Dolphins Taking Committee Approach at Running Back

Alain Poupart

The Miami Dolphins added veterans Jordan Howard in free agency and Matt Breida via trade in the offseason, but in the season opener it was 2019 seventh-round pick Myles Gaskin who was the biggest factor at the position.

And now, two days later, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey says the team actually doesn't have a feature back.

"I don't know that I could ever say that we're going to have at this point 'a guy,' " Gailey said. "I think we're going to let the guys try to do what they do best. ... There's a certain number of plays in the game. You can't get to them all in there at once. We're going to try to expand all of their role, but at the same time, there's only a certain number of plays for guys to get in. I think we'll look and see what fits each player the best and try to do that with them."

In the 21-11 loss against the New England Patriots in Week 1, Gaskin led the Dolphins with 44 rushing yards and tied for the team lead with four receptions.

More significantly, Gaskin played 39 snaps, compared to 14 for Breida, nine for Howard and four for second-year back Patrick Laird.

Howard was the starter, but Gailey said his playing time was affected by the lack of success when he was in the game after he rushed for 7 yards on eight carries.

"We actually didn't know how it was going to play out in the ballgame," Gailey said. "We have players who play certain packages for us. When the package that we were using Jordan for wasn't doing as well, it ended up lessening his play time. Myles went up because we were more in the spread offense and doing things that we had him in there for. We were trying to use all the packages and be spread fairly evenly if we could, but it just didn't work out that way by the end of the game."

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Alain Poupart
Alain Poupart

Editor

Howard is a good back, but not special, which was my whole point. The Dolphins can walk away from his contract next year and save $5 million against the cap. The Breida thing indeed was strange. As for Tua, he's not ready yet.

tcatch9er
tcatch9er

I totally agree with you on the Howard situation.. I mean for christs sake the guy has the fourth most rushing yards in the entire NFL since 2016. That's behind only Zeke, Gurley, and Henry... give him his touches and let him eat!! Dude does wear defenses down and that's exactly what the dolphins needed on Sunday!

tcatch9er
tcatch9er

I totally agree with the whole Jordan Howard situation. I mean the guy has the fourth most rushing yards since 2016 behind only Zeke, Gurley, and Henry.. give him his touches and let him eat for crying out loud! Or does he enjoy scoring only 11 points a game... just doesn't make sense what he's trying to do out there

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Alain Poupart
Alain Poupart

Editor

Biggest issue I have with the way they used Howard is he was on the field for nine plays and he had eight carries. Doesn't do much for disguising plays.

KimFitz
KimFitz

Sorry, but that sounds ridiculous! You have to let a guy like Howard get hot as he gets going! Not to mention, he is the type of back who wears out D's by the 4th Q. So, HUH?? what did you say Chan?? You said you spent 10 million on Howard and he isn't the feature back? If that was the case, you should have signed Alex Collins for a cool million!!
Seriously, we also gave up a 5th for the Cheetah only to have him watch our 7th rd draft pick from the bench! Hey...I'm all for Gaskin and Laird if that's the case, but do not give up 10 mil and a 5th for guys you dont fully believe in. Use the P-Squads for cheaper options if you're still searching for YOUR GUY(S)
I'm starting to think Ive been in denial regarding Grier's roster decisions - all the draft picks he keeps releasing/trading. Does he know how to build a successful roster? Also, it's looking more and more Flores' Def is set up to stop the pass and he hasnt paid enough attention to the run (hence letting Rae go etc) and where is our HOG MOLLY to stop the run. BTW, did you see JEFFREY SIMMONS performance? Man he is a BEAST.
Anyhow, hopefully we see Tua soon cuz whats the point of getting Fitzy hot just to put in Tua at some point? Just put in Tua and let him get hot as the season progresses - PLEASE
Man, Flores is so stubborn.


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