This past offseason, the Miami Dolphins made one of the biggest free agent signings in the NFL by signing wide receiver Mike Wallace to a five-year, $60 million deal to come catch balls for rising quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
The signing created a lot of buzz and brought a lot of hope to Miami fans, as Wallace was one of the most dangerous receivers in the league while he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has the ability to take the top off of a defense and is always a threat to score on the field.
So far for Wallace in Miami, it hasn’t exactly gone as planned. Wallace only has 15 catches for 176 yards and a touchdown through Week 4. Nine of those catches and 115 yards plus the touchdown all came in one game during Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts.
This has been disappointing for many fans of the Dolphins, the coaches, and Wallace. After Week 1, when Wallace only had one reception, he stressed displeasure with how many times he was being targeted during the game.
Yesterday, when asked if Wallace would like to see more deep balls, he responded by saying yes he would before Dolphins media members ended his interviews.
When offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was asked about it, he simply stated that the deep ball just hasn’t been there for Wallace and they can’t force it.
For Wallace, he needs to focus more on making plays instead of voicing his opinion about play calling. Throughout Wallace’s career, he has been knocked for his consistency and also has never been a real threat anywhere else besides the deep ball.
Wallace has had his fair share of drops this season in the short passing game, so in order for the ball to come his way, he needs to be more consistent in the short and medium routes so the deep ball can open up.
Complaining about not getting the ball isn’t going to make anything better, especially when you aren’t making plays with the opportunities you are getting.