But what about analysis through an historical context?
Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese was a part of a Dolphins team that made a move for a deep threat who, on paper, is a potential doppelganger to the Wallace signing.
Griese recently joined The Finsiders and compared the potential impact of the Wallace acquisition to that of the famous 1970 trade for Paul Warfield.
“When they announced that Paul Warfield, this All-Pro wide receiver from the Cleveland Browns, was coming to the Dolphins, there was just a big grin on my face,” said Griese, whose yards per attempt increase by 1.5 yards from 1969 to 1970.
“…I was so excited. I look at this as almost similar to that. Mike Wallace is not what Warfield was at that point as far as accomplishments and all that is concerned. But he is certainly a big-time wide receiver that’s going to draw a lot of attention from the other team’s defense and at least open things up for the other guys, if not catch some balls and make some big plays for the Dolphins in his own way.”
With more options at his disposal, Ryan Tannehill’s responsibilities will likely be a little different in year two. Now, Griese said, he can go to the line of scrimmage and make some pre-snap adjustments, finding favorable matchups right away. If Wallace, Brian Hartline, Davone Bess and Brandon Gibson are all covered up, there should be another new wrinkle in the Dolphins passing game, as well.
“I’m going to get my tight end down the middle,” said Griese, noting the potential impact of Dustin Keller. “If you’re going to leave him one on one, I’ve got a tight end now that I can get downfield and get the ball to. It just opens a lot in the passing game.”
Through the first week of free agency, there was a clear focus on bolstering a passing attack that averaged 198.9 yards per game the league, which ranked 27th in 2012. So it makes sense that the Dolphins would add a few receivers and a pass-catching tight end, but was it at the expense of a running game that had its moments? After all, the Dolphins did not retain Jake Long, Reggie Bush and Anthony Fasano in free agency.
If it looks like there’s an imbalance now, Griese said, just wait — the player acquisition period continues into training camp.
“We’re not finished yet,” Griese said. “But, offensively, as a quarterback, I’m liking what I’m seeing.”
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