Wow. Many surprises in Wk 1. @SBNation: on your team, who is now facing the pressure to perform? ... http://t.co/fez0V7D33a— Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) September 10, 2014
As happened last week, Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk has asked SB Nation who is under the most pressure to perform this week. Who fits that bill for the Miami Dolphins as they face the Buffalo Bills tomorrow?
It is another good question from Faulk, who asked last week who would be the Dolphins' most consistent player in 2014. The Dolphins are coming off a great win over the New England Patriots and have seemed very loose all week. There is of course pressure to back up a great win, as well as beat a team that swept them in two contests last season, but who is under the most pressure?
Head coach Joe Philbin may be the right answer, with the team looking to show it really is the team that won the Patriots game, and not the team that lost the last two games of the 2013 season while only scoring seven points. The Dolphins appeared to have a great game plan against the Patriots, with Philbin, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle all taking it to the top team in the division, and not taking their foot off the accelerator until the final whistle. That kind of coaching will be required this week, and throughout the year, if Miami will succeed.
However, I feel as though Faulk is more concerned with the pressure on the players on the field. To give him an answer that fits that idea, it really could come down to who is playing. If an injured Philip Wheeler is able to get back on the field, the pressure may be squarely on his shoulders, proving that he deserves to be the starting weak side linebacker over Jelani Jenkins, Jonathan Freeny, or Chris McCain.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill might be under the most pressure, as he looks to prove that he is the franchise quarterback for the Dolphins. He looked rusty in the first half last week, with throws high and behind receivers way too often. In the second half, Tannehill looked a little more comfortable, and that has to continue into this game.
My answer for Faulk, however, is wide receiver Mike Wallace. The Dolphins top paid wide receiver showed some attitude in the second half of last week's game, running hard with the ball in his hands and actually battling for the ball on the 14-yard touchdown pass. The connection between Wallace and Tannehill is still off on the deep ball, but Wallace is starting to show that he can be more than a one-trick, fly-route running wide receiver. He has to keep that up.
Who do you think it under the most pressure for the Dolphins?
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