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Miami Dolphins bemoan missed chances in opener despite 33 points

The Dolphins’ 33 points Sunday were their most in a home game against New England in 20 years. But offensive coordinator Bill Lazor wasn’t remotely satisfied.

“My No. 1 feeling is that we better get better fast, particularly in the passing game,” Lazor said Monday when asked about quarterback Ryan Tannehill. “There were a lot of plays that we should have made and didn’t make.

“Some might have been the throw or the decision. Some were the drop. We are going to have to be better to win tighter games. We are going to have to be more productive in the passing game when the plays are there. It’s going to be a real clear message that we’ve got to get better.”

Lazor was bemoaning several passing plays that could have gone for touchdowns but did not — two to Mike Wallace, another to Dion Sims that was dropped and another to Charles Clay that was overthrown in the corner of the end zone.

Lazor also saw room for improvement with his offensive line, even though the Dolphins yielded only one sack (which wasn’t the line’s fault) and helped create holes on a day the Dolphins churned out 191 yards on the ground.

“We had too many hits on the quarterback,” he said. “A lot of it was mistakes that we didn’t expect to have happen. So I can’t quite say we’ve arrived, but the production in the run game made a big difference. I feel like, for the first game, they did enough positive for us to feel like we are going to keep getting better.”


Although Lamar Miller started the game, Knowshon Moreno played more snaps, 48 to 27. Moreno ran for 134 yards on 24 carries (5.6), Miller 59 on 11 (5.4 average).

Lazor said he did not even think about who should be the starter until a team official mentioned to him Monday that reporters might ask him about it during his one weekly availability.

“The question about who takes the first snap, now it’s on my mind, but I hadn’t considered it really yet,” he said. “I expect them both to contribute. There might be days [where] sometimes they may rotate by series, and sometimes they may rotate by play.

“Some of it is going to be the flow of the game. If a guy, if it’s his turn to play and he runs for three first downs in a row, he’s going to get to play more.”

Lazor said Miller’s self-esteem would play no factor in the decision about the starter: “I’m hoping that we’ve built a culture where … they understand that it’s a production kind of a business. I’m not worried about anybody’s ego.”

• Lazor on Miller: “I’m expecting big things from him. When you have a guy that can make big plays in space and also shows the willingness and ability to put his shoulder down and get the tough yards, I think you have a chance to have a complete back.”

• The Dolphins mixed in some no-huddle offense Sunday, and Lazor said he wants the Dolphins to play at a faster pace when they do huddle.

“I think we’ve got a ways to go,” Lazor said of breaking the huddle more quickly. “I don’t know if that’s conditioning or just mental conditioning of reminding them, ‘Hey, we’re trying to get something accomplished and have a certain identity.’…

“When we decided to go no-huddle, we feel pretty good about it being the right time. Some weeks we may decide to do it more than others. Our players like it.”

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