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Mike Wallace tells media to “ask coach” about his game

T.J. Ward AP

Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace had a quiet game in the 23-10 win over the Browns.

Wallace had one catch for 15 yards in the game while Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson combined for 16 catches, 221 yards and a touchdown. Wallace was quiet after the game, too, but that silence wasn’t because he wanted to let others be the center of attention.

Multiple media reports from the Dolphins locker room have Wallace saying “I don’t feel like talking” after the game and directing interested reporters to “ask coach” about the game plan because Wallace wasn’t the one who drew it up.

It’s not a good look to complain about your usage after a win, especially one that saw the passing game click with the other two receivers in part because of the attention that has to be paid to Wallace. It’s not something that has to become a problem for the Dolphins moving forward, but it’s certainly not the start they wanted for Wallace’s time with the Dolphins.

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  1. jakec4 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:08 PM

    I’m still looking for his complaint….still looking….

  2. jetsclaps says: Sep 8, 2013 5:09 PM

    Get ya popcorn ready, this gon’ get good

  3. ghjjf says: Sep 8, 2013 5:11 PM

    One trick pony.

  4. orivar says: Sep 8, 2013 5:11 PM

    He’s not really complaining, he’s deflecting the questions as if he doesn’t a media controversy will be started, kind of like the one Josh Alper is attempting to stir. Granted he could of did a better job at it.

  5. jjpt4540 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:12 PM

    That didn’t take long.How about you look in the mirror.

  6. flash1283 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:13 PM

    Mike Wallace – money will spent.

    And the Fish QB still sucks.
    Enjoy second place, maybe.

  7. pantsfreezone says: Sep 8, 2013 5:14 PM

    Media driven nonsense. Not a big deal.

  8. fishyinalittledishy says: Sep 8, 2013 5:18 PM

    One game into the season a long way to go Mike. Miami had no running game in fact it seemed we were going backwards at times. If that gets going it will be a case of fill your boots Mike.

  9. berniesboys says: Sep 8, 2013 5:19 PM

    Or, you could ask Joe Haden.

  10. FinFan68 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:21 PM

    And, here we go. This is the attitude I feared. He needs to figure out how to be a team player. He didn’t get catches but his presence was felt. The safeties were routinely drawn away from the underneath and outside short to mid-range routes. That was an expected outcome. It seems he is looking only at the stats, which most fans will do as well. The bigger concern is his attitude. The first deep pass his way was severely underthrown. The next one looked to be overthrown but it wasn’t. Wallace slowed down and unnecessarily got into one of those hand-fights with the DB. If he ran all-out on that play he could have been hit in stride. After that his demeanor and posture were noticeably negative. I hope that doesn’t continue. He has said that he doesn’t run full speed at practice. If that is the case, then how can he expect the QB to throw the ball the right distance? It is not yet time to panic but this needs to be addressed by the coaching staff. Don’t be surprised if he sits the first play next week.

  11. fdugrad says: Sep 8, 2013 5:22 PM

    A person can both gripe AND complain without blatantly commenting, simply by INFERRING “The fault, dear Brutus is NOT that I am a pouting prima, but in the COACHES who are underlings,” as in THIS case.

  12. patriots123456 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:23 PM

    Mike is a “REAL” team player…

  13. sgtr0c says: Sep 8, 2013 5:23 PM

    How would his press moment gone if he still played on the steelers? Lol

  14. wearethesteelers says: Sep 8, 2013 5:23 PM

    This is why he isn’t a Steeler.

  15. tfaulk says: Sep 8, 2013 5:25 PM

    Joe Haden definitely won the one-on-one match up. At the same time, Wallace did open up several plays for the Fins, forcing Cleveland to start putting Haden on Gibson or Hartline rather than Wallace (and Tannehill still didn’t go to Wallace and won).

    I have no qualms with Wallace’s performance today.

  16. Gordon says: Sep 8, 2013 5:28 PM

    Way too much money spent on a guy who only knows how to run straight down the field & catch bombs. Can’t really do much else.

