Six points are a lot in some sports but in football it is a big problem. The Miami Dolphins had fears of offensive problems and it became clear in their third preseason game. Has the time come to sell out for someone like Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs?
Ryan Tannehill facing no-win scenario with Dolphins offense
Miami had two reliable weapons on offense when the offseason began. The first was 1,000-yard rusher Reggie Bush. The other was large pass catcher Brandon Marshall. A huge trade later the Dolphins are down to one and Bush hasn't done the team any favors so far in the preseason. Among the biggest to suffer from it is new starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. His receivers struggle to get open because they lack speed and size. The tight ends haven't picked up the offense of head coach Joe Philbin. Worst of all the offensive line hasn't opened many lanes for the running backs. It is a bad formula for a team hoping to turn the corner with their solid defense and new quarterback. Three preseason games into the season though and the offense has more turnovers than touchdowns. A big reason is not having a main receiver. Unless those on the roster make a sudden turnaround the Dolphins may have to pay up for help. The question is where can they find it?
Bowe puts NFL connection with Matt Cassel in jeopardy
Everyone would likely point to Pittsburgh Steelers holdout Mike Wallace as the best chance Miami has at getting a true Pro Bowl receiver. Some forget the Kansas City Chiefs have problems of their own with Dwayne Bowe. The big-bodied receiver who caught 20 touchdowns over the last two seasons enters the coming year under the team franchise tag. That was why he staged a long holdout of training camp and only saw his first game action in the third preseason game. While he may have won some battles with the front office by sitting out, he may have lost the war. In his absence second-year receiver Jonathan Baldwin has gained the trust of coaches and more importantly quarterback Matt Cassel. Unless Bowe can step in quickly and remind people why he is the best on the team he could risk hitting free agency without an extension. Perhaps the Dolphins can sweeten the pot by offering an NFL trade deal. That way the Chiefs don't have to pay Bowe and get something back in return for him leaving. Miami then has their wide receiver and Bowe actually ends up in a city he wanted to play for in the first place.
The Miami Dolphins wish they could bring back Dan Marino but must move forward with Ryan Tannehill. Part of making it work means getting him help at receiver. If an NFL trade is what it takes then Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs is as good a target as any.