Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace caused a minor conflagration after Week One when he expressed some dissatisfaction with the amount of passes thrown in his direction during a victory over the Browns, but things quieted down when he posted a big game to help beat the Colts.
Wallace has caught five passes over the last two weeks, though, and the biggest gain on those passes has been a 12-yarder against the Falcons. His longest gain of the season is 34 yards and his average of 11.7 yards per catch would be the lowest of his career. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Wallace was asked Tuesday if he wanted to have more deep balls thrown in his direction and answered “yeah” before Dolphins staffers intervened and said Wallace had talked enough for the day.
That leaves us with no idea of where Wallace might have gone next. He may have complained, he may have said wanting more deep balls doesn’t mean he’s unhappy with his role or he may have shrugged his shoulders and channelled offensive coordinator Mike Sherman’s feeling that you don’t just throw the ball deep for the sake of it. Sherman said coverages dictate a lot of where Ryan Tannehill goes with the ball and that those coverages are the reason the team’s not flinging the ball the distance.
“We’re getting more two safety-looks to take away deeper looks. We called 12 deep balls [Monday],” Sherman said. “They didn’t go there because coverage didn’t allow it to go there. You can’t force things when they’re not there.”
Sherman pointed out that looks designed to stop Wallace down the field create other opportunities. Should those opportunities create points for Miami, defenses will have to adjust and that could open things up over the top. If that doesn’t happen, though, the Dolphins have made it pretty clear that they aren’t going to veer too far off their plan just to get the ball to Wallace.