After weeks of embarrassing results, the Miami Dolphins are finally starting to gain traction. They’ve won three games in a row and slip quietly into the AFC playoff image (thanks to the new playoff format).
As luck began to rebound in Miami, their front office decided to keep their foot on the accelerator pedal and stay aggressive. They recently called for the waivers to be removed, adding a new face to their current RB room.
The Dolphins have claimed RB Phillip Lindsay
Once considered a staple of the Denver Broncos’ backfield, veteran RB Phillip Lindsay has fallen quite dramatically in recent seasons. He racked up over 1,000 yards in his first two seasons in Denver before dropping to 502 in 2020. The Houston Texans got Lindsay back after his disappointing third season, hoping he could jumpstart his career with a change from decor.
However, this did not happen. Lindsay recorded just 130 rushing yards on 50 carries before being subjected to the suspension wire after Week 11. Lindsay’s current 2.6 yards per attempt is by far a career low.
Despite its recent drop in production, the Dolphins weren’t scared. They were the only team to claim Lindsay, proving their desperation for help as running back. Outside of a few decent games from fullback Myles Gaskin, the Dolphins have scored one of the NFL’s worst rushing attacks this season. They rank 29th in total rushing yards.
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said the following about the addition of Lindsay.
“A guy who’s had a lot of production in this league. Excited to have him on board, ”said Flores. “He just needs to get used to the way we do things here. “
Dolphins keep trying to build on their hasty attack
This isn’t the first time the Dolphins have tried to put a band-aid on their rushed attack. In fact, they have tried countless methods to improve it over the past year and a half.
They hired veterans Jordan Howard and Matt Breida last offseason to bolster the room. Both are no longer on the list. They had their eyes on rookies Najee Harris and Javonte Williams in the 2021 NFL Draft. Different teams took on the two.
Last week, the Dolphins even signed veteran RB Duke Johnson to their practice squad, immediately elevating him against the New York Jets. Lindsay’s signing is just the latest part of trying to get something to stick with RB.
Each team enjoys solid ground play. However, at the heart of Miami’s problem is their lack of confidence in sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa. In less than two years they put him on the bench, tried to trade him and are now trying to get the ball out of his hands by building a good running game at the last second.
Every round, the Dolphins signal that they don’t trust their QB to win them games by air. They want to become a first-rate offense.
Tua Tagovailoa must prove he can win with his arm
It’s unfair pressure to put on a young quarterback. However, this is the stark reality of the Tagovailoa situation. There are already plenty of rumors circulating that Miami is considering targeting QB Deshaun Watson again in the next offseason.
If Tagovailoa is to stay in Miami, he has to prove the Dolphins front office and coaching staff wrong. He has to show that he can always win matches with his arm, with or without a good running game.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.
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