Although the Miami Dolphins named Lamar Miller their starting running back for Week 1, the team continues to rally against the notion that they will split the carries between the two, despite Miller being the superior back.
Many suggested the Dolphins, who were concerned with Miller’s apparent space cadet ways, hinted that Thomas could be the starting running back during the preseason as a motivational tool for Miller.
Now, after naming Miller their starting running back, they’re continuing to push Thomas as an equal to Miller, suggesting that he will see a bulk of carries.
Per the Miami Herald:
Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said the decision to start Lamar Miller over Daniel Thomas in Sunday’s season opener was “the starting point, really,” and that both backs had a strong preseason.
“I think they’ve improved, both of them, and we definitely need those guys to perform well for us,” Philbin added. “I think [Miller] played well. I think he caught the ball well, ran the ball well. I thought Daniel did as well. It’s very, very close.”
Miller himself said he expects to see the same amount of snaps:
“It’s cool,” Thomas added. “We’re all going to get pretty much the same amount of reps. It’s not a problem.”
I still find trouble believing it. Nothing against Thomas, but anybody who has seen the two play should see who the better back is between the two.