The Miami Dolphins have not one but two offensive coordinators heading into the 2021 season but will they use a fullback in their scheme?
Is old fashioned smash mouth football gone and lost forever? Three yards and a cloud of dust. Grind it out and wear down defenses. Will we even see a glimmer outside of late in games, with the lead to run clock?
The talk of the town and even from some coach speak (Brian Flores) is that the duo of Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle running deep routes will be a way to open the run game by leaving the safeties back. I can’t believe this is so much of a leaving all eggs in a basket setup heading into the season.
If there is any outline for head coach Brian Flores, it is that he thinks outside of the box. Not in a clumsy just to do it way on the playing field like Adam Gase. He does it to not only outfox the opponents on the field but also everyone covering football and leaves them guessing until game time.
One of his weapons is coach speak. This is used to plant seeds throwing everyone off the trail of his true intentions. I also can’t believe when he does this there are little to no one clapping back on it. So just the threat of having two newly signed and drafted speedy wide receivers going deep, somehow solves the running game. I also must add that the offensive line graded out near the bottom and these deep plays take time to develop.
If this does work, I would be ecstatic and eat crow. However my coach speak radar is going off, and I am having a hard time excepting this.
Newly signed free agent running back Malcolm Brown is sizable but seems more situated for getting short-yardage when needed. The FA signings have not been stellar at RB. The use of the FB in the past to open holes in running lanes has not worked out that well. This is one carryover from Flores’ past with the Patriots that has not come to fruition.
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The Pats did have better offensive lines, which in turn allows them that luxury of the use of FB’s, and they employed it well. The Miami Dolphins still have training wheels on when it comes to this aspect. Those short-yardage plays still have to be picked up, so there will always be the need for power.
Jordan Howard and Matt Breida failed to fit in with this running game, Myles Gaskin thrived. It just shows how things pan out, and how hard it is to project going forward.
The last pick in the draft Gerrid Doaks, RB, out of Cincinnati just seemed like throwing meat to the hecklers that wanted a known quantity move. As it turns out, Myles Gaskin was picked around the same position. Doaks also has size like FA pick up Malcolm Brown.
There is a chance we will see some of the old relic play from what is now called the dinosaur position of the FB. I keep thinking that Brian Flores will eventually succumb to Christian Wilkins’ wishes of letting him play FB on a double-duty role. He certainly has the size to be able to pound it in on the goal line or pick up that short yardage.
Christian Wilkins does have a goal-line TD, but it was on a passing play from Ryan Fitzpatrick.