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Miami Dolphins
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  Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace expressed frustration over the offense Tuesday, and on Wednesday, coach Joe Philbin and quarterback Ryan Tannehill backed up the team's leader in receptions (32), receiving yards (418) and touchdowns (five).

This is how the Dolphins (4-3) enter Sunday's game against visiting San Diego (5-3). They are a frustrated offense despite being 12th in scoring (24.9 points per game) and sixth in rushing yards per game (138.0).

The problem is the Dolphins are 25th in passing yards per game at 217.

Philbin, as is his policy, wasn't specific on whether he talked to Wallace about his frustration.

"Any conversation I would have would be private," Philbin said, "but I think he echoed a lot of things we said. We want to be better. We want to be more explosive. We want to score more points. We're here to build something special offensively. We are not there yet. We have a lot of work to do."

Tannehill seemed unmoved by Wallace's frustration.

"We're frustrated at this point," he said. "I think, not just Mike, not just me, not just the offensive line, the whole offense is frustrated with the way that we played."

The offense had 326 yards in last week's 27-13 victory over Jacksonville. But the defense accounted for 14 points by returning interceptions for touchdowns.

"We didn't do nothing," Wallace said of the offense. "We've got to get better."

The Dolphins' offense has been has gotten off to notoriously slow starts this season. They're 26th in the NFL at first-quarter points per game (2.9).

"We've got to make more plays," he said. "We're not making enough plays."

The Dolphins have trailed at halftime in four of their seven games, another source of frustration for Wallace.

"We're not going to get nowhere like that," he said. "We've seen it too many times. We've got to change it."



SERIES HISTORY: 26th regular-season meeting. Dolphins lead series, 13-12. Miami won the last meeting, 20-16, in 2013. Yes, the 1982 AFC Divisional Playoff game, the one in which Chargers tight end Kellen Winslow walks off the field, completely exhausted, wet towel over his head, with the help of teammates, is famous. But Miami's victory last season was a lifesaver. It came amid the early stages of the bullying scandal and right after the Dolphins lost to winless Tampa Bay.


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