This may end up being the worst statistical season for the Miami Dolphins when it comes to running the football. They are that bad.
Dating back to the end of last season when Frank Gore was placed on IR, the Miami Dolphins have been working Kalen Ballage in the starting role far more than Kenyan Drake and that didn’t change in camp this year.
There is something about Drake that Miami Dolphins fans are not aware of, something behind the scenes that two different coaching staffs saw that the rest of us didn’t. Through two weeks of the Dolphins 2019 season, we are still wondering what Ballage has that Drake does not.
In fact, we are wondering if any of the Dolphins running backs are capable of becoming better than what we have seen so far through two games.
To be completely fair, the offensive line has not done their job and running lanes are practically non-existent. So far through two games the Dolphins have rushed 27 times for 63 yards. That is an average of 2.3 yards per carry.
Miami has been down considerably in both games. Against the Ravens in week one, the Dolphins were losing by 21 points in the first quarter. Against New England in week two they fared far better points wise only down by 13 at the half. When you find yourself passing to try to keep pace, your running game suffers considerably.
Something has to change however. The Dolphins can not use a balanced attack if the running game isn’t on the field. The threat of running the ball is not in the equation either and teams can simply tee off on the quarterback.
The Dolphins may be moving on from Ryan Fitzpatrick for the forseeable future and handing the keys to Josh Rosen but without a running game, it won’t matter. Today against the Cowboys, it will be another tough road to run on.