Miami Dolphins should consider starting David Fales moving forward
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins appear hitched to starter Brock Osweiler for the foreseeable future until Ryan Tannehill can make his way back onto the field. It should be David Fales.
Over the last four weeks we have seen the best and the worst of Miami Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler. Now it’s time to see what David Fales can bring to the table. His time should be now.
Osweiler has not played poorly given the offensive struggles with injuries and wide-receiver and along the offensive line but he also hasn’t shown that he can lead this team into the post season picture. Tought games lie ahead and frankly the last three weeks have left a bad taste in the mouths of the fan base.
David Fales is an unknown at this point but Adam Gase kept three quarterbacks for a reason entering the season. There was questions as to who would be the 2nd team quarterback behind Tannehill as late as the first game of the season when Gase kept Osweiler active and Fales on the inactive list. Now Fales is active each week because of the Tannehill situation.
As Adam Gase tries to fix what ails his offense a change a quarterback could be a good idea. Osweiler lacks the “it” factor and while they can say he isn’t the problem, he is far from the solution. On Sunday against the New York Jets Osweiler threw for 139 yards. He was inconsistent at his best. Unable to move the ball down the field, the Dolphins need better from the position.
This is not say that Osweiler is the problem. He isn’t. There are other issues that need addressed but David Fales needs to get some looks. Gase needs to see what he has to offer and frankly he looked better than Osweiler in the pre-season.
Last year Fales took over in the last game and looked good enough to warrant Gase to bring him back but there comes a time when you need to see if new blood could help drive the offense. With the way the Dolphins offense has been playing, a change at quarterback couldn’t hurt anymore than it is already.
Fales may very well fail and if he does you turn to Osweiler. This is not a case of benching a starter like the Giants did last year with Eli Manning. The Dolphins are already riding a back-up and it isn’t producing the results that the team needs.
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The Dolphins really don’t know what they have with Fales and until they put him on the field they won’t know. They need to find out. Maybe he adds a juice to the offense that Osweiler can’t. Maybe he falls on his face but something needs to be shaken up a bit and a change at quarterback more often than not can kick-start an offense that can’t pick up yards.
The Dolphins are 5-4 but their season could easily spiral out of control and then Fales gets to clean up later in the year but why wait? Giving him even a half of a game to see how he plays could generate enough positive momentum to see the potential for the future.
That being said if there is one thing we know about Adam Gase is that he is loyal to a fault. If nothing else Gase should give more first team reps on practice to Fales and see how he responds but more importantly see how the team around him responds. Then make a more informative decision. Either way, the Dolphins need a lot more production from the position.
Statistically, Osweiler has not thrown a touchdown pass since the 6:00 minute mark of the 4th quarter three games ago against the Lions. That needs to change.