Posted September 08, 2013

Mike Wallace unhappy with role in Dolphins’ win: ‘Ask coach’ about game plan

Mike Wallace was unhappy with his role in the Dolphins' offense on Sunday. ( Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Mike Wallace was unhappy with his role in the Dolphins’ offense on Sunday. ( Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins started off the season with a strong, 23-10 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. But their star offseason addition, wide receiver Mike Wallace, wasn’t thrilled about how he fit in with his new team.

Wallace, who signed a five-year, $60 million contract quickly into free agency, had only one catch for 15 yards on Sunday.

After the game, he seemed upset when approached by The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero:

Can I walk with you, I asked?

“I don’t feel like talking,” Wallace grumbled.

Can you talk about the game?

“I don’t want to talk,” he answered.

Another reporter joined us and asked, “Can you talk about the game plan?”

“I don’t feel like talking about it. Ask coach.”

It’s difficult to read too much into one game, but the fact that Wallace was unhappy with the game plan does not seem to bode well for the Dolphins’ investment in him. After all, he admitted last year that sometimes he loses focus when he doesn’t feel involved with the offense.

“I’ve never been a guy who dropped balls or just lose focus,” Wallace told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review last December. “The first three years I was always involved, so you just warmed up in games, and you were just into it.

“But when you don’t get the ball for two-and-half quarters, you lose focus. But that’s the type of offense this is. We’re spreading it around, so you’re not going to get as many targets. When you get them, you have to make the best of them.”