I think by now we realize that the Dolphin’s offense isn’t an offense that is going to have any 1-4 play drives. It be nice and it be really cool, but it’s just not something that is going to happen. The offensive line is too sorry to allow receivers to get too far down the field so that means everything has to be around 15 yards tops.
This means that the Dolphins have to run the ball even when it’s only getting about three yards per carry. It seems, based on the Saints game, that the Dolphins are going to go with Duke Johnson and Phillip Lindsay as their main running backs with Myles Gaskin coming to get a few carries but mostly coming to be used as a receiver because that’s where the Dolphin’s receiving core is at.
Here are some more stats. For the year the Dolphins rank 17th in time of possession. But, over their last three games, they rank fifth. The running game, which is really bad, actually has been doing its job.
It’s actually how the offense is supposed to work in the eyes of Brian Flores. Get the lead and then drain the clock. Stone Cold Brian Flores isn’t interested in stats or fantasy numbers. He knows damn well that his best unit is his defensive unit, especially against defunct offenses. So, he has no problem running the ball for possibly three yards in a cloud of dust and then punting putting his hardcore defense back on the field. This is how this current version of the Miami Dolphins has operated and it’s how they’re going to operate going forward.
Fine with me because I know this offense can’t do really cool things like score on one play. Stay the course, play smart football, and they should be there with a chance to win in the end. With this outfit against a team like Titans, I can’t ask for much more.
By the Way- An aspect that I think might have a factor is the weather and the actual turf. The Music City Bowl was played a few days ago and guys were falling all over the place. That was on December 30th. Since then, there has been a bunch of rain and the temperature is supposed to fall 20 degrees to around 35ish degrees with a chance of rain and snow. The Dolphins better be prepared for this, as if they have any way to prepare for these kinds of elements. No excuses, but these conditions don’t help the Dolphin’s offense.