The Miami Dolphins left Cleveland Sunday with a 23-10 victory over the Browns. However, one of the things that didn’t sit well with Miami’s coaching staff was its sluggish running game.
The Dolphins rushed for just 20 yards on 23 carries against the Browns, which is an 0.9-yard average. The 20 yards currently puts Miami dead last in the NFL in rushing after Week 1.
Cleveland’s defensive line and front seven dominated Miami’s rushing attack. It was an equally ugly performance by the Dolphins’ offensive line and the running backs.
The Dolphins have to make sure a lack of a running game doesn’t become the trend. That would make Miami and second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill much easier to defend in future games.
“We certainly can block better, run harder, coach better, so it falls on all of our shoulders,” Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said. “I anticipate that will clear itself up as we move forward. Last year when we played Arizona we didn’t rush the ball very well either. The defense was geared to stopping the run and they do a pretty good job of doing that.”
Miami starting tailback Lamar Miller rushed for 3 yard on 10 carries in his first game as a full-time starter. Not everything was his fault, but Miller also failed to make defenders miss. Backup Daniel Thomas only rushed for 14 yards on eight carries.
“Clearly we have to do a better job,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said. “That’s not a good formula to have that much pass offense and that little run offense. We want to have a better balance. It will probably never be 50-50 in terms of yardage.”
Look for the Dolphins to put a lot of practice time this week into running the ball against the Indianapolis Colts. Miami must control the clock to some degree and keep Colts quarterback Andrew Luck off the field as much as possible.
Both Indianapolis (1-0) and Miami (1-0) won its Week 1 matchups and look to improve to 2-0 in the AFC.