Dolphins sticking with Kalen Ballage as starting running back

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The Dolphins rushing offense has not been good this season, but the team isn’t ready to change their starting running back.

Head coach Brian Flores said at a Monday press conference that Kalen Ballage will remain the team’s starter. Ballage has run for 65 yards on 36 carries since moving into the starting lineup in Week 10 and had seven carries for 13 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Browns.

Patrick Laird played 23 snaps to Ballage’s 24 on Sunday and had three carries for 20 yards. The Dolphins’ leading rusher was quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had 45 yards on five rushes.

The Dolphins posted 92 total rushing yards on the day, which was actually their second best total of the season. The Dolphins are only averaging 63.2 rushing yards per game and ESPN notes that would be the lowest total for a team since the 1946 Detroit Lions averaged 42.5 yards per game.

8 responses to “Dolphins sticking with Kalen Ballage as starting running back

  1. I’m unclear on the situation. So is Flores trying to win now or did he go back to tanking? Or is it because they won 2 games he then blamed the previous games on “tanking” to cover up his terrible coaching abilities.

  2. I don’t get continuing to start Ballage. He’s been awful. I wld rather that they evaluate Laird and Gaskins. Ballage has just been a huge disappointment. I do get trading Drake though. They weren’t going to re-sign him, so they got as much as they cld for him. I honestly don’t know if Drake can hold up as main guy for the whole season. He was terrific down the stretch in 2017. I am not sure what happened to him in 2018. He didn’t take the next step. Maybe he will in Arizona. I feel the Phins will draft someone in 2020 and I am fine with that.

  3. speedy1239 says:
    November 26, 2019 at 3:15 am
    I don’t get continuing to start Ballage. He’s been awful. I wld rather that they evaluate Laird and Gaskins. Ballage has just been a huge disappointment. I do get trading Drake though. They weren’t going to re-sign him, so they got as much as they cld for him. I honestly don’t know if Drake can hold up as main guy for the whole season. He was terrific down the stretch in 2017. I am not sure what happened to him in 2018. He didn’t take the next step. Maybe he will in Arizona. I feel the Phins will draft someone in 2020 and I am fine with that.
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    Miami’s running game has been garbage for years. Several different staffs have struggled with every conceivable combination of players. Most have bailed to the point that no RB can gain any game rhythm with the sparse carries. They get the occasional big play that skews the numbers but the running attack is usually shut down. Which RB in the game has not mattered much. The reason seems to be the line personnel and the blocking scheme are not compatible. There is no push off the ball. Every snap it seems every lineman gives ground or takes a step back. There are no maulers. They are using a finesse scheme with guys that are not very good at it. I don’t mean to bash the individual players. They are better now than they were week one but that was not a high bar to clear. IMHO this team will not become a contender without first addressing the offensive line. Get some young guys that can learn together. Make sure the middle 3 can overpower the typical DL and the tackles are athletic and strong enough to slow down the elite rushers. Fix that first because it doesn’t matter which shiny new QB, RB or WR they get if the line cannot get the job done.

  4. This team needs help everywhere. It’s safe to say that GM Chris Grier will have the hottest seat than anyone in the NFL during the offseason. All eyes will be on him during next year’s draft.

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