The Miami Dolphins have to generate big chunk plays.
Since Tua’s injury and even a little bit when he was playing, the Miami Dolphin have been putting together long play drives that have resulted in field goals to missed goals. Jason Sanders is in a major funk right now, so I don’t feel like relying on him at the moment.
Also, because of these surgical, non-chunk play drives, the Miami Dolphins have shot up to 4th in the league in penalties. Some are on defense but a lot are on offense as well.
I realize that the NFL is shifting to a two-high defense look that is designed to take away the big play. Scoring is down across the entire league and the under in games are hitting at around 65%(use this information any way you’d like.) A big reason why is that defenses are keeping everything in front of them.
With the receivers the Maimi Dolphins have, that fact isn’t too big of a deal. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle have more than enough ability to take the short or intermediate pass and take it for a ton of yards or a score.
Before the season started, we all smiled thinking to ourselves about the chunk plays this offense would be creating. I think we all thought the running game would allow that. Well, the running game is mid at best. So, Mike McDaniel needs to get into the lab and scheme some big gainers. It’s easier said than done but it sort of has to happen because of the way the Dolphins are shooting themselves in the foot, the offense needs to score quickly.
Or, as I said earlier, the return of Tua Tagovailoa calms everything down and everyone starts doing their job better without drawing penalties. That could also be the case as well.