Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dolphins aren't sure Miller is the answer at tailback


The Miami Dolphins didn't come close to having a 1,000-yard rusher in 2013, so they're still looking for one.

Despite shaky output from their offensive line, which fought off a few fits of turmoil throughout the year, the Dolphins weren't impressive in the offensive backfield. The organization was hoping Lamar Miller would take the reins this past fall and establish himself as a true No. 1 tailback, but he didn't.

Miller rushed for a run-of-the-mill 4 yards a carry and didn't even amass half of the 1,500-yard total he predicted prior to the season.

According to Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins may bring in some competition for Miller and fellow back Daniel Thomas, whether it's via free agency or in the draft.

"There is a feeling within the organization that Miller is not the answer at running back," Abramson wrote, adding that Thomas certainly isn't in the running for future top back duties.

Miami tallied just eight rushes of 20 yards or more all season, ranking in the bottom third in the league in that category. The Dolphins are certainly looking for more explosiveness than that out of the backfield in order to provide proper balance with who they hope is the franchise quarterback in Ryan Tannehill.

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