The Dolphins ran the ball 12 times during Sunday afternoon’s 19-0 loss to the Bills, which was just five more times than Ryan Tannehill was sacked by a Bills defense that feasted on an overmatched offensive line.
On Monday, Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman explained why things got so pass-happy in the second half of the game. Sherman explained that running the ball nine time for nine yards in the first half led him to move away from running in the second half, even though he says he believes balance is essential for an offense to operate at its best.
“We really haven’t had many explosive runs this year which is not good, we need to continue to build towards that,” Sherman said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “A lack of productivity in the run game caused me to veer off into another direction.”
There’s no way to argue that the Dolphins were productive on the ground on Sunday, but they weren’t productive through the air either and their quarterback was taking a pounding. Things may not have played out any differently if the Dolphins called more runs against Buffalo, but Buffalo’s defense is built to stop the pass so it may have been a missed opportunity for Sherman and the Dolphins to make some inroads offensively.