Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores left the door open for major offensive changes in his comments following the previously winless 27-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon.
On Monday, Flores tempered any Dolphins fans’ expectations of what those adjustments might be.
“I don’t expect big changes,” Flores said on a web conference with reporters after a second straight loss where the Dolphins’ offense was unfit for three and a half quarters. “We are still going through the evaluation process, making the corrections from [Sunday], but don’t expect major changes.
This includes all changes to the game appeal process.
“I like the system we have in place,” said Flores. “Obviously, we haven’t had the success we want or the production we are looking for. I like the process during the week. I like our preparation. We have good plans. We just haven’t been able to execute them.
As it stands, the Dolphins have their offensive co-coordinators, George Godsey and Eric Studesville. Flores described the dynamic between them and quarterbacks coach Charlie Frye as a “collaborative” effort.
Frye is the last voice to communicate with the quarterback. Many have speculated that he was the one to actually call off the offensive plays in something Miami has tried to remain a mystery, but Flores has revealed a bit more about the dynamic and why Frye is relaying the call to the quarterback.
“Charlie gets the call, gives it to the quarterback, and we do it so he can give his last ‘watch this, watch that’ on a play,” Flores said. “There is collaboration. He takes the call, gives it to the quarterback.
While there are no changes with the coordinators or the play-call process, it looks like everything else is on the table for Flores – and not just in attack.
“I think we always evaluate everything – attack, defense, special teams,” he said. “Our operation, the way we practice, has to be better. Basically we have to do everything better, so we keep evaluating some things. “
The prospect of a possible return of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa could give hope that offense will improve when that happens, but the sooner he is eligible to be activated out of the injured reserve is before the game. of Week 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.
Miami has yet to spend Week 5 with Jacoby Brissett as quarterback. Brissett was unable to score against the Buffalo Bills when he relieved Tagovailoa for the first time in the first quarter of the 35-0 Week 2 loss and was unable to strike passes into the field until the Dolphins made late return attempts in his two starts, losing to the Las Vegas Raiders and Indianapolis Colts.
“There were definitely some missed opportunities on some downstream shots, and we were able to take advantage of that,” said Flores, indicating that Brissett ticked off a few shots under options in situations where a receiver was open downstream. “That’s really what it boils down to. We had a few open guys. We missed these opportunities. We need to perform better.
“Right now we’re pushing him down the field late in the game because we have to, because we have to force him back into the game and we are successful there. We have to do a better job earlier in the game to find ways to make explosive games, and as opportunities arise we have to try to take advantage of them, which we haven’t done. . We will continue to train him and try to create situations where we can do that.
The Dolphins ‘passing game in the Dolphins’ field was also struck by the fact that wide receiver Will Fuller has missed more time now with a hand injury which is a broken finger. Fuller missed Week 1 with a Week 2 suspension for personal reasons, played in Week 3 in Las Vegas, suffered chest and elbow injuries in the week leading up to the loss of the Colts, then left Sunday’s game earlier with his new illness.
Miami also often drops too much pressure on the quarterback to allow for the development of deep road patterns. Left tackle Austin Jackson continues to struggle in pass protection, although he has shown run-blocking flashes, and the idea of moving him inside to guard was offered to Flores on Monday.
“We are evaluating what we see on the offensive line, on the defensive line, really at all levels,” said Flores. “We’re really going to take a close look at everything we do, and that includes the offensive line. We’ve had to make changes due to injuries or performance this year, and we’ll continue to assess it, and if we feel like we need to make a change, we will. “
The Dolphins’ offensive line is under starting center Michael Deiter, who is on the injured reserve. Greg Mancz, a pre-season commercial acquisition kicked off in his place on Sunday. The Dolphins on Monday reportedly signed veteran center Austin Reiter from the New Orleans Saints practice squad. He started 28 games with the Kansas City Chiefs over the past two seasons.