Dolphins feel they have more versatility in backfield now

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The Dolphins used running back Jay Ajayi a lot through their first seven games of the season as he ranks seventh in the league in rushing attempts with nearly 20 carries a game, but that didn’t stop them from trading Ajayi to the Eagles this week in a move that will change the look of their backfield.

While Miami has happy to use Ajayi that way, offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said on Thursday that the team won’t be using Kenyan Drake, Damien Williams or anyone else as a workhorse back. Christensen noted that running back is “a violent position” while outlining what he calls a “committee” approach to the work.

Christensen thinks the team will have “maybe slightly” more versatility that they enjoyed with Ajayi on the team because Drake and Williams are “a little more natural” as receivers.

“There is a versatility with those guys and screens and some of those things,” Christensen said, via the Miami Herald.

Given how poor the Dolphins offense has been this season and the fact that both Drake and Williams were on the team all year, one wonders why the Dolphins didn’t integrate them into the offense more if versatility is something they think will lead to better results. The reports of locker room issues helping to push Ajayi out the door might explain that, especially if the offense doesn’t take any strides against the Raiders on Sunday night.

16 responses to “Dolphins feel they have more versatility in backfield now

  1. These Fins of mine can’t go a full month w/o some kind of drama taking the lead over performance.

  2. Given how poor the Dolphins offense has been this season and the fact that both Drake and Williams were on the team all year, one wonders why the Dolphins didn’t integrate them into the offense more if versatility is something they think will lead to better results.
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    Sometimes a team/coach has to fail in one direction to realize that versatility and not being one dimensional is what works. Take what the defense and the Defensive Coordinators give. I posted about versatility being the reasoning for going away from Ajayi before. Teams knew the Dolphins wanted to run the ball and clearly stopped it leaving Adam Gase looking foolish. I would expect the Dolphins to pass more on first down to their versatile backs!

  3. “More versatility in the backfield” Yep, I remember Chip Kelly saying the same thing after he traded away Lesean McCoy…lol! And here the Eagles are 3 years later making a trade to fix past mistakes from an ego-driven coach. Addition-by-subtraction works much better when you’re not subtracting your best players!

  4. The bottom line is that if you don’t have a QB, everything you do stinks. You can analyze this and that. You can make other changes. You can blame this and that. But then you get a good QB and everything magically works great. That’s why the good ones make tons of money. I’m not talking about bad QBs who are paid tons of money. I’m talking about good QBs. The Dolphins don’t have one.

  5. Dumb. Trading your best producer does not give you MORE versatility it only forces you to look elsewhere for that productivity.
    Looks like there IS a team in the AFC East that is tanking the rest of the season but it ain’t the Jets.

  6. What’s he gonna say? “Ajayi was better than those two and that’s why he was the starter and now we are gonna be playing with two rbs that aren’t as good as him and it sucks that we traded him for a 4th round pick?”

  7. I’m ok with the trade, I wish they had gotten more but Ajayi has basically turned into Trent Richardson 2.0 except with a bad knee and a bad attitude.

    Not sure Gase is sending the right message to his team though. I don’t think “Shape up or I will trade you to one of the best teams in the league with a chance at a championship” is a real motivator.

  8. I love the rhetoric. Ajayi had 138 carries while the next guy in line had 12. If they wanted “versality” they’d have spread some carries around just a bit better than that. And if Ajayi was such a problem child why didn’t some of those carries go to somebody else? A bit strange…

  9. Dolphins so far have sucked in so many ways I can’t count… and yet as I write this they are 7th over all in their conference. They win Sunday and they are one game behind the Pats and still get to play them two times.

  10. jquaste says:
    November 3, 2017 at 8:57 am

    “More versatility in the backfield” Yep, I remember Chip Kelly saying the same thing after he traded away Lesean McCoy…lol! And here the Eagles are 3 years later making a trade to fix past mistakes from an ego-driven coach. Addition-by-subtraction works much better when you’re not subtracting your best players!
    ———————————————————————————–Nonsense! How can you call Ajayi or Landry the best players on an offense that is last in the NFL. They are leaders in statistics because they get the most targets and opportunities but their skills are not moving the ball, getting first downs consistently and scoring. Yeah the team has to score to win and consider certain players elite. Otherwise those players are just statistical opportunist for a losing team!

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