DAVIE–The Dolphins‘ offense is actually on the upswing lately. Jay Cutler has had a decent run in his last four games, and the team has put up 27 points or more in three of the last four games (Baltimore was a disaster).
The problem, though, is that Miami’s defense has trended downward during that stretch. If both sides can get in sync, that’s the biggest reason for optimism as the Dolphins navigate the back half of their schedule. With a home game coming up against Tampa Bay on Sunday, here are offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen’s thoughts:
–Running back Kenyan Drake has long runs in each of his first two games since the Dolphins traded Jay Ajayi. “It’s no surprise,” Christensen said. “He probably has the highest touch-to-big-play ratio on the offense since he’s been here.”
–Christensen said they don’t intend to “change the formula” when it comes to carries for Drake and Damien Williams. In the two games post-Ajayi, they each have 16 carries. Drake has 151 yards and a touchdown; Williams has 33 yards and no scores.
–Utility offensive lineman Jesse Davis played well starting at right tackle in Ja’Wuan James’ spot, according to Christensen. It was a big plus that he didn’t allow any sacks.
–The Dolphins want to get DeVante Parker back to how “hungry” he was coming out of training camp. Christensen still believes he can be a monster this season, and the biggest problem for him has been his ankle injury. “He can still make this into a heck of a season,” Christensen said.
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