  17. bennyb82 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:31 PM

    He could have accepted a little less money and stayed “the man” in Pittsburgh. By deflecting the criticism and insinuating his coach was somewhat at fault for his lack of production is probably going to lead to more of the same. You WON…

  18. thatboi901 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:32 PM

    What you want the guy to say? If he says he is happy his team won, he would be called complacent. Doesn’t even answer the question and gets called a complainer.

  19. tfaulk says: Sep 8, 2013 5:39 PM

    Also, Tannehill and Wallace had two great opportunities to connect. And I have no idea which of the two were more responsible for the misconnect. I’ll give it time if Hartline and Gibson continue to perform as expected, Clay actually stays consistent (who knows), and the running game developers (who knows — the line is not good… but Martin isn’t the problem).

  20. pens5829 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:40 PM

    Mike “Young Money” Wallace has always been a “ME” first player since his first season. His team definitely has an “I” in it, which is why Pittsburgh never really gave much of an effort in bringing him back. Thinking back to all the games against Cleveland, he always was pretty much “owned” by the Browns DBs.

  21. onbucky96 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:40 PM

    D I V A.

  22. jakec4 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:42 PM

    fdugrad says: Sep 8, 2013 5:22 PM

    A person can both gripe AND complain without blatantly commenting, simply by INFERRING “The fault, dear Brutus is NOT that I am a pouting prima, but in the COACHES who are underlings,” as in THIS case.

    —————————————————————-

    Of course. Unless he actually comes right out and complains though how can you crucify him for what he may have been inferring?

    I could interpret it as a disappointed player hoping to make a big debut in his new uniform. Grateful for his contract and wanting to be “the guy” that Miami is paying him to be.

  23. bandzz says: Sep 8, 2013 5:46 PM

    I guess Joe Hayden took Wallace’s advice and had a good nights rest yesterday.

  24. 80sbroncofan says: Sep 8, 2013 5:47 PM

    have fun dealing with that primadonna miami. he is a me first player just ask pittsburgh

  25. bengalsfan20 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:48 PM

    Translation: I’m a me first guy.

  26. rodgers419 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:48 PM

    He didn’t even complain or say anything bad. Just another idiot blogger trying to stir things up.

  27. thetooloftools says: Sep 8, 2013 5:50 PM

    The next Santonio Holms & Plex. The Steelers know who are team guys and who are not.

  28. rodgers419 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:50 PM

    “His team definitely has an “I” in it, which is why Pittsburgh never really gave much of an effort in bringing him back.”

    Yes, offering $10m/yr isn’t really much of an effort.

  29. kayakattack says: Sep 8, 2013 5:54 PM

    Smarter athletic analysts like myself saw a season like this coming.. Bad QB, Wrong style of offense, Headache of a player = 60 mil down a hole, and 1 catch games

  30. babyphife says: Sep 8, 2013 5:55 PM

    he should consult Ray Pinkle about the fucckle nature of DolPhags

  31. bsizemore68 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:55 PM

    Mike will be ok, he was upset because he had no throws his way, all receivers want the ball, big deal, and as for the Steelers on this site perhaps you should be more concern about your team, they one by what? Bill

  32. japmen says: Sep 8, 2013 5:56 PM

    I guess some controversy has to be added instead of real news. Dolphins won ugly like most of the league did today. A win’s a win. At least they didn’t collapse like the Bucs did. Now THAT was embarrassing.

  33. FinFan68 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:57 PM

    wearethesteelers says:
    Sep 8, 2013 5:23 PM
    This is why he isn’t a Steeler.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I don’t think so. If that was the case the Steelers wouldn’t have given him a contract offer. I think he is no longer a Steeler because he wanted warm weather and more money so he refused to accept the $50 million(ish) offer from Pittsburgh

  34. jrcoop says: Sep 8, 2013 5:57 PM

    Talk about taking things out of context… His comment was about his role was what the coaches intended… take the browns best corner and open it up for the other receivers, who had a great game. The reason he even said is because of a clueless media that simply doesn’t get it, or chose not to.

