After the Dolphins won 23-10 on Sunday, wide receiver Mike Wallace refused to answer questions about catching one pass for 15 yards in the game by directing interested parties to ask the coach about the game plan for Week One.
Coach Joe Philbin was asked about the plan when he was a guest with Rich Gannon and Bruce Murray on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday. Philbin said “we don’t have plays in the offense to throw the ball to a particular jersey number” and that he predicted that there would be bigger days ahead for Wallace this season.
“It took a little while for us to get going and that’s a work in progress,” Philbin said. “As you know, in football, I think things can have a tendency to change in terms of who’s getting the ball. We want our players to want to make a difference and want to have an impact in the outcome of a ball game; they work hard and make a lot of sacrifices. But we want to do that within the team framework and we’re going to get that chemistry down. It’s week one of a long season.”
The Dolphins threw the ball Wallace’s way five times on Sunday, fourth-most on the team, but the decision-making was good enough to produce 272 yards, a touchdown and a victory. The number of targets will likely fluctuate and it’s in the Dolphins’ best interests to let that happen within the flow of the offense if they keep ending up on the right side of the scoreboard.