Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/10/13
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was forced to deal with two unpleasant issues on Monday — Mike Wallace’s postgame unhappiness and Randy Starks’ obscene gesture — while addressing a more worrisome problem: the lack of a running game in Sunday’s victory against Cleveland. Wallace refused to speak after the game leaving the impression he was upset about being targeted just five times and finishing with one catch for 15 yards. Wallace tried to diffuse the situation Monday. “I was mad at myself because I didn’t have a good game” Wallace said. “Our quarterback made good reads. I was upset with myself. It wasn’t really anything else having to do with anything. “I’m always happy when we win. But from a personal standpoint when you don’t do well you’re upset. If you’re not upset you don’t need to be on the team. I want to be a great player and I want to make plays. That’s the only reason I’m here.” But team sources believe he was upset about not getting more passes thrown to him. “Everyone understands his frustration” receiver Brandon Gibson said. “You have to swallow your pride and continue to go about it.” Wallace said he spoke to Philbin on Monday and “we had a good conversation. It was productive. We’re ready to move on. I’m good.” Philbin declined to specifically discuss Wallace’s reaction beyond saying: “I want every player to want to make an impact.” Philbin said there were a couple of additional times “we could have gone to him” but generally didn’t have an issue with Wallace’s involvement in the offense. “We don’t have plays where we throw the ball to a certain jersey number just to do it” Philbin said. “We throw it to the people who are open. Overall our decision-making was good.” Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said he “could have done a better job” getting Wallace the ball and spoke with him on Monday.
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