DAVIE–The Dolphins‘ offense has had some rough games this year, but none worse than the 40-0 debacle in Baltimore last week.
That was quite a setback after the 20-17 win in Atlanta and 31-28 victory over the Jets, which had Miami thinking some of its offensive issues were improving. Heading into Sunday’s game against the Raiders, the Dolphins are optimistic in part because they get Jay Cutler and DeVante Parker back.
However, this will also be their first game without Jay Ajayi, who was traded to Philadelphia on Tuesday. Miami will turn to Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake in his absence.
With all those moving pieces, here are offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen’s thoughts:
–Regarding the embarrassment on national TV against the Raiders, Christensen said he got hassled for wearing Dolphins gear while running on the Hollywood boardwalk. Someone yelled at him that he was moving as slowly as the team. “It isn’t fun being out on the street after you just got smacked around like we got smacked around,” he said.
–Regarding the transition in the running back room, Christensen said, “Sometimes a fresh start for somebody… you get a little burst from the change,” he said.
–Drake adds a speed element and receiving talent compared to Ajayi. “He’s a different style than Jay was,” Christensen said. “His speed is to be feared.”
–Williams would likely be the goal-line back.
–Christensen said there is slightly more versatility with Williams and Drake than they had with Ajayi, but neither of them is as “violent” of a runner as Ajayi.
–Left guard Ted Larsen has looked strong in practice so far. The Dolphins haven’t decided yet whether he’ll be available Sunday.
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