When the Miami Dolphins acquired Mike Wallace, they believed he was the much needed No. 1 receiver they desired. But under previous offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, Wallace stagnated and posted career low numbers across the board.
He vented his frustrations verbally and the noise seemed to only irritate fans and teammates more. But now under Bill Lazor who replaces Sherman as offensive coordinator, the hope is that Wallace is primed to have a much better 2014 campaign and so far so good according to the Dolphins coaching staff.
“I think Mike, if you ask, Mike’s attitudes been outstanding,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said. “He’s been working hard every single day that he’s been here. I think he feels a lot more comfortable just as we like to say, parking his car in the parking lot and coming to work. I think he feel better about being a Miami Dolphin. I think he understands the expectations that we have in the offseason and so forth. So really like what he’s doing.”
In addition to the improved attitude, Wallace has been said to be working out heavily in South Beach, including use of the JUGS machine which has caught the eye of the staff according to beat writer James Walker.
Of course, Wallace is going to need a better relationship with his quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but given Lazor’s down field mentality, the two should find themselves on the same page rather often. At least, that’s the hope.
Still, after last season, there’s nowhere to go but up for Wallace.