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Omar Kelly: Dolphins need offense to get into a rhythm to find team's identity

By Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Football

There is a certain rhythm that goes with an effective and efficient offense in football.

It is like a sophisticated Bachata, were a couple's hips are aligned to the beat of Latin music, or a popular line dance where everyone knows the predetermined moves and does them in unison to Country music.

Right now, heading into the third game of the season, after having less than two months to install a new offense, the Miami Dolphins appear to be off beat and stumbling all over themselves.

The Dolphins currently have no rhythm. Feet are getting stepped on figuratively, and as a result that side of the ball isn't playing fast.

Because of the truncated offseason the Dolphins haven't mastered the ins and outs of the plays and concepts Chan Gailey's installing enough for the playmakers to play fast, and until they do this team will continue to struggle establishing an offensive identity.

What Dolphins coach Brian Flores' team is trying to do is master a simple two step and find its groove, which hasn't been easy because the coaches are still learning about the capability of the team's weaponry and the players are still digesting the playbook.

 

But Gailey does seems convinced he's got all the pieces he needs to deliver something better than the NFL's 22nd best offense, which is where the Dolphins rank heading into Thursday night's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While plenty remains unsettled, the Dolphins do have a vision for what Miami's offense should resemble.

"It's supposed to be an offense that changes every week, an offense that tailors to our strengths," said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has the benefit of serving as a starter for three teams Gailey has been a play-caller for, going back to their time together with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

But Fitzpatrick does warn that expecting Miami's offense to look like Gailey's teams in Buffalo, which featured scatbacks as the offenses primary weapons, and his squads in New York, where receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker feasted, producing the NFL's 10th-best offense, are unrealistic.

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