DEEP THOUGHTS ON OFFENSE

Through the first four games of the season, the Dolphins' two biggest plays on offense have been produced by Ricky Williams. That's probably not what the Dolphins had in mind.

Williams was supposed to be used to pound the opposition into submission, the way he did against the New York Jets.

His presence also was supposed to open things up for the Dolphins to be able to hit some big plays, most notably to Chris Chambers.

But in the first month of the season, the Dolphins' longest pass to wide receiver was a 38-yard connection between Jay Fiedler and Chris Chambers.

The Dolphins have tried to go deep on a few occasions this season, but have misfired.

"We'd like to make some more big plays," Fiedler said. "It's something we feel we can have a lot of success at with the type of talent we have on the outside. It's a matter of making the calls at the right time and executing. We certainly have plenty of plays in there to exploit it. Last week we felt we had some chances; we just missed out on them."

Not only did the Dolphins fail to make any deep connections against Kansas City, they compounded the problem by turning the ball over.

Fiedler had done an excellent job at avoiding turnovers this season until he was picked off four times by the Chiefs. Part of the problem was Fiedler trying to force some things with the Dolphins playing catch-up.

But that's not how the Dolphins are going to be successful.

"Sunday we had to press," said wide receiver Oronde Gadsden, whose longest reception this year has been 23 yards. "It was close. As a credit to the defense, we haven't been in that situation too many times. We had to press a little bit earlier than we want to."

For Fiedler to be at his most effective, he clearly can't press. Not this Sunday. Not next week. Not ever.

For his sake — and that the Dolphins — let's hope last Sunday was just an aberration. There's reason to think it might have been because he had only thrown one pick in the first three games.

"We did some good things (against Kansas City), but we also made a lot of mistakes," Fiedler said. "It doesn't matter whose fault it was, we can't have that."


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