Mike Wallace surprised by Mike Sherman’s praise

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After the Dolphins beat the Chargers last Sunday, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman had some praise for wide receiver Mike Wallace.

“I thought Mike had a tremendous ball game,” Sherman said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “He ran hard, and he ran his routes very disciplined. He was open on a number of occasion and sometimes it was protection issues and we didn’t get him the ball, other times we just didn’t get him the ball, but I thought Mike had a tremendous impact in that ball game, because he changed how they played us and allowed us an opportunity to control the game with some runs and what not.”

Sherman’s praise came as a great surprise when it was relayed to Wallace, who said he thought his season could be going “a lot better.”

“He raved about the game I had?” Wallace said. “I had 39 yards.”

Wallace got those yards on four catches, so it was another week without the big plays that Wallace used to make his reputation in Pittsburgh. On the year, Wallace has 44 catches for 534 and one touchdown. Wallace lamented the lack of scoring plays on Tuesday, but explained that he wasn’t frustrated by quarterback Ryan Tannehill by saying he was just concerned with winning football games.

You’d like their chances of continuing to win games more if Wallace were making more frequent trips to the end zone, but the more time that passes makes it harder to believe that’s going to happen this season.

35 responses to “Mike Wallace surprised by Mike Sherman’s praise

  1. Wallace gives up on more routes than any other receiver in the NFL. He’s not a complete #1 receiver. He was the same way in Pittsburgh too, you just never noticed because he’d have one big play each game that would overshadow his effort the rest of the time.

  2. He’s stuck on stats just like half the fans. Sherman is right on this one. “He ran hard, and he ran his routes very disciplined.” I noticed this as well during the game. He ran hard from the line instead of running at 70% for a while and then speeding up. Wallace was seemingly better/faster. Tannehill had a bad underthrow (time to try to overthrow) on that deep ball or Wallace’s stats would look better. If he can play like that and actually catch the balls that hit him in the hands he would be a legitimate threat in real or fantasy football.

  3. As much as I hate to agree with Jon Gruden just because I hate him on MNF, he was right on when he said the Dolphins need their receivers to learn how to block or to block better, all they do is run down the field, block man go knock someone’s block off and block!

  4. All I saw was Wallace giving up on blocking halfway through running plays, and still not coming back to the ball on passing plays. You’d think Hartline could show him how to run a comeback properly. It doesn’t involve waiting with your hands open while the defensive back hops in front of you.

  5. Guys are hating on Mike Wallace because he didn’t speak like a diva receiver? Most of Wallace’s lack of contribution have been because of weak playcalling and Tannehill’s deep ball needs work. Tannehill has no chemistry with Wallace and it’s starting to show because Wallace has started getting open deep and each time the pass was under thrown. The deep ball is the biggest thing Tannehill needs to work on. He gets that down and Mike Wallace instantly contributes to the success of the offense.

  6. It’s Ryan Tannehill’s fault, Mike is very fast and last
    Sunday he had to slow down to wait for the damn ball. How he hasn’t figured Mike out now after all this time, I have no clue. He’d better soon or else it’s going to be a complete waste. He can run past anyone, but when he has to almost stop, that’s useless.

  7. He’s not earning his touches.

    There are a million wide recievers who can run the pattern called in the huddle. It’s recievers that can read the game action, make adjustments, find an opening, come back for the ball, etc., that QBs learn to trust and look for.

    Tannehill looks at Wallace and knows if he’s not immediately open, he’s not going to get open. Why do you think guys like Steve Smith, who is not tall and not particularly fast wind up getting targeted so often? He never stops fighting to get open.

    That’s the difference.

  8. Wallace is, and was, a one trick pony. He’s fast, that just about sums up Wallace’s talent. It worked in Pitt, why? Ben would scramble for his life, and when the play broke down, which it always did, Wallace would use his speed in that extra time to get open. Anyone who thought he would be as good anywhere besides that offense was nuts. He was always a mediocre receiver at best. I said when they signed him it was a horrible signing and i stand by it.

  9. Hear the crickets?

    You know from the hundreds of posts saying what a huge mistake it was for the Steelers to let this immature diva hit the bricks and now sit in silence.

    Need a good laugh?

    Wallace was seeking money to make him one of the highest paid receivers and the same “experts” above said he deserved it…now that’s comedy.

  10. I am starting to agree with Packerbacker up there even though I was praising the Wallace signing a few months ago. Tannehill needs to start scrambling more, it’s football dude! HAVE SOME FUN OUT THERE!!! Tannehill is soooooooooooooooooo boring and straight faced and serious ALL the time, just go out there and enjoy the fact that you’re being paid millions of dollars to play a game for a living, youth is truly wasted on the young. Anyway Wallace needs Tannehill to start moving around or outside the pocket and trying to overthrow him, however if he is already trying to overthrow him and still underthrows him then Tannehill is a bust and needs to GO!

  11. Remember how the Pats used Randy Moss the “RIGHT” way even better than Minnesota did imo? Just wish the fins would learn how to use Mike Wallace the “right” way, bet if Brady had Wallace he would have 800+ yards and 6+ tds by now. He is not a possession receiver AT ALL but we treat him like he is Hartline, what if we had hartline running 9 routes how silly would that look?!?

  12. Look here, I am a Dolfan but watched Wallace a lot during his time in Pittsburgh. Mike Wallace is not the problem in Miami. The problem is Ryan Tannehill. Wallace has been open a lot on deep patterns but the QB cannot throw him the ball deep. When he does complete the ball Wallace has to slow down. The QB is the problem.

  13. usually you have to try to convince these overpaid prima donna receivers that they suck with things like, you know, “stats” and “facts” ..at least Wallace openly admits it

  14. I remember when Ben said, “when Mike learns how to come back to the ball he will be among the elite”

    That was Wallace’s rookie season.

    Still waiting… Lol.

    Maybe he should have paid more attention to Antonio “Magic” Brown.

  15. All I know is that coaches look at things differently than players do. Sometimes they look at things other than stats.

  16. I went to the game with my Son Sunday and we keyed on him the whole game.
    Wallace catches with his body , never extends his arms dropping three passes because of it . His routes are sloppy and his head is not around before his body, head always down.
    He can run the go route like nobody’s business but Ryan can never hit him?
    Do they never sit after practice with one another??? Most QB’s andWR’s on any level do that! They do not I guess
    Gibson was a much better acquisition than Wallace.
    WALLACE IS a waste of and Sherman is just covering ass.
    Trade Wallace to a a west coast NFC team ASAP .

  17. I went to the game with my Son Sunday and we keyed on him the whole game.
    Wallace catches with his body , never extends his arms dropping three passes because of it . His routes are sloppy and his head is not around before his body, head always down.
    He can run the go route like nobody’s business but Ryan can never hit him?
    Do they ever stay after practice with one another??? Most QB’s andWR’s on any level do that! They do not I guess
    Gibson was a much better acquisition than Wallace.
    WALLACE IS a waste of and Sherman is just covering ass.
    Trade Wallace to a a west coast NFC team ASAP .

  18. There’s a lot of hate going his way, but he’s clearly having an impact. I think the passing game has looked a lot better than last year. Tannehill is able to spread the ball around more because of the attention he garners.

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