Our widereceiver core consists of two guys, Hartline and Bess, and they've got a whopping two touchdowns this year between them. Of the two, Bess was the only one that really had an impact on Sunday. It would have been an even bigger one had he not fallen down on that big play. Hartline dissappeared after the 1st quarter and finished with only a couple of catches. What bouyed the passing game yesterday was the spark we got off the bench from Charles Clay. When Clay plays up to his potential he adds a new dimension to this offense. Having a versatile guy like Clay who can switch between FB and TE with ease really gives Tannehill the ability to change things up at the line and find favorable matchups. Make no mistake about it, this team needs help at WR. We still lack a speedster and a legit redzone target.
Considering the lambasting the core took for most of the year, having Bess and Hartline close to putting in 1,000+ yard seasons with 5 games to go says a lot more than most give them credit for. When was the last time that ever happened where we had two? That goes all the way back to the Marks Brothers days (not attempting to draw direct talent correlation). Yet, why are you putting the TD's all on their shoulders? You've seen how the offense works when the run game is clicking. You think every read Tanny has made while in the red zone this year has been perfect and it's all the receivers faults? Not quite. The blame for that goes around to a lot more than just those two. Players like Charles Clay were being counted on to adjust to the system a lot quicker in order to create more favorable coverages. Tanny himself has had to learn to adjust as defenses adjusted to him. Sherman himself has been quite mercurial in his play-calling, which has bogged down the offense at times. It's a process.
I'm not denying they need to go out and get another receiver, but even I can sit here and say these guys are playing a lot better than most thought they'd be ..... that's including myself. Just giving credit where credit is due. Those weren't two slouches Seattle trotted out there at DB and Davone Bess had a monster game. You can't sit there and harp on Hartline as if both guys need to have 100+ yards because the offense has to take advantage of the coverage. Bess and Clay took the torch on Sunday.
What I agree that Tannehill isn't turning water into wine here, a lot of the credit for Hartline and Bess having career years falls on him and the receiver friendly system we have now. But all the numbers in the world can't mask that we need more quality receivers. I'm not saying Hartline and Bess aren't good, they are very good at their respective roles. Hartline is a quality possession receiver. Bess is a quality slot receiver. But what we have right now is a situation where Tannehill only has two legitimate, consistent, sure handed targets to throw to. That isn't good. We still need a speedster to stretch the field and open up the deep passing game. We also still need a big redzone target for Tannehill to throw to the corners of the endzone and create a physical mismatch. I'm not arguing that we don't have any good receivers. I'm arguing that we have two good receivers and we need two more.