Lamar Smith hasn't been putting up big numbers lately, but Coach Dave Wannstedt isn't worried about his starting running back.<P>Opponents have concentrated their efforts on making sure Smith doesn't beat them, which has resulted in a 3.1-yard average for Smith.<P>

Last Sunday at Seattle, for example, Smith was held to 35 yards rushing on 21 carries, an average of 1.7 yards per carry.

It was the fourth time in six games this season that Smith had been held under 3 yards per carry.

In fact, the only two games where Smith has gotten loose have been the two played at Pro Player Stadium; Smith rushed for 92 yards and averaged 4.2 yards per carry against Oakland, and he gained 144 yards with a 5.0 average against New England.

When asked if he was asked concerned about Smith's production, Wannstedt replied: "No, not at all. After watching the tape (of theSeattle game), there really wasn't much there. These guys did a nice job. We didn't probably block them as well as what we thought we would have. They played better than what we thought. It was a combination of both.

"When that's happening, you have to have the capability of throwing the ball. They came in with the mindset that they were going to make Jay Fiedler beat us because we were not going to run the football."

The truth is Smith hasn't had any success at all since his second fumble against the Jets. And it's very obvious the Dolphins need him to be productive to be successful this season.

Here's the funny thing, though. Even though he hasn't broken loose this season, Smith still is on a pace to finish with 1,141 yards, which would top his 2000 total of 1,139 yards.

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