DAVIE - Owner Steve Ross attends every Dolphins game in person, and usually gets the access most fans can only dream about.
Obviously, buying a franchise for $1.1 billion has its privileges. But there was something off, if not odd about Ross' demeanor following the Dolphins' 23-10 season-opening victory, which occurred on the road against the Cleveland Browns.
Ross was more sedated than usual, and uncharacteristically stayed inside the locker room well after Joe Philbin's post game speech with witness his team's demeanor following a victory that showed the franchise team addressed some issues from 2012, and highlighted others, some of which are new.
On Monday Ross called the Dolphins defense "awesome," referring to the unit's stellar performance against the Browns, which converted just 1-of-14 third downs.
He singled out receiver Brian Hartline for his nine catch, 114 yard performance, and insinuated that Hartline's success should open the field up for Mike Wallace as the season progresses.
Ross praised the offense for the 10-play, 85-yard touchdown drive Ryan Tannehill led the team on early in the fourth quarter, which provided a 10-point lead with 6:48 left in the game.
But Ross did point out there are issues the Dolphins must address to keep the wins coming.
"We've got to get the running game going and then we'll be off and running," Ross said.
The pun was intended.
Starting tailback Lamar Miller gained just three yards on his 10 carries before leaving the game with a hamstring injury.
And Daniel Thomas wasn't much better, gaining 14 yards on his eight carries, one of which was for a 1-yard touchdown.
Ross clearly knows his organization has work to do if they intend to the produce the winning season he's requested.
The offensive line didn't open up many running lanes, and Miami's struggles running the football and possibly forced the team to abandon any play action plays.
This needs to change because the Dolphins offense can't remain one dimensional for much longer, especially against better opponents like the four teams - Indianaplis, Atlanta, New Orleans and Baltimore - Miami faces in the next four weeks.
"Our offense has to play better," center Mike Pouncey said. "We've got to play a lot better because rushing for 20 yards isn't acceptable."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun