The running game is the bread and butter of Mike McDaniel and this is where he needs to start his dismantling of the offensive side of the ball.
Miami has seven running backs on their roster and four of those are impending free agents.
- Phillip Lindsay
- Malcolm Brown
- Duke Johnson
- Salvon Ahmed
While Lindsay and Johnson showed some good attributes in their limited play last year, Miami doesn’t “need” them to the point that they are must re-sign players.
The biggest thing with the running game is that McDaniel has a vision of what he wants the running game to be so he has to decide if any of those players have value for him. If not, let them go. The same can be said for the other three still on the roster.
- Myles Gaskin
- Patrick Laird
- Gerrid Doaks
Gaskin played well last year at times and has shown he can be relied upon but is he untouchable? Absolutely not. The Dolphins could release all three running back and not re-sign any of their impending free agents and not hurt the Dolphins offense in any way. Miami doesn’t need continuity in the running game because it isn’t very good.
A new group of runners that could be from a trade, free agency, and the draft is an overhaul that shouldn’t be simply discounted and with Mike McDaniel rebuilding the unit, this year is probably a good one to do it in.