3. Running ability
I think we all can agree the offensive line in Miami is atrocious. They are the worst unit in the NFL, and I know a lot of people believe they will be easily fixed this offseason, but I am not buying it.
You could argue that they need four new starters, and I would probably agree with you. The only offensive lineman who has shown he belongs in the NFL is right guard Robert Hunt. Everyone else needs to progress or be replaced.
And that is where numbers come into play. Anything is possible, but mathematically and analytically speaking, fixing four positions on the offensive line is near impossible in one offseason.
That’s where Willis’ elite rushing ability comes into play—having a quarterback that can run limits what a defense can do and aids your offensive line. Getting +1 in the run game (meaning the running back can become a blocker for the quarterback) is huge in the NFL. Much like the Buffalo Bills do with Josh Allen, Miami would use Willis on designed power run plays with the quarterback to help move the chains and extend drives.
Willis will also use his elite athletic ability on the picket to evade the rush and extend plays. Miami could not extend plays and had to resort to quick, one-read pass plays instead of letting anything develop down the field.
Willis has the ability to not only take over games running the football but also make sure defenses will have trouble sacking him and stopping drives. Did you see his elite run in the Senior Bowl?
That is exactly what I am talking about. SHEEESH!