The running game, believe it or not, has been slowly improving over the last two weeks. Against the Jets, the Dolphins ran for 118 yards, and against the Panthers, they went for 111 yards. That’s quite the improvement.
Not sure if you heard, but the Dolphin’s offensive line is bad in all facets of the game. But, they are getting slightly better in run blocking. The addition of Phillip Lindsay, a man you don’t want to mess with due to his admission of his craziness, helped last week.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Lindsay is going to be suiting up because the Dolphins aren’t allowed to have nice things and that he is doubtful to play on Sunday due to an injury.
Not great Bob, but Gaskin, Ahmed, and hey don’t forget about Duke Johnson can carry the load. They’re going to have to because if the offense is going to continue complimenting the defense they need to give Tua and the passing game optimum boxes to throw against.
We know about Tua’s elite accuracy, some say his superpower because that’s what we do now, and how his completion percentage is fantastic. He’s being very efficient with the ball but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want more big plays. In this offense, big plays will come off of play-action. This is why even if the running game isn’t causing great damage, keep doing it. I’m not saying run the ball when the flow of the game doesn’t at all call for it. I’m saying don’t abandon it if and when it’s only yielding two to three yards a carry.
Getting those linebackers to move up will allow Tua to use his accuracy and timing to throw over their heads to Waddle, Gesicki, and others and those will lead to big plays.
Also, keep running it to get more confidence with the offensive line and running backs. We’ve seen how the defense rolls when it’s confident. The offensive line and backs can do the same if they actually see themselves doing it. The Giants are the 26th defense in the league in rushing defense giving up a very inviting128 yards a game. It’s another good opportunity to lay some roots and get more physical.