the lack of  Jimmies and Joes remains the biggest problem in Miami.

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18 Responses to “Dolphins no-name offense will have to spread it around”
  1. saintkobal says: Jul 7, 2012 7:15 PM

    As a packer fan I like whats happening in Miami. Philbin won’t continue the QB carousel that’s been taking place. Offenses need stability and yanking the most important part of the offense after a few bad games is a bad move. Who has it worked for?

    People seem to forget that GB’s receiving corp is made up of guys who don’t have great hands, aren’t particularly fast or big. It’s the offensive scheme(and QB) that makes them what they are. Excluding Greg Jennings, of course. Play to your guys strengths and figure out who is better than the guy that’s going to be covering them and get them the ball.

    Going into a game thinking” OK, this guys our number 1 so we need to figure out how to get him the ball” doesn’t work unless you have a Megatron, Andre Johnson, or Fitz.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 7, 2012 7:17 PM

    Dolphins no-game offense.

  3. chazzmon says: Jul 7, 2012 7:32 PM

    If Ocho is really done like he looked last year the Phish will have trouble airing it out.

  4. mrreality1 says: Jul 7, 2012 7:44 PM

    The Dolphins win the AFC East with Ted Ginn, Greg Camarillo and Devon Bess as a rookie. I guess what I’m saying is they’ve been successful with less at WR.

  5. wannstache says: Jul 7, 2012 8:21 PM

    Omar Kelly is a team homer. You are not going to get an unbiased story when referencing his work. Nothing reliable to see here, folks.

  6. citizenstrange says: Jul 7, 2012 8:40 PM

    Offenses will spread the ball around and defenses will be aggressive and get after the quarterback.

    If I’m not mistaken that’s from Genesis in the Bible.

  7. handsatlanta says: Jul 7, 2012 8:55 PM

    You heard it here first {from a Dolphins season ticket holder}: the receiving corps will surprise. Bess is a couple of notches lower than Welker but only a couple. And Hartline is clutch. You may not believe me now but let’s talk again after the season.

  8. bosshoghussla says: Jul 7, 2012 8:58 PM

    Joe Philbin,

    I am really excited about the moves you have made in Miami, and I think it would be in your best interest to select as your Starting QB the man who was cut last year when I was installed as the starter.

    -Luke McCown
    Quarterback, New Orleans Saints, currently competing for #1 on depth chart with Chase Daniel

  9. rajbais says: Jul 7, 2012 9:31 PM

    They have to possibly “spread” it without Fasano … oh … and Clyde Gates.

  10. vincentbojackson says: Jul 7, 2012 9:36 PM

    Maybe Ocho will actually crack open the play book this year and learn a couple plays.

  11. randyinman says: Jul 7, 2012 10:29 PM

    I like Moore but they need somebody to step up and catch the ball.

  12. randallflagg52 says: Jul 7, 2012 10:52 PM

    saintkobal says:Jul 7, 2012 7:15 PM

    As a packer fan I like whats happening in Miami. Philbin won’t continue the QB carousel that’s been taking place. Offenses need stability and yanking the most important part of the offense after a few bad games is a bad move. Who has it worked for?

    ==================================

    As a raven fan I have to wonder why Packer fans always have to open a comment with “As a packer fan I…”

  13. stairwayto7 says: Jul 7, 2012 10:59 PM

    I only want to see Mrs. Tanneyhill!

  14. gator2006 says: Jul 7, 2012 11:00 PM

    They have Reggie Bush and Ochocinco. I think its more of the bigger name than production variety. I do hope those guys do well.

    Isn’t it confusing when people make 2 statements, how do you know whether to thumbs up or down?

  15. furiouslytim says: Jul 7, 2012 11:03 PM

    Does that mean Jimmy Smith and Joe Horn are dusting off the cleats???? Yeah!

  16. zbigern says: Jul 7, 2012 11:06 PM

    This was a really well written post by the new dude. The content is what it is, but the journalism is outstanding…he seems less like Florios bun buddy and Im looking forward to countless hours of wasting my bosses money with this guy.

  17. 69finfan says: Jul 7, 2012 11:19 PM

    Super Bowl bound!

  18. 49erstim says: Jul 8, 2012 12:45 PM

    People seem to forget that those high profile GB receivers used to be anonymous no-names. Now they’re higher profile due to production. They have a #1 in Jennings and a bunch of possession guys that run good routes and a good pass catching TE. You’re never quite sure where Rodgers is going with the football. That’s dangerous.

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