DAVIE, Fla. In todays NFL, its tough to score in the red zone the area inside the opponents 20-yard line without some basic weapons.
Heres the checklist: a head-banging running back, a space-clearing tight end, a wide receiver who can go up and get the ball, a crafty quarterback who is proficient at throwing the fade or the back-shoulder pass, and an offensive line that can consistently protect that quarterback.
The Miami Dolphins havent shown any of those traits. Thats why they were 24th in the 32-team NFL in red zone touchdowns a year ago. Its also why they were 0-for-3 in red zone touchdowns in last weeks 30-10 loss at Houston.
Dont kid yourself. Miami is in crisis mode heading into Sundays home opener against Oakland. But dont try to tell that to shifty running back Reggie Bush.
We have the pieces to the puzzle, he said. Weve just got to put them together.
View that statement skeptically. Put more stock in veteran wide receiver Brian Hartline, who admitted just one game...