A Miami Dolphins win and a comment about lack of receptions by Mike Wallace. Yes, looks like it’s all in a days work.
The talented yet sometimes outspoken receiver is not exactly a bundle of joy following the Dolphins' 23-10 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 of the NFL season.
The former Pittsburgh Steelers' pass catcher more than made his feelings known when asked by reporters about his thoughts on Sunday’s win.
Eric Edholm of Yahoo! Sports reported that, “Wallace was peeved that he caught only one pass for 15 yards in the win and apparently had to be consoled and controlled by general manager Jeff Ireland, who led Wallace away from the locker room after the win.”
Sounds like the Dolphins have more issues than a faulty running game to deal with as they prepare for the Colts on the road this week.
Wallace signed a five-year, $60 million contract in the offseason to be the primary target for this team. He has yet to find a true rhythm with Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He did not play in the first preseason game of the year and was used sparsely in the other four..
Brian Hartline was Tannehill’s “go to” receiver on Sunday, catching nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.
The exchange between Wallace and The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero said it all (according to the Edholm story).
“I don’t feel like talking, man,” he said, as he walked past me. He was asked about not being targeted in the first half. “Ask coach,” he said. “It’s not my game plan."
Now we understand the NFL has the market cornered on divas and their names aren’t just Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson and Michael Irvin.
The Dolphins' passing game looked more comfortable as the game progressed. Tannehill threw for 272 yards during the game and survived four sacks by the Browns defense.
The Dolphins do have bigger issues to deal with. The running game and more specifically, Lamar Miller, were supposed to be a hit in south Florida this year. Miller got off to a shaky start as the first game, only gaining three yards on 10 carries and the Miami ground game looked awful all around. Daniel Thomas ran for 14 yards on eight carries and scored the winning touchdown to put Miami up for good.
If the Dolphins cannot find a running tandem to balance the passing of Tannehill, how many catches Wallace has will not matter whatsoever.
Both sides much prioritize if they are to challenge for an AFC title, not indiviual accoloades.