By Armando Salgueroasalguero@MiamiHerald.com
When Wallace had his great seasons in Pittsburgh, then-offensive coordinator Bruce Arians moved him around the formation, sometimes placing him outside, sometimes in the slot, sometimes bunched near the line of scrimmage. Arians also put Wallace in motion ostensibly so defenders would have to chase the speedy receiver even before the play began.
The Dolphins rarely have put Wallace in motion in any game other than the one against Indianapolis.
“There will not be a lot of mysteries to what side … to where we line up,” Philbin said before launching a defense of the strategy. “… I can’t speak to how much of an advantage it is [for the defense].
“There’s different ways of doing it. I don’t know if there is any downside. That’s just a decision we made, and that’s how we do it. I don’t know if there is a specific downside to it.”
Here’s a downside, Coach: The Dolphins line up Wallace to the right and ask Tannehill to connect with him deep, although Tannehill is not all that effective throwing deep toward the right side.
Stats tell the story
According to the football metrics website ProFootballFocus.com, Tannehill has so far in his career completed 28 of 56 passes (50 percent completion rate) for 504 yards, with seven touchdowns and only one interception throwing passes of 10 yards or more in the air to his left.
Seven touchdowns, one interception throwing deep left.
On his throws of 10 yards or more to the right side in his NFL career, Tannehill has completed 34 of 75 passes (45 percent) for 799 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions.
One touchdown, three interceptions throwing deep right.
That’s not a coincidental statistic, as it spans 20 games. And the numbers for this year’s four games are more startling.
This season, Tannehill has completed 10 of 15 passes for 168 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions throwing passes beyond 10 yards to his left.
He has completed only 4 of 14 attempts for 84 yards without a touchdown or interception throwing to his right beyond 10 yards in the air.
“I don’t even think about it,” Tannehill said.
Perhaps he should start, ...
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