Philbin shows no sign of doubt those plays will come. But until they actually manifest, their arrival is only a hope. Their arrival is uncertain.
The truth is the Dolphins have questions they must answer before anyone knows if they can threaten a defense from any spot on the field. Yes, Wallace has proven that he can be a threat, so thats not an issue.
But the Miami offensive line, along with backs and even tight ends at times, must show they can block well enough, long enough to allow those long, deep pass plays to develop.
Hartline and Gibson must show theyre enough of a threat so that defenses dont simply eliminate Wallace with coverage.
And Tannehill, well, he has to prove his accuracy on the deep ball is better than last year. Thats because there were at least a handful of plays (maybe more) in which Hartline, a deceptively speedy receiver, got open behind defenses and those never ended with a touchdown.
With one notable exception against Arizona, Tannehill misfired on several of those deep passes. Some throws were too long. A couple of the passes were underthrown. One time, Hartline had to stop running to catch the ball as if it had been a punt.
That pass was completed, but it didnt result in the touchdown it could have been if Tannehill had hit the receiver in stride.
That has to be resolved this season. And it would be nice if it could be resolved by the season opener.
Were a football team; its not about two people around here, Wallace said. But were a big part of this team, so we definitely need to be on the same page. Not midseason, not Game 3 or Game 4. We need to be on the same page from Game 1 on.
So dont be surprised if the Dolphins try Sundays practice-opening, deep-pass play again.
Hopefully, we get it again [Monday], Wallace said, and well hit it.