Sep 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace (11) prior to the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Wallace Has a Huge Impact



Through the first three weeks of the season, Mike Wallace has put up some modest statistics.  Looking at the stat sheets for each game would lead one to believe that the only impact he had on this team was in week two against the Colts, and that he’s not justifying the massive contract that he landed in the offseason.  All the nay-sayers are definitely entitled to their opinions, but they need to realize one thing – they’re wrong.

Does Wallace want the ball?  Of course he does.  I have no problem with this.  However, the impact of Wallace, even if he doesn’t finish the season with 1000+ yards, justifies the expense of bringing him in.  Wallace’s presence on the field improves every player on this offense.  Wallace not only commands the coverage of the best corner for opponents, but also forces double coverage in many situations.  He removes the ability to put extra men up in the box, and opens the underneath routes for other receivers.  Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson have the opportunity to get open against the number two and three corners, situations that they will win on most occasions.  Wallace’s presence means that SOMEONE is open, and Tannehill has done a good job following through on finding the open man thus far.   As a team, consider this, Miami is number two in the NFL in 3rd down conversion percentage, and while Wallace may not be directly responsible, allowing other players to run free or in single coverage while spreading the defense has a major impact.

Consider that Tannehill has been able to spread the ball around to NINE different players through three games, four of whom (including Wallace) have double-digit reception totals.  Tannehill has a 94.3 quarterback rating, and is connecting on over 66% of his pass attempts, and looking to have tremendous upside that is compounded by the fact that teams are forced to try so hard to take away Mike Wallace, and this writer is grateful for the impact that he has on this team.

Fins up!


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  • henry

    I couldn’t agree more Paul, it reminds me of the Irvin Fryer days when they would take him.away and.Marino would kill them with McDuffie and Ingram… Wallace got angry that st week but after Philbins chat I think he realized he’d be getting his opportunities throughout the season just as Hartline and Gibson did that 1st week. He’s been a much more active WR since and gotten his fair share with the understanding that WE’RE KILLIN TEAMS WHEN WE PLAY TOGETHER…. The season is a long one and his presence is only going to keep opening up Clay down the seam and make Gibson’s job easier. I just can’t wait till the Oline figures this out so they start to believe in themselves and open bigger holes for Miller and Thomas… In all reality Wallace is even making our Defenses job a lot easier since the offense can move the ball and keep them on the sideline Resting… He’s a MUCH BIGGER PRRSENCE THAN WHAT HIS STAT SHEET SHOWS US IN RECEPTIONS. His presence is shkwing up IN THE WIN COLUMN….

    • Paul L. Picken, Jr

      I agree with you, Henry. Though after running into a brick wall in week 1, if you look at the stat sheet while Miami may not have had a huge number of attempts in the running game, the rb’s avg in week 2 was 4.3 ypc & in week 3 it was 6.3 ypc… I think they have realized it, but the week 1 performance is masking this fact.

  • Johnny

    I’ll take 1 of 2 next games, going into the bye week at 4-1.. The schedule gets alittle easier after the bye.. If we win tonight??? I’ll do back-flips!!! Phins up!!!

    • Paul L. Picken, Jr

      Baltimore definitely doesn’t scare me at this point. I said before the season, I thought Miami would be well positioned at 3-2 going into the bye week, so a win tonight – the toughest looking game on the fins schedule – would have me going nuts. I haven’t been this amped for a game in a LONG time. I did a bit of a breakdown on the schedule before the Atlanta game (see “For Dolphins, Playoffs Appear Inevitable”) and I was pretty shocked at how the remainder of the season looked after this week.
      Thanks for the response!

  • Fraziel

    Totally agree but still want him to roast someones defence sometime soon. All i have been hearing all week is how many weapons the Saints have, well we have a few ourselves and hopefully wallace will show them that tonight. I have a bottle of wine open and got a good quality live stream from eurosport so bring it on. I am In scotland and kick off is 1.30am so going to be a long night. Cant wait. Just hope Wake and Misi are playing as could make all the difference especially with Misi in coverage against those nasty saints TE’s. Will be good to see us get the running game going tonight too.