Miami's offense won't miss a beat with Lucas

Don't expect the Dolphins to change their offensive approach because Ray Lucas will be at quarterback against the Bills instead of Jay Fiedler.


"We won't have to change anything," Miami head coach Dave Wannstedt said Wednesday. "He can do all the things we have to do in our offense. When Jay had hip surgery in July, Ray took almost all the snaps in our first two weeks of two-a-days and our first two preseason games. So I wouldn't see anything drastically different."

Wannstedt also said the differences between Fiedler, out because of a broken right thumb, and Lucas are more perception than reality.

"Jay Fiedler is probably as good an athlete as Ray Lucas."

Nor should Lucas' lower level of NFL game experience (nine starts as opposed to 38 for Fiedler) be a problem. Said Wannstedt, "He's played good in the preseason, and he won some games up there with the Jets. He's not some rookie."

A bigger issue for the Fish could be at wide receiver, where Chris Chambers (concussion) and Oronde Gadsden (wrist injury) both are listed as questionable for Sunday's game and missed practice Wednesday.

But even if they can't play, that impact could be minimized by changes in the way Miami's offense is structured under new offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

"The biggest change," Wannstedt said, "is in our passing game. We're using more tight ends and the fullback. Everybody's involved in it."

Rookie tight end Randy McMichael leads the team with 292 yards and three touchdowns receiving, and is second to Chambers with 21 catches. Ricky Williams, in addition to ranking third in the NFL with 614 rushing yards, is tied with Gadsden for third among the Fish with 16 catches, and is followed by backs Rob Konrad (14 receptions) and Robert Edwards (12).

So while the focus is on the Bills' offense, averaging 32.3 points per game, don't overlook the Dolphins, who are averaging 30 per contest.


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