The Miami Dolphins are off to a solid 3-2 start on the season. Despite that winning record, there is some unhappiness in South Beach. Wide receiver Mike Wallace has struggled to get balls thrown his way and has failed to be the deep threat he was in the past. Wallace has caught 22 passes for 281 yards, both marks are fourth best on the team.
Wallace is averaging 12.8 yards per reception, a career low for him. It would be only the second time in his career that he averaged less than 16.5 yards per reception.
Maybe the problem isn’t Wallace, maybe it’s quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s ability to throw the deep ball. Tannehill disagrees though.
“I feel like I have plenty of arm to get it there,” Tannehill said Wednesday, via ESPN.com. “It’s just trusting him and throwing it out there. … When you’re throwing the ball that far downfield there’s going to be a small margin of error, where one or two yards make a big difference.”
Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman supported Tannehill’s side saying it was about “rhythm and timing.”
Wallace was brought in to bring to go deep and spread out the defenses. That was supposed to free up the slot receivers and tight ends. It could be working because in Tannehill’s defense, he is spreading the ball around fairly evenly. The four leading receivers have between 22-25 catches.