Dolphins can't explain offensive futility

December, 30, 2013
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DAVIE, Fla. -- The offensive numbers are atrocious with 16 games now in the books for the Miami Dolphins.

Miami finished 27th in total offense, 26th in rushing and 20th in passing. The Dolphins also finished 26th in scoring at 19.8 points per game.

It’s one major reason the Dolphins (8-8) are on the outside looking in as the playoffs begin Saturday. Miami scored just seven points in the final eight quarters of its season in back-to-back losses to the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

“We got to score more points, for sure,” said Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace. “That’s the first and foremost thing we got to do is score more points. In two weeks to end the season, you can’t score seven points. Not when you have a playoff berth on the line. You definitely can’t do that.”

The 2013 season will be remembered as a roller-coaster year with some highs, but major lows. The disappointment from missing the playoffs still was fresh with Dolphins players Monday as they were cleaning out their lockers for the final time.

Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin also met with the media and remained confident the team -- and the offense -- will be better in 2014.

“We certainly need to make changes, adjustments, tweaks, additions, deletions. That’s part of the process,” Philbin said. “I’m confident there will be (changes). But right now, there’s none to be addressed.”

Expect Miami’s inconsistent offense to have a different look next season. There will be changes in personnel, particularly on the offensive line. Starting guard John Jerry and offensive tackles Bryant McKinnie and Tyson Clabo are all unrestricted free agents. Suspended guard Richie Incognito also is not expected to return.

It’s also possible there could be a shift in scheme if Miami lets go of offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, who is on the hot seat.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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