Aug 4, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Mike Gillislee (35) runs the ball in the second quarter of the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Gillislee May Answer Miami Dolphins Lackluster Running Game, Save Ryan Tannehill

With Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas scrapping for every single yard five games into the season, first-year running back Mike Gillette should at least get a consideration for repetitions.

Gillislee, a former Florida Gator, showed some promise as well as versatility all throughout the preseason, and subsequently, Miami’s running game has played a minor role in the offense thus far in the 2013 season.

The 2013 fifth-round pick should get an opportunity. Miller and Thomas as a whole have recorded a total of 282 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the season and averaging 69.6 yards per game which is 28th in the league.

That being said, the running game really has low expectations and applies way too much pressure on second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill to complete passes. The reasoning for the offensive struggles weighs on the shoulders of the running game. When the running game progresses, more opportunities to throw the ball will appear.

A little bit of Gillislee is what the Dolphins need. He is an explosive back out of the backfield — receiving and running the ball — and can run through the tackles with a decent amount of force.

If the Dolphins want to save their 3-2 stance from having a major decline, Gillislee will have to be placed in the backfield alongside Miller rather than Thomas. The third-year back doesn’t present a ton of upside for Joe Philbin and company — he’s been irrelevant so far in this campaign.

Gillislee not only presents a new style, but a change of scenery in the running game. Miami should focus on improving that part of the game rather than settling for average, and Gillislee could be the resolution.

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  • danboyd3

    It sure can’t Hurt!!! dump Thomas…

  • gofins60

    I don’t see it happening; this coaching staff is too stubborn. Tannehill has been sacked 24 times and the running game is going nowhere, yet they still won’t give any of the other o-linemen a try.

    • Mark Loiselle

      I was thought drafting Jordan was a questionable, and the absence of Jake Long is evident, despite his injuries.

  • fintastic

    Your out your mind, they barely give miller the ball ad it is, you cant take away snaps from miller because he is twice as good as gillislee

    • Mark Loiselle

      I respect your opinion, but currently, Miller has not done much — these stats prove it. 202 rushing yards is good? I would think twice about that. That’s why, since this running game is irrelevant, the Dolphins have nothing to lose giving Gillislee some touches.

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  • tpl

    Miami should certainly try Gillislee instead of Thomas. I do not understand how Thomas gets any carries. He’s simply not a good running back.