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Mike Wallace: Dolphins have to run more

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At the start of this season, Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace was upset that he wasn’t getting more passes thrown his way. Now Wallace is concerned that the Dolphins are passing too much.

Wallace told reporters this week that the Dolphins, who have 301 pass attempts and 95 rush attempts so far this season, need to be more balanced on offense.

We have to be able to run the football to win games,” Wallace said. “We’re not going to win being one-dimensional, throwing the ball all day. You have to be able to run the football. Everybody knows we have to run the ball, so I know from my standpoint I’m going to block me a safety or two, try to block a cornerback or two, maybe even get a [weakside] linebacker every now and then.”

Wallace may be right that the Dolphins need to run more, but the Dolphins also need Wallace to make more plays, as he hasn’t had the kind of impact the Dolphins expected when they signed him to a five-year, $60 million contract in March. Although the Dolphins are paying him to be a No. 1 receiver, Wallace is fourth on the team in catches (22) and yards (281), and is averaging a career-low 12.8 yards a catch. The speedy Wallace is supposed to be a threat to stretch the field and beat opposing secondaries deep, but he has just one touchdown catch and just two catches of more than 20 yards.

If Wallace can make other teams respect the Dolphins’ deep passing game, Miami’s offense will have a lot more room to run.

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25 Responses to “Mike Wallace: Dolphins have to run more”
  1. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 19, 2013 1:15 PM

    It’s a valid point for the Dolphins and a lot of other NFL teams who are pass happy. Without a run game, they will have limited success.

  2. dutchman1350 says: Oct 19, 2013 1:17 PM

    And mike Wallace needs to catch the ball. Stop playing coach and look in the mirror.

  3. stealthhawk says: Oct 19, 2013 1:25 PM

    “I want the ball.” -Mike Wallace

    “We need to run the ball.” -Mike Wallace

    This guy is a diva, without meeting the talent prerequisite of being one.

  4. steelchampions says: Oct 19, 2013 1:29 PM

    Another in a long line of former Steeler players that didn’t find the kind of success elsewhere than what he had with the Steelers. He got his money and that could very well be the end of his story.

  5. ghjjf says: Oct 19, 2013 1:37 PM

    That’s right Wallace, divert attention away from your stone hands.

  6. bigbenownsthenfl says: Oct 19, 2013 2:00 PM

    we told you so dolphin fans. but you said we were just sour grapes about losing Wallace…so chew on that!!!

  7. mrcosio says: Oct 19, 2013 2:03 PM

    Translation: If I’m not getting the ball then no other receiver should!

  8. craniator says: Oct 19, 2013 2:15 PM

    It’s good to see all the Fins haters out in force today.
    Meanwhile , Miami is 10th in the NFL in terms of popularity :-)

  9. spyder9669 says: Oct 19, 2013 2:33 PM

    some teams just can’t win no matter how much money they spend. Dodgers and Dolphins tried this year and will continue to fail.

  10. lbmclean says: Oct 19, 2013 2:37 PM

    Our OL Sucks. It never gets fixed. is it a jinx, bad coaching?
    Perhaps its my imagination but other teams seem to cobble together decent OL performance despite FA and injuries.

  11. lbmclean says: Oct 19, 2013 2:39 PM

    If you draft poorly in the NFL:

    a) you use FA as crutch

    b) you never get anywhere

  12. skleech22 says: Oct 19, 2013 2:47 PM

    Steelers are 1-4 without Wallace and have no offense! Enjoy the cellar Steeler fans!!! Chew on that!

  13. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 19, 2013 3:08 PM

    The only reason mike wallace is saying this is so he can cry AGAIN about not getting the ball enough.

  14. mackie66 says: Oct 19, 2013 3:13 PM

    The Dolphins have allowed 24 sacks and twice as many hurries and 6 QB fumbles. They are averaging 42 yds rushing a game,,,how are the Dolphin supposed to run the ball when they can’t make the simplest of pass plays or vice versa. Dolphins have the NFLs worst OL,,,period. And Wallace other then one TD pass really hasn’t really contributed to any Dolphin wins. I believe luck was a big factor in the 3 Dolphin wins. They could be easily be 0-5.

  15. thelastpieceofcheese says: Oct 19, 2013 3:25 PM

    According to stats teams that score the most points in a game win it, not the ones that run the most.

  16. slick50ks says: Oct 19, 2013 3:37 PM

    With a dogcrap o-line it’s hard to run the rock.

    SOME people saw this coming from miles away.

  17. manzoa says: Oct 19, 2013 4:36 PM

    skleech22 says: Oct 19, 2013 2:47 PM

    Steelers are 1-4 without Wallace and have no offense! Enjoy the cellar Steeler fans!!! Chew on that
    _____________________________________

    And you have 2 rings…not 6, and haven’t been to a Super Bowl (which you lost) since Ronald Reagan was POTUS. Chew on that 1

  18. phinfan527 says: Oct 19, 2013 4:52 PM

    Run the ball with that OL!! Really?!! Never should have let Long go to the Rams.

  19. dolphins512 says: Oct 19, 2013 5:03 PM

    ” I believe luck was a big factor in the 3 Dolphin wins. They could be easily be 0-5″
    __________________________________

    Really? The Phins beat Cleveland and the Colts on the road and the Falcons at home. Came down to the very end in a close game with the Ravens for one loss….and no question, the Saints blew us out. There is no “luck” to our 3 wins. Solid offensive efforts and very solid defensive efforts….and that is with awful O-line play.

    It will be interesting to see how the coaches do during this bye week in trying to fix the line issues……

  20. spfripp says: Oct 19, 2013 6:16 PM

    No matter how much your running game is struggling, you have to keep running the ball to keep defenses honest. Everyone who knows football knows that. Right now defenses are ting off on Tannehill because they know Miami always abandons the run. Throw in the fact that the coaches never roll Tannehill out of the pocket makes it so much easier for pass rushers to just rush the area that he will be. I don’t know why more draws and screen pass are not run. These coaches are making a already challenged offensive lines job much more difficult. This is not rocket science. Changes in the play calling should have already been made.

  21. craniator says: Oct 19, 2013 6:27 PM

    “Never should have let Long go to the Rams.”
    Right , because he’s been such a model of consistency , never misses any games and was available at such a low cost , salary cap wise.
    Yeah , okay.

  22. 1uniquename says: Oct 19, 2013 6:52 PM

    Agreed Long would not have been the answer and even though I haven’t paid attention this year I’ve read that he hasn’t been playing well for the rams. The problem comes back to poor drafting and it’s that simple, WAY too many first rounders spent on the o line to come away starting only one. It’s the GM’s fault and he should be held accountable if this season is not a success and I’m of the thinking that if your not competitive in the playoffs you had a failure of a season. Win a playoff game or two, give Manning a fight in the afc championship game and Ireland should stay, anything else and it’s literally insane if we keep him.

  23. earpaniac says: Oct 19, 2013 8:17 PM

    @lbmclean As a Bear fan, if you think all other teams cobble together decent Ol, I’m taking that to mean you didn’t watch a single Bear game for 5 years. Lol.

  24. winorlose6burgh says: Oct 19, 2013 8:29 PM

    I loved mike in Pittsburgh they should have not messed around with him in 2011 and just paid him his money but now that I look at it he’s just another loud mouth TO and chad Johnson ohcho whatever his name is

  25. 1mommicked1 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:31 PM

    i am a steelers fan. i told you he drops it alot

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