It appears that the coaching staff has found the running backs that they want with the ball in their hands and those backs are Duke Johnson and Phillip Lindsay. Each guy had 13 carries and neither of them broke 40 yards on the ground. But they both run downhill, behind their pads, and have shown to be able to break the arm tackles that we’ve been accustomed to seeing for the majority of the year.
This isn’t to say that Myles Gaskin is nothing in this offense. I really do think we’ll see him be asked to make a few plays in the final two games. I’m saying that Brian Flores and the triumvirate of offensive coordinators prefer the tough grinding-out styles of Duke and Lindsay over the shiftiness of Gaskin and even Salvon Ahmed. Gaskin is more suited in the 3rd down role and based on the lack of depth at receiver, he’ll be split out wide as well.
What I love best about Duke and Lindsay, and I think Flores does as well, is that when the Dolphins have a lead, Duke and Lindsay are careful with the ball and will fall forward. Here’s a sneak preview of the next thing we learned, but Brian Flores loves to get a lead, run the ball, drain the clock, and punt putting his elite defense back on the field. Duke Johnson and Phillip Lindsay provide that lifestyle.