Mike Wallace wants more deep balls, Mike Sherman doesn’t want to force it

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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.

41 responses to “Mike Wallace wants more deep balls, Mike Sherman doesn’t want to force it

  1. Tannehill is on pace for 60-70 sacks this year? Yeah, throw more deep balls, that’ll cut the number down. Good thinking, Mike!

  2. Stop the presses, a wide receiver thinks that the team should run more deep routes to him. And throw him the ball more. This is unprecedented.

  3. “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.”

    Andrew Luck forces the ball to Reggie Wayne, Wayne catches it, Dalton forces it to AJ Green,
    Megatron in Detroit, Manning to Welker, Manning to Thomas, hell Manning to whoever he wants, they all do it, Wallace is a 60 million dollar man, just catch the damn ball Mike!

  4. Wallace dropped a perfect long pass on Monday night. At least half of that sack total came on plays where Tannehill was looking deep for Wallace. He also let’s the ball come to him and rarely fights for it. He also doesn’t run full out most of the time and that gives away his only advantage.

    That said, Sherman needs to call more plays that use him. Bubble screens, max protection for a go route etc. It looks like Wallace’s diva attitude will be there regardless of how the team is doing.

  5. The same Dolphins fans that swore that this was their year come right back to PFT to call for Sherman’s head and gripe about Wallace after the team’s FIRST loss of the year.

    Fins Nation I wish I had clients and co-workers as dependable as you.

  6. On the one long pass thrown his way the other night (which was a complete muff by him) elite receivers in the NFL would have gone up for the ball and made the play, MW did not. He also had several questionable attempts over the middle. Maybe make a few plays before you start gripping but I have to admit, Steeler fans warned us about him. opefully his use and performance will improve. Go Fins.

  7. Thats 60 million well spent, huh?

    Not.

    Reminiscent of the Andre Rison to the Browns deal. It was just a bad contract. He will have a chance to be a free agent again in 2 years, tops.

  8. The Dolphins are now getting what they paid for. I wonder what week he’ll be deactivated (like T.O.) for the rest of the season.

  9. He dropped 2 balls in his hands on Monday night, so how about catching those to start with.
    Tannehill is in his 2nd year, yes, he makes mistakes but he also makes some very nice throws. Not everyone is like Andrew Luck, look how many times he’s been sacked, by the way. Wallace needs to calm down and play for the team, not for his selfish self.

  10. Getting the ball to Wallace deep does require better protection against the better teams. So I guess it’s time for GM Jeff Ireland to admit that he should have paid Jake Long what he needed to play left tackle for the Dolphins. Long can not be happy losing with the Rams.

  11. Wallace is nothing more than a decoy at this point. He’s a very good decoy because he demands a double team, but that double team always shuts him completely down. The problem is that he’s being paid as something more than a very good decoy. The true big money receivers produce regardless of coverage. Mike Wallace isn’t a true big money receiver. He completely vanishes in coverage.

  12. Patskrieg dot com says:
    Oct 2, 2013 10:47 AM
    The same Dolphins fans that swore that this was their year come right back to PFT to call for Sherman’s head and gripe about Wallace after the team’s FIRST loss of the year.

    Fins Nation I wish I had clients and co-workers as dependable as you.
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    You would think that at a minimum there would one comment posted to support your claim at the time. Sherman said himself that the 3rd and 1 play call “would haunt him”. And it is fair to say that a well thrown bomb went through Wallace’s hands on Monday night. Doesn’t mean either one of those guys needs to be replaced, they just need to keep working. I don’t see anybody griping.

    To start the season with 3 out of 4 games on the road against tough competition and to end up 3-1, with the one loss being an out-of-conference road matchup with an elite team? Sign me up for that every year.

    Ignorant morons such as yourself are why I moved out of that armpit known as Boston.

  13. They will get it straight soon. Mike is piss because its taking longer then he wanted, perhaps the should have work more in the off season, or perhaps the OC should show some new calls that the other team don’t expect. Bill

  14. I am REALLY not understanding why no one has submitted “That’s what she said” in reponse to the title of the article…

  15. Mike went out for a deep pass about the same time I went on vacation 3 weeks ago. He still hasn’t figured out how to get open. The one pass on monday nite that hit him in his heart must have been in a bad spot. Mike you have work to do!

  16. Wallace has bad hands. He did with the Steelers still does with the Dolfins. What difference does it matter if he drops a short or a long pass, he’s gonna drop the ball either way.

  17. He just seemed disinterested, doesnt fight for the ball, dropped that perfectly placed ball, then again when you are overpaid, and clearly he was with his $30m in hand he clearly looks disinterested. I dont think he is a WR1 who will fight and snatch balls.

  18. I dont remember where I read it but in the offseason it did not really sound like this guy was working to get in sync with Thill. BGibson and Keller for whatever reason looked more comfortable with Thill. Thill might not even trust him being that he does not fight for the ball and does not seem aggressive at all!!! Times like this I MISS reggie bush, the guy worked his tail off before and after practice. I would only imagine that if Bush was still here he would influence MWall to stay and work hard after practice. So far though MWall does not seem to fit in this offense. In the contrary Pitt looks like they need MWall back baaaddd!!!!

  19. He was asked a loaded question and responded in the most logical way. He isn’t going to say “no, no deep balls thrown my way”.

    That said, the Dolphins need to get him involved more through screens, have him run routes out of the backfield, etc.

  20. That deep ball to Wallace on MNF was underthrown. Would have been intercepted if a pro bowl caliber corner was covering the play…

    I hate the dink and dunk offense. Miami didn’t spend $$$ upgrade to run another dink and dunk this year. This is NOT a playoff caliber offense until the running game and the deep ball are parts of the equation. Tannehill improves a lot, but asking him to win games every week is too much. #17 doesn’t have the experience to handle all things good defenses will throw at him. The Saints proved that last week. There were too many mistakes by the young QB…

    All I know is if Wallace finishes this season with anything less than 1000 yards, 60 catches and 5 tds, it’s Mike Sherman that gotta go…

  21. tgrchukie,
    I don’t think it was underthrown. I didn’t see any change in stride and the ball came down right in his gut. It should have been caught. No question. Wallace never attempted to get the ball at it’s highest point (like the defender tried to do) and he failed to get his hands on a ball that literally hit him in the stomach on a deep route. Tannehill made some mistakes in that game but that throw was not one of them.

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