OFFENSE 101

Don't judge Norv Turner's offense by what you've seen in the preseason. As Bachman-Turner-Overdrive once sang, "You ain't seen nothin' yet."

Just talking to Dolphins players, you quickly get the sense that they're excited about what the offense can do.

The only real glimpse fans have seen of it came in Saturday night's preseason game against Houston. The Dolphins drove for touchdowns on each of their first two possessions.

"We have plays off of plays off of plays," said new left tackle Mark Dixon. "They had no idea what was coming. It's good to go out there and (the opponent) not know exactly what you're going to do."

The biggest differences between Turner's offense and the majority of the systems run around the league is that Turner's offense employs a lot of motion and a lot of shifting.

That's part of the reason why fullback Rob Konrad called it the most difficult offense he's had to learn in the NFL.

"I like the fact that there's a lot of movement involved, pre-snap movement," said Konrad, who figures to benefit greatly from the new offense, which involves the fullback in the passing game. "Talking to some guys in our defense, it keeps guys off guard a little bit, makes them think a lot more. There's a lot more to defend that in the past few years."

As Coach Dave Wannstedt pointed out during training camp, Turner's offense "has the whole gamut."

Dolphins players have done a lot of schoolwork since Turner was hired, and they're anxious to see it pay off.

"Anybody who can't thrive in this type of offense doesn't need to be playing professional football," said wide receiver Dedric Ward. "To an outsider, it might look complex, but once you're involved in it it's fairly simple."


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