The Miami Dolphins underutilized these 3 players in loss to Raiders


The Miami Dolphins entered Sin City as underdogs, but the sharps in Vegas thought the Dolphins would actually play the undefeated Raiders close. They were right but they were also correct in stating that the Dolphins wouldn’t win. The Dolphins battled all day and surprisingly forced overtime when they really had no business being in a position to do that. Things didn’t go their way and the Dolphins fell to 1-2.

One of the worst things that came out of this game was the Dolphins, like they historically do, underutilized a number of their most talented players. There’s plenty of suitors responsible for the Dolphins not putting their most dynamic play-makers in the best position to succeed. You can go with the offensive line not allowing the offense to run any sort of play that takes more than three seconds. Or, you can point fingers at the normal and very common setup the Dolphins have with their co-offensive coordinator’s approach. Regardless of you decide to blame, you’re going to be right.

The absolute worst part of this completely avoidable circumstance is that this is so Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have had very good offensive players only to not understand how to use them properly. From Mike Wallace to Kenyan Drake, to Lamar Miller, no matter who the coaches are, they always find a way to handle talented players as if they’re Rubix cubes that have been lit on fire. They don’t know how to maximize their very obvious attributes and those players eventually leave. We’re far from that reality, but is there really any reason, at the moment, to think that the co-offensive coordinators will magically be struck with common sense? No. No there is no reason to think that. Here’s the list of guys from today’s game that had so much more meat on the bone.

The Miami Dolphins entered Sin City as underdogs, but the sharps in Vegas thought the Dolphins would actually play the undefeated Raiders close. They were right but they were also correct in stating that the Dolphins wouldn’t win. The Dolphins battled all day and surprisingly forced overtime when they really had no business being in a position to do that. Things didn’t go their way and the Dolphins fell to 1-2.

One of the worst things that came out of this game was the Dolphins, like they historically do, underutilized a number of their most talented players. There’s plenty of suitors responsible for the Dolphins not putting their most dynamic play-makers in the best position to succeed. You can go with the offensive line not allowing the offense to run any sort of play that takes more than three seconds. Or, you can point fingers at the normal and very common setup the Dolphins have with their co-offensive coordinator’s approach. Regardless of you decide to blame, you’re going to be right.

The absolute worst part of this completely avoidable circumstance is that this is so Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have had very good offensive players only to not understand how to use them properly. From Mike Wallace to Kenyan Drake, to Lamar Miller, no matter who the coaches are, they always find a way to handle talented players as if they’re Rubix cubes that have been lit on fire. They don’t know how to maximize their very obvious attributes and those players eventually leave. We’re far from that reality, but is there really any reason, at the moment, to think that the co-offensive coordinators will magically be struck with common sense? No. No there is no reason to think that. Here’s the list of guys from today’s game that had so much more meat on the bone.

The Miami Dolphins underutilized these 3 players in loss to Raiders

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 20: Salvon Ahmed #26 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Myles Gaskin didn’t get the start. Malcolm Brown did which rose my poor man’s people’s eyebrow. It wasn’t really a huge deal because Gaskin was still used the most of any running back with 13 carries for 65 yards with three catches for 9.

What was very curious to me was why wasn’t Salvon Ahmed used at all? He didn’t record a carry or a catch. In fact, I’m not even sure if he was on the field for a single play. He dressed because I saw him standing on the sideline, but I don’t recall him being on the field at all.

But why? Why is a guy who is as fast as Ahmed not on the field being put in a position to get the ball in space? Is it because the Dolphin’s coaches think he’s a liability as a blocker? If that’s the case, that’s something I can buy. But in his 23 snaps from last week, I don’t recall him being awful or anything like that.

Ahmed is very shifty in space and has very good hands as a receiving threat. The Dolphins made sure they threw the ball short pretty much all day against the Raiders so you’d think that Ahmed’s abilities would have been something to use to your advantage. But naw, why do that? Why do that when you can just have Brissett scramble around and throw at guy’s feet when he gets in trouble?

I just think Ahmed and Gaskin for that matter could have been more involved in the passing game especially when the offensive staff had less than zero percent confidence in the offensive line to give Brissett enough time to throw downfield. It just doesn’t make sense to me.

The Miami Dolphins underutilized these 3 players in loss to Raiders

Sep 26, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Will Fuller (3) is defended by Las Vegas Raiders defensive back Johnathan Abram (24) in overtime at Allegiant Stadium.The Raiders defeated the Dolphins 31-28 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t know how many targets Fuller had during the game. It felt like he only had a few one of them being the deep ball he got assaulted on at the end of overtime. Fuller’s debut for the Dolphins ended with him having a three catch for 20 yards day. Not great. Not great at all.

Fuller is a guy who has world-class speed so you’d think you’d send him downfield as often as you can and take that top off the defense that I keep hearing is so fun to do. That classic Brissett to Fuller connection down the field never happened and Fuller was reduced to being Derrius Thompson. He was brought down to the level of being a JAG(just a guy) and let me tell you; that’s not what his one-year $10M contract states that he is.

He’s a guy that you can send on deep crosses, or post routes, and of course the nine route. Now I know that the offensive line was once again bad and because of their badness, they didn’t allow Brissett to be able to sit back in the pocket and wait for Fuller to get behind the defense. But still, why can’t the illustrious co-coordinators have enough brainpower between the two of them to figure out a smart way to getting him the ball so that he can run a little bit after the catch? I wish I knew and I hope it changes immediately. It sort of has to if this offense wasn’t to accomplish anything.

The Miami Dolphins underutilized these 3 players in loss to Raiders

Sep 19, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) attempts to make a catch during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jaylen Waddle set a record that began in 1950. Here’s what that record is.

Jaylen Waddle of the Dolphins just produced the lowest receiving yards total for any non RB with 12 or more catches in a a single NFL game since stats started being kept in 1950, per @Stathead.

— Shawn Coleman (@StatsSAC) September 26, 2021

Very impressive of Waddle to do this and hats off to the co-coordinators. Only a two-headed monster of offensive prowess can have one receiver catch 12 passes in modern-day football for only 58 yards. Bravo.

It’s actually quite impressive if you think about it. Passes have to go forward to constitute a pass and Jaylen Waddle caught 12 passes for 58 yards today. This means that Waddle had a whopping 4.8 yards per catch today. You’d think Waddle would get one of them and go for I don’t know 8 yards but you’d be wrong. The Dolphins made sure that the overwhelming majority of the passes Waddle would catch would only be about two inches in front of the line of scrimmage. Because why would you want a guy who moves like Waddle to ever be given the chance to run past defenders or cross across the field at about 15 yards or so? That would be madness.

Miami traded up to select Waddle with the sixth overall pick of the draft this year to use him like he’s a late-round scat back. Essentially, he’s Dexter McCluster or Jakeem Grant. He’s just an incredible athlete that the Dolphin’s higher-ups will not use properly and he will spend the rest of his days being this cool toy that the Dolphins just give up playing with due to their belief that it’s too complicated to get it to work. Sad but true.

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