Dec 15, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, Miami Dolphins running back Marcus Thigpen (center) is greeted by wide receiver Mike Wallace (left) and tight end Charles Clay (right) after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins’ Mike Wallace Moving


 

The Miami Dolphins had a problem last season.  They spent a ton of money on a wide-reciever who looked lost, inattentive, and bored.  They spent 60 million dollars on a guy who didn’t go over the middle, didn’t leap for passes, and rarely ever caught the ball away from his body with his hands.  In fact, Mike Wallace never muscled his way into a reception the entire year.  Blame it on lack of effort or piss poor offensive play calling.

The reality is you can call it what ever you want.  Mike Wallace was a one trick pony.  Line up outside of Ryan Tannehill’s right side and run down the field in a straight line.  Stop from time to time twenty yards down field, stop from time to tim 10 yards down field.  Every now and then, run a post pattern and when your not run an out pattern.  It was the kind of play calling you would expect with a rookie 7th round pick.  Wallace was frustrated and the fact that he and Ryan Tannehill couldn’t hit the deep ball only made fans more irate.

In the end?  The Mike Wallace of last season contributed to the firing of Mike Sherman and GM Jeff Ireland.  Things were so bad that speculation ran rampant that new GM Dennis Hickey was ready to trade him and eat the salary hit.  It was reported that Joe Philbin was also ready to move on.  Enter Bill Lazor.

We have talked about Lazor before.  He wants to bring a West Coast spread offense style to Miami.  One similar to the Chip Kelly spread formation being used in Philadelphia.  Lazor worked wonders with QB Nick Foles last season and Miami fans are hoping he will work the same magic with Tannehill.  Yet it’s Mike Wallace who will have a huge target on his back as well.

According to reports, Wallace is ready to move on.  Not from 2013 and not from the Dolphins.  But move on from his one line up spot on the field.  Wallace is ready to be moved around and it appears that the Dolphins and Bill Lazor are ready to do it.  Wallace can find so much more success in the team offensive system by not having to line up strictly outside right.  The Dolphins need to get him in motion.  Line him up in the slot or doubled up with Brian Hartline on the left.

The Dolphins need to utilize their most potent offensive weapon.  Today Mike Wallace torched the Dolphins defense for three deep TD passes.  That’s great but it’s OTA’s.  He is lining up in more than one position, getting better match-ups on the field and working hard to shed the image that was portrayed on the field last season.  He needs to as fans expected and are expecting far more.

Wallace is also having fun.  For the first time since his arrival in Miami.  He and Tannehill are getting better together and the fact that he isn’t simply lining up and running deep, short, or wide is making it hard for the defense to defend him.  It’s something that the fans were screaming for last year and something that Mike Sherman simply couldn’t or wouldn’t give them.  This is simply OTA’s and there is no contact allowed.  No bump and run, no jams at the line, but there is coverage.  So far, the coverage is having some trouble with Mike Wallace.

Hopefully that continues come September.

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  • http://www.premiermcs.com Jcartwright67

    I really didn’t like Sherman’s offense. He was obviously a talented and dedicated man. I’m looking forward to the offense this year. Wallace wasn’t Sherman’s idea of a good fit in his offense….stats don’t lie! I’m hoping Wallace fulfills his potential in Lazor’s.

    • Paulmatthew22

      Sherman was a flat out MORON,.Guy was the worst play-caller in footbalL BARNONE,.We cant do worse than him,.Impossible

  • Johnny

    You should get your facts straight.. Wallace didn’t catch ” 3 DEEP TD Passes”..
    THEY WERE WORKING IN THE
    REDZONE!!!
    Meaning the 20yd line in.. Meaning it could be a 20yd catch or a 5yd catch..
    During that OTA your referring to.. They worked mostly in the Red Zone the whole practice..

    • txmedic5

      One article said they were three deep. Maybe the guy made reference to deep in the end zone and left out where they were running. Another media source simply said three TD’s and another said one down the side. I wasn’t there, I didn’t see it. Sue me.

      • Johnny

        Keep up keeping up bro.. Read my other response.. Up there..

  • James

    Lol hey Johnny I bet Brian Miller wasn’t there? Don’t even think it was a media day. He prob just read an article by someone else and then wrote his crap of what happen and again how bad last year was. Oh and the usual fans hope this year is better! Mike Wallace ready to move on! Not from Miami but from last year!

    • Johnny

      That’s what they do bro.. They basically copy other writers and add a few of their own words like “3 DEEP TD PASSES”… lol
      Anyway… I’m excited to see this offense.. Worried about basically a brand new OLine coming in and expected to be ready to go… But it seems it’s tempo and quick releases to avoid sacks… Like moving around Wallace also…
      But.. Yeh .. It was all red zone work yesterday.. I think these are college kids writing this…Definitely not getting paid to do this.. And if they are?? Wow!! And yeh, they just copy other people… Actually a few times they even copied one of my statement adding their own flare.. Too funny..

      • James

        Well said! I’m excited to! OLine very worried. Just having D games withdraw bad now!

