The Miami Dolphins’ defense is ready to tear apart teams in the regular season. If the offense could only get on the same page, the Dolphins might actually be able to make some noise in the AFC East. Unfortunately, if the offense does not improve their numbers in the red zone they will not be very successful in 2013.
“I think we’ll score in a lot of different ways,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said, according to the Miami Herald. “You have to find the best way to get each of them (receivers) involved down in the red zone.
“We don’t have a 6-5 guy we can just throw the ball up to, but we have good receivers who can do a lot of good things for us. I don’t think you have to have that guy.”
It is true Miami does not have the tall targets like some teams around the league have. However, the Dolphins still must make the most of their opportunities when just outside of the end zone, which includes catching rather easy touchdown passes. Wide receiver Brandon Gibson dropping a catchable touchdown pass is simply not acceptable.
“One thing I have to get used to is working through all that trash and finding my way and getting my eyes back to the quarterback when I clear all the trash,” Gibson told the Miami Herald. “It’s an example [Saturday night]. I’ve got to make sure I get my eyes back. The ball’s a little inside, but I’ve got to be able to make that play.”
Passing is one thing but running has been a completely different story. If the Dolphins cannot figure out a way to be efficient on the ground in the red zone then they are in for a world of pain. The team posted minus-five yards on six carries in the red zone, which is simply embarrassing.
Obviously, Miami has a lot of work to do in this area with very little time left to improve. If they can just figure out a way to get more payoffs in the red zone then they might actually give several teams a run for their money.