  35. bsizemore68 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:57 PM

    I was wrong, it was the first half that he had none thrown his way. Bill

  36. melikefootball says: Sep 8, 2013 5:58 PM

    Don’t worry Mike Miami paid the money, enjoy life.

  37. FinFan68 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:02 PM

    jakec4 says:
    Sep 8, 2013 5:42 PM

    I could interpret it as a disappointed player hoping to make a big debut in his new uniform. Grateful for his contract and wanting to be “the guy” that Miami is paying him to be.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I hope you are right about that and it is very plausible. I wasn’t impressed with his posture/demeanor on a few plays field late in the game though. That makes it easy to believe what has been implied. I misread the quote above and thought he actually said to ask the coaches AND mentioned the game plan.

  38. mccourty1sland says: Sep 8, 2013 6:04 PM

    Pats need more talent like this guy. We stink!!!!! No talent on our squad.

  39. robonious says: Sep 8, 2013 6:05 PM

    Bottom line….miami 1-0, pittsburgh 0-1.

  40. miamatt says: Sep 8, 2013 6:08 PM

    He wouldn’t be a good receiver if he didn’t want the ball. Wallace did help the offense due to the attention he drew. The Dolphins also looked for him deep a few times in the second half, as long as they keep doing that, you’d think they’ll start to connect.

    Tannehill had a real nice first game of the year. I am not the least bit concerned about Wallace at this point.

  41. thebirdofprey says: Sep 8, 2013 6:13 PM

    There are certain guys the media has it in for and that shape whatever story to look that way and trolls eat it up. Does’t look like he is saying anything negative or pouting from what I read.

  42. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 8, 2013 6:13 PM

    Underdog Dolphins rout browns on the road, despite playing against the 12th man – the refs who allowed among other things number 75 to hold on every play – and the best you can come up is malicious false gossip?

    Dolphins won so suffer baby!

  43. txraiderfan says: Sep 8, 2013 6:18 PM

    Certain “athletes” will never be happy with winning as a team, unless “them gets” the ball

  44. oldcat157 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:24 PM

    “I had a good game. I drew double coverage and it opened up the other receivers and got us the win. I take one catch a game if it meant we won every game. No question” – that’s the response we wish Mike would have had. Unfortunately, that’s not him. He’d be more happy with 150 yards, two TDs and a loss.

  45. sabatimus says: Sep 8, 2013 6:41 PM

    How is saying “I don’t feel like talking” and “ask coach” complaining? You media types are acting like he went all Albert Haynesworth.

  46. denverwally says: Sep 8, 2013 6:44 PM

    they gave this guy 40-50 million bucks to be a decoy?

  47. realphinsfan says: Sep 8, 2013 6:50 PM

    There may be no I in “TEAM”…………..but there is ME!

    He was used brilliantly, regardless of his stat line. Keeping the safeties scared opened up plays for everyone else in that WR corps.

    Him saying, “Ask Coach” might be because the media is assuming since he didn’t catch 10 passes for 200 yards and 3 TD’s, that he’s automatically disgruntled. Wallace might be saying, “Go get educated by coach”, and lots of you folks need to get educated too :D Go Phins!!

  48. jetsareajoke says: Sep 8, 2013 6:58 PM

    thetooloftools says:
    Sep 8, 2013 5:50 PM

    The next Santonio Holms & Plex. The Steelers know who are team guys and who are not.
    ——————
    Yet, they continue to sign the same type of player and keep them until their contracts expire. Wow. Maybe if they had one of those guys, they could have scored more than 9 points against a team like the Titans AT HOME!!!!!!

  49. ballboy48 says: Sep 8, 2013 7:01 PM

    If Weedy doesn’t have three picks going into the endzone, the Browns easily would’ve won that game. Their defense played excellent, and the Dolphins running backs had 21 carries, for 20 yards.

  50. tfaulk says: Sep 8, 2013 7:15 PM

    Weeden played well. It could have been a record sack kind of game without his poise. Props to him.

