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Miami Dolphins Offense must get Quicker, Better

When the Miami Dolphins installed Bill Lazor from Philadelphia as Offensive Coordinator, it was hoped the offense would be transformed into the type of high-tempo offense Chip Kelly plays with the Eagles. So far, that hasn’t happened.

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So far during preseason, the plans for a high-tempo offense haven't materialized, despite the hiring of former Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor.

Head coach Joe Philbin is very much aware of this when he spoke to the Miami Herald on Monday.

"(Bill Lazor and I) talked on the sidelines a couple times (on Saturday) that we thought we could have been pushing the pace a little faster. It's something that has to get a little quicker."

Of course, with any new offense, it takes time to adjust.  Tweaks have to be made, and players have to learn the new playbook and understand what is expected of them. And, most crucially, all of the above needs to be learned within the space of a few months.

On Monday Mike Wallace explained the growing pains this offense is experiencing at the moment.

You feel like you're going fast, and then you realize you aren't going that fast, and by that time, it's time to come out.  We will play faster once the season starts, when we have a concrete game plan. We will definitely be playing faster in a week and a half."

Miami's offense haven't been terrible; they've won two games and lost one.  But things need to improve considerably if they are going to stand a fighting chance against the New England Patriots in week 1 of the regular season.  Against the Dallas Cowboys, the team scored just three points in six possessions, against a defense that isn't supposed to be brilliant, to put it bluntly.

Time will tell, but if Miami are to have a successful season and reach the playoffs, the players need to be on the same wavelength come Sunday, September 7th.

Alex Parish is an Associate Editor at The Phinsider. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @AlexParish89.