Miami Dolphins

April 23, 2014

Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace excited about new offensive system

Receiver Mike Wallace said new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor’s schemes will be better suited to his strengths.

Don’t get him wrong, Mike Wallace sees the benefits of the voluntary offseason program, which began Monday. It’s a great way to build camaraderie.

But in truth, Wallace and Ryan Tannehill won’t really make their much-needed strides until much later in the summer, he believes.

“Right now, always good to get chemistry going with your quarterback,” Wallace told The Finsiders radio program Tuesday. “But I don’t think it’s going to really make a difference. It’s going to make a difference when we get guys in front of us and start lining up.”

Wallace means what he says. He was fine missing the first day of the spring sessions Monday to be with his family, instead choosing to show up for Day 2.

What he found in his return to Miami: A whole new offense, one that he believes is better suited to his strengths.

“My style: Big-play offense,” Wallace said, referring to first-year coordinator Bill Lazor’s new system. “I see Ryan’s excited about it. He’s called me about eight, nine times.

“I just want to make some plays for my team,” Wallace continued. “Go out and make some plays for my team and have a much better year than last year. We can't have the kind of year we had last year. We need to be on the same page.”

Wallace had a career-high 73 catches last year, his first in Miami, but believes he left 15 to 20 touchdowns on the field because he and Tannehill could never figure out the deep ball.

“It’s a process,” said Joe Philbin, also appearing on the team-run radio program. “We feel like we’re going to see greater dividends this year.”

As for the new offense, there will be some wrinkles, but Philbin downplayed just how different Lazor’s system will be to Mike Sherman’s.

“When you cut down to it, we’re going to throw routes with three-step drops, five-step drops and seven-step drops,” Philbin said. “There will be in-breaking routes, out-breaking routes, double moves.

“While some of the terminology will be different, a lot of the core fundamentals of quarterback play don’t change.”

• The NFL will announce the 2014 schedule Wednesday night. Aside from their division games, the Dolphins host the Chiefs, Chargers, Packers, Vikings and Ravens. Miami visits Denver, Chicago, Detroit and Jacksonville and will play Oakland in London on Sept. 28.
• The Dolphins have signed punter Matt Szymanski as an insurance policy to Brandon Fields, a 2013 Pro Bowl selection. Szymanski was waived by the Chiefs in late March after signing a reserves contract after the season.

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