CLEVELAND - Dolphins fans thinking the offense held back in the preseason were in for a disappointing wake up call on Sunday.
During the first half of the season-opener against the Cleveland Browns the Dolphins offense appeared limp, lackluster, lethargic. They struggled, LIKE USUAL.
Ryan Tannehill completed 12 of 18 passes for 98 yards, but he threw one interception.
More disturbing was the fact new receiver Mike Wallace, the offense's new $60 million weapon, wasn't targeted once.
Even more troubling than Wallace's lack of involvement was how ineffective the rushing attack was against the Browns.
The Dolphins gained 7-yards on 11 carries. And the problem wasn't just on the tailbacks because there were no running lanes available.
John Jerry, Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin all gave up first half sacks, compromising Tannehill's pocket.
Those are all the warts of the first half, which the Dolphins trail 7-6 following a 7-yard Jordan Cameron touchdown in the final minute of the second-quarter, which was a drive assisted by penalties.
On the flip-side, the Dolphins defense looks pretty stout in the first half.
The secondary has recovered three interceptions, and the defensive front contained Trent Richardson after his impressive first drive, which featured a 5.2 yards per carry average.
However, the defense is going to need the offense to come alive to win this road game because there's no chance Miami wins games regularly without scoring at least 21 points a game.
We'll see how offensive coordinator Mike Sherman gets his unit to adjust in the second half. But so far it has been the same old story for the Dolphins....stingy defense and limp offense.
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