With new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor at the helm the Dolphins have seemed to at least at times to be a more balanced offense, leaning more heavily on the run this season. The Dolphins of course signed Knowshon Moreno in the off-season. Knowshon got off to a great start rushing for 134 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown in his first game of the season against the New England Patriots. Unfortunately for him and the team he went down in game two after only a single carry. He returned in week 6 only to be sent to the bench again after a single carry and then relegated to IR for the remainder of the season.
Next up was the Dolphins third year player Lamar Miller. Miller is having the best season of his career posting 782 yards on 162 attempts for a 4.8 yard average and 6 touchdowns on the ground through 13 games. Miller has seemingly stepped up his game and many fans speculated that it's a direct result of watching Moreno tear it up first hand. Additionally, despite Millers breakout season many Dolphin faithful still openly hope for Moreno to return to the Phins in 2015 despite no one knowing how he will return from his torn ACL that ended his 2014 campaign.
So the question is, in 2015 do we roll with what we have with Miller as our lead back, resign Moreno to another one year contract with hopes that he comes back 100% and shows us again what he showed in only a single game or go in a completely different direction? So what are the other choices? Well there are a slew of free agent backs as always and there is always the draft route. Also not listed in the spread sheets below is the possibility that Adrian Peterson will be a free agent. Long before AP got in to his legal mess there were rumors that the Vikings were looking for a way to get out of the bad contract they had signed AP to thus holding a bad team back from filling other more glaring needs on the team.
Another twist to the AP saga that must be considered is the unpredictable but always fun Jerry Jones of the Arlington Cowgirls. Conventional wisdom would be that if you have a back like Murray, who is destroying the field stat wise in 2014, you re-sign him at all costs. Well Jerry and the Cowboys are said to have one priority in the off-season and that is resigning Dez Bryant. For any fans out there that have sights on Dez as a free agent, you have a better chance of Marino returning to his 1984 form then him getting away from Dallas. The Cowboys are also said to have not decided what to do with Murray. What? I know it makes zero sense to me as well but Jerry, being Jerry has a huge man crush on the aforementioned AP.
If AP is set free expect the Cowboys to be the first team to give him a call. Jerry's infatuation with AP is bad enough that during the last off-season Jerry committed one of the most blatant cases of tampering ever when he phoned Peterson and let him know that when he is free of the Vikings that Jerry would love to have him come play for the Cowboys. Sure, you are all sitting there reading this thinking there is no way that any owner opts for a back, no matter how great, who is about to turn 30, coming off a scandal that saw him suspended for most of a season and has more wear and tear over a back that is shredding the league currently stats wise and will only be 27 next season. Well this is Jerry Jones, the same man that gave Tony Romo, another of his man crushes, more money than most will ever seen in 10 lifetimes despite having a back that has had multiple surgeries and is always week to week.
With all that in mind who do you think will be the Miami Dolphins starting running back in 2015?
FREE AGENT BACKS IN 2015
|Top FA Backs 2015||Current Team||Age||RFA|
|Mark Ingram||New Orleans||26|
|Ryan Mathews||San Diego||28|
|Frank Gore||San Francisco||32|
|Other FA Backs 2015||Current Team||Age||RFA|
|Benjarvus Greene Ellis||Cincinnati||30|
|Joe McKnight||Kansas City||27|
|Brandon Bolden||New England||25||X|
|Stevan Ridley||New England||26|
|Shane Vereen||New England||26|
|Travaris Cadet||New Orleans||26||X|
|Brian Leonard||New Orleans||31|
|Bilal Powell||New York Jets||27|
|Ronnie Brown||San Diego||34|
|Alfonso Smith||San Francisco||27|
|Bobby Rainey||Tampa Bay||28||X|
TOP RUNNING BACKS IN 2015 DRAFT CLASS
|Duke Johnson||2||Miami (Fla.)||Jr||5-9||206|
|Mike Davis||2-3||South Carolina||Jr||5-9||223|
|Jay Ajayi||2-3||Boise State||Jr||6-0||216|
|Javorius Allen||2-3||S. California||Jr||6-1||220|
|Jeremy Langford||4||Michigan State||Sr||6-0||205|
|David Johnson||4-5||Northern Iowa||Sr||6-2||229|
|Karlos Williams||5||Florida State||Sr||6-1||225|
Tip O' the hate to the judging bunny.