  51. japmen says: Sep 8, 2013 7:18 PM

    Yeah, if only Miami’s CBs weren’t there right? If only Weedy was a good QB.

  52. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 8, 2013 7:19 PM

    Classless player from a classless organization.

    Miami really screwed the pooch chasing a guy like this.

  53. jetsareajoke says: Sep 8, 2013 7:40 PM

    “If Weedy doesn’t have three picks going into the endzone, the Browns easily would’ve won that game. Their defense played excellent, and the Dolphins running backs had 21 carries, for 20 yards.”
    —————
    And if it wasn’t 88 degrees in Florida, it would easily have snowed here. So, what are you trying to say?

  54. kwjsb says: Sep 8, 2013 7:43 PM

    Another Prima donna silenced courtesy of Joe Haden.

  55. phinfan says: Sep 8, 2013 7:47 PM

    The entire fan base said ‘WHERES WALLACE?” all day.

    There was also “WHERES OUR RUN GAME?”

    And “WHERES OUR TIGHT ENDS?”… this will be a long season.

  56. htotheb says: Sep 8, 2013 7:51 PM

    People are certainly reading too much into this.

    Sure, was Mike’s performance underwhelming? Yes.

    Did I feel awkward practically alone in a bar in Washington D.C. wearing a Mike Wallace Dolphins jersey? Absolutely.

    But just because Mike Wallace was reportedly dismissive during the post-game interviews says very little about how the rest of the season will progress.

    That and I started him in fantasy and only got 1 point. Also started the Dolphins D though- that was nice.

  57. trollaikman8 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:04 PM

    $60M for a non-factor? Money well spent.
    -Baltimore Ravens Management.

  58. pdec1384 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:22 PM

    Team player. Great pick up. Enjoy him guys!

  59. yourteamstinks says: Sep 8, 2013 8:24 PM

    Yes I know the Steelers got spanked today. But they do NOT miss Wallace – he’s a cry baby and your bout (or pout) to find out.

  60. igotgamenj says: Sep 8, 2013 8:46 PM

    THIS JUST IN MIAMI WIN’S AND THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS !

  61. jakescott13 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:06 PM

    Phins get a nice road win to open the season and what is the only article on PFT? A negative one. Big surprise.

    Oh and if Wallace stays a Steeler he’s a LOSER today. Phins arrow pointing up. Steelers arrow pointing down.

  62. green41563 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:25 PM

    Wait. The Dolphins won the game by two touchdowns, and Wallace is already pouting?

    Yeah, this’ll work out.

  63. jrcoop says: Sep 8, 2013 9:38 PM

    yourteamstinks says:

    Yes I know the Steelers got spanked today. But they do NOT miss Wallace – he’s a cry baby and your bout (or pout) to find out.
    —————————————————–
    I bet you’d get a different answer from Big Ben regarding Wallace not being there.

  64. haywoodjablomee says: Sep 9, 2013 8:38 AM

    Dolphins 1-0, Steelers 0-1. Enough said.

  65. artn4gkr says: Sep 9, 2013 9:36 AM

    One of the reasons the Steelers got rid of him. Get ready for the locker room turmoil Miami!

  66. jetsareajoke says: Sep 9, 2013 10:28 AM

    yourteamstinks says:

    Yes I know the Steelers got spanked today. But they do NOT miss Wallace – he’s a cry baby and your bout (or pout) to find out.
    —————————————————–
    Big Ben went 21 for 33 attempts. They lost to the Titans. And you steeler fans think Ben doesn’t miss him? Lots of teams had bad days today (see NE barely beating Buffalo, or Indy barely beating Oakland), but at least Miami won a game they were underdogs in and so what if Hayden kept Wallace out of the game. I’m pretty sure the coaches figured that may happen so they were still happy he drew the coverage off the other receivers for the win.

  67. bdotgdot says: Sep 9, 2013 10:41 AM

    I don’t think his beef is about having one catch as much as it is about only being targeted 5 times.

  68. bighurt228 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:15 PM

    DIVA…………!!

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