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Running back dilemma in Miami gets interesting

Posted on: April 9, 2011 2:55 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

Virtually every mock draft you come across has the Miami Dolphins using their first-round pick (15th overall) on Alabama running back Mark Ingram. Perhaps the Dolphins will indeed draft the ’09 Heisman Trophy winner.

But ask yourself…why? Why dM. Ingram (US Presswire)raft a high volume runner who will move the chains but do little to boost the explosiveness of what has become a painfully methodical offense?

Free agent Ronnie Brown is still an adequate NFL starting running back. But given that he turns 30 in December and averaged just 3.7 yards per carry last season (opposing defenses figured out how to stop the Wildcat), it would be unwise to sign him to a long-term deal. Ricky Williams, also a free agent, is even older and has already indicated that he’d like to move on.

But if you’re the Dolphins and you draft Ingram, you run the risk of essentially drafting a younger version of Brown or Williams. Miami found out last season that a power run game is not dynamic enough to headline an entire offensive attack.

What the Dolphins need in the backfield is speed. Owner Stephen Ross has said he wants the team to become more spread out and downfield oriented. It’s not great for a business-minded owner (read: non-football expert) to influence strategy, but it so happens that a more dynamic aerial approach is something the Dolphins do need. Chad Henne was surprisingly successful in spread formations last season. Where he struggled was in base personnel packages (think two-back or two-tight end sets).

If the Dolphins draft Ingram in Round 1, they should strongly consider drafting a speed-oriented runner in Round 2. Back-to-back picks on one position is a hefty investment, but this team has surprisingly few major needs.

Someone like Oregon State’s Jacquizz Rodgers, for example, would give Dolphins new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll a much wider scope of play-calling options. Simply plugging in a one-dimensional runner like Ingram would be like buying new furniture when what you really need to do is remodel your house.

The Dolphins may realize this. There are rumors that they’re interested in Panthers free agent running back DeAngelo Williams. In fact, in an interview on WQAM, Williams himself suggested that the interest is mutual. Williams could provide the dynamic speed and quickness necessary to complement Ingram.

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:08 am

Running back dilemma in Miami gets interesting

Exceptional distribute. Simply put i really trust that which you have prep ared.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: April 10, 2011 3:43 pm

Running back dilemma in Miami gets interesting

Draft a RB in Round 2 sounds all great and wonderful; However, it is my understanding that we do not have a 2nd round pick with the accquisition of Brandon Marshall...that pick went to Denver...Unless we can trade down a couple spots still get Ingram and pick up a 2nd round pick that way.
I do agree that we need to draft pieces that will make our offense more explosive and give Marshall a compliment that will draw the double team away from him so that he can be the playmaker we all know he can be....That is also assuming that Henne can get him the ball.

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: April 10, 2011 2:34 pm

Running back dilemma in Miami gets interesting

Just draft a RB in the 2nd. Duh, problem solved. DeAngelo Williams is good too.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: April 10, 2011 11:09 am

Running back dilemma in Miami gets interesting

It would have been great to see what Ricky Williams would have been like if we was not a little bit crazy.

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