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

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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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).

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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    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.

  10. “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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. wearethesteelers says:
    Sep 8, 2013 5:23 PM
    This is why he isn’t a Steeler.
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    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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.
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    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. “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.

  21. 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 😀 Go Phins!!

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

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

  23. 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.

  24. “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.”
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    And if it wasn’t 88 degrees in Florida, it would easily have snowed here. So, what are you trying to say?

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.
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    I bet you’d get a different answer from Big Ben regarding Wallace not being there.

  29. 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.
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    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.

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