        • txmedic5

          Considering I live in NC, you are right. I wasn’t there. 99% of bloggers and amateur writers have to research their articles and cull different view point from several different media outlets and then formulate an article. This is what we have to work with through the off-season until we can see games and the Dolphins start to show more video of practice sessions. The irony to all of this is that most in the mainstream media will in turn copy blog writers and amateur writers when they post articles on their opinions. Or they take ideas from forums, like Finheaven and the old Miami Herald forum. It’s not stealing it’s using what resources you have. I don’t deny that I use other sources…you have to. But it’s not just one source. I have to look at a lot of different ones because I can’t copy someone else’s work. My thoughts are my own based on what I read by others. But news is still news no matter where you get it.

          • Johnny

            Hey… I can go to the practices for you and give you full reports… I’ll only charge $50 an hour.. No.. Joking.. I’ll go to a few and let you know what I see.. It’s pretty fregging hot out there tho.. Me and Jules plan on meeting up on one (or more) practices.. I don’t mind driving an hour to watch a practice.. It sucks sometimes when I went on more then one occasion, they went into the bubble.. So, drove an hour (2 hours round trip) for nothing.. Now I check the weather forecast and radar before going to practices..

      • txmedic5

        Oh, and I’m not a college kid. Im 45 and work as a paramedic. I do this from my phone at work during down time, and I do this from home when I have a chance. But feel free to read Armando and Omar as much as you want. As a fan, I’m very proud of the work I have done here in the last 7 years. I have won 10 awards from the Dolphins and my Dolphins site peers and speak regularly with a lot of former players and meet the coach each year. I run my own radio show about the team and pay for everything myself. So fire away…LOL. I guarantee you NONE of the “beat writers” covering the team would do that for basically nothing.

        • txmedic5

          And what I really like more than anything is the fact that since I’m not there I have to research that much more and work that much harder to put out an article so yeah sometimes, I have to rely on others but it’s a great thing when someone steals my stuff and it shows up there. Yes it does happen. We started a “Who wears it best” feature here as I’m sure you know. Two days after we started it, the Dolphins started one of their own. I love it! seriously do. I think it’s great when things like that happen.

        • James

          Glad you do this from your own love of Team and pocket expense. I find it very annoying when I read all these articles that write BS on Wallace and Jordan. I hate most when writers constantly have only negative things to say or just put whatever out there. I mean to offend you just as much as you meant to write 3 deep ball TD’s. I actually have enjoyed many of your articles. Was def having a bad day and vented. I do like the stuff Johnny comments with though. He has great points. Anyhow sorry and thanks for being a medic! I was stationed in Jacksonville NC for 3 1/2 years. I also work as a EMS provider in Orlando area as a FF/EMT! Be safe!

          • txmedic5

            No worries James. In 7 years I have grown pretty thick skin. I just like to remind from time to time that I dont live in Florida and cant watch practices.

        • Johnny

          Just telling it as it is… I’m down to earth… I’m trying to help.. I don’t like Omar.. But he does go to the media practices and what not.. And gives play by play on his Twitter.. I don’t follow Omar, I really don’t like him.. I just read is play-by-play at the Practice on his Twitter…
          Hey.. I was a paramedic in the USAF.. Worked in MICU.. Code Blue team.. Before they sent me to Afghanistan to set up an ICU unit and also converted a plane (KC-10), into a flying ICU hospital..
          Hurt the back though.. Lifting soldiers (in a hurry) and probably doing CPR 500-800 times.. Kills your back… Then got my RN.. And as a man, I was overused by every girl to help move their patients and do CPR on their Patients.. On top of my own..
          I have a new respect for you bro.

          • txmedic5

            Thats awesome! Great respect for the military medics.

          • Johnny

            Thanks.. My pleasure.. And I have that same respect for Paramedics, since I was one.. You save lives… Much respect..

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    I’m tuned in to the Finsiders radio show for as long and as often as my work schedule can allow it… not embarrassed to express that, and when I put something up, I have no problem referencing that fact. I shall wait for training camp, when I plan to attend, before I commit to players or combinations I like from the 1st person perspective. Having expressed the above, I will go on to say that I’ve been of the opinion all along, even as we were headed into last year’s draft, that the Dolphins couldn’t achieve success on offense if they didn’t have a less than adequate pass and run blocking OL… they didn’t, and although some question marks still, remain, I do believe that this offensive line, should they gel during training camp, should be a marked improvement over last year’s, thus allowing Tannehill and Wallace to just have to concern themselves with timing instead of have timing forced upon them by a rushing defense. I’m optimistic about our chances and psyched about the upcoming season. Go Dolphins!

    • Johnny

      Yeh… ALOT will depend on the OLine gelling.. But it can’t be worse then last years.. Already an improvement without being in the field..

      • Miami Jules (Julian)

        I really don’t expect it to be worse…all the contrary, they drafted my guy (one of them) but I will have a good idea once I attend training camp… right now, its’ just people’s opinion, and as encouraging s it may be… still I have to see for myself… QB to receiver though, an early estimate will be the scrimmage game.

        • Johnny

          Yeh.. You got to wait till they put the pads on!!