More problems than just a 5-6 record will be brewing for the Dolphins if their wide receivers and quarterbacks aren’t on the same page.
The Miami Dolphins are one of the teams amidst the wild card cluster in the AFC. At 5-6, they don’t look like a dangerous playoff team. But they have a chance to get into the dance, at the very least.
However, it’s hard to imagine this season ending on a good note for Miami if there is frustration between the players on this team.
Wide receiver Kenny Stills appears to be a bit irritated with how the Dolphins’ quarterbacks are throwing the ball. More specifically, he’s irritated that they aren’t targeting him as much as he believes they should, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
“I couldn’t tell you exactly why I’m not getting more targets,” Still said. “I can tell you I’m getting open. There are other guys open on plays, too, that aren’t getting hit.
“I can’t throw the ball to myself.”
Clearly, Stills isn’t convinced it’s just a matter of good defensive play. He isn’t on the same page with Miami’s quarterbacks.
Both Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler have spent time at quarterback this season. If you are a wide receiver, you haven’t won the lottery with either guy. In a league where quarterbacks are held to an extremely high standard, Tannehill is considered to be average, and Osweiler is considered to be poor.
Nonetheless, they have to be on the same page with their receivers. In his last five appearances, Stills has just six catches on 13 targets. In the first five games of the year, before Tannehill went down with an injury and was replaced by Osweiler, Stills was targeted 24 times.
Now that Tannehill is back, that could change, and the Dolphins better hope that it does. At this point, they are essentially fighting week-to-week to keep their season alive, but that won’t happen if they aren’t getting the most they can out of Stills.
Even more so, they won’t get much from Stills if he is fed up with how the quarterbacks are running this offense.