I think we can safely say that at times last year our offense was plain and predictable. We called the safe play a lot. Not the Dan Henning safe play, but our play calling lacked what many would describe as creative and innovative. That can be attributed to a number of issues from rookie quarterback, bad game planning, not enough play makers, to Sherman sucking as an offensive coordinator. It might be a little bit of all of these. So what did we do over the past 5 months. A complete overhaul.
Our wide receiving corps 2 of the top 3 receivers replaced. We have replaced our number 1 TE and we have replaced our number 1 running back. Not only have the players been replaced, but so have their skill sets. We have gotten more athletic, faster, and hopefully more impactful.
We have a QB who has a year under his belt and who should be allowed to make more decisions and use his athleticism within the game. As we saw more options towards the end of the year, I think we will see that, but in a more limited fashion. I think that Philbin and Sherman appreciate Tannehill's athleticism and speed, but don't want to risk injury. I think Tannhill has showed great poise in the pocket, and while it will remain an option in the offense, it won't be used 5-7 times a gain. I would expect it to be 2-3 every other game.
I think we will see Miami be more creative with it's formations, motions, and utilization of players that we haven't used heavily before. Miller on bubble screens. Wallace on bubble screens? We didn't use the screen very often in the past and I think we will see a lot more timing plays and across the middle routes. We have picked up players who will not shy away from the hit like Bess and Hartline did last year.
I think this offseason has given Sherman some new toys to be creative with and hopefully he takes his toys and plays with them.