Peter King on M&M: ‘Lot of concern around Miami about their offense’
|10.25.13 at 1:30 pm ET|
Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni on Friday afternoon to talk about the Patriots’ matchup against the Dolphins on Sunday.
After a promising start, the Dolphins have lost three games in a row and head to Gillette Stadium with a 3-3 record.
“They’ve lost three in a row, and it isn’t just the fact they’ve lost, it’s the fact of how they’ve lost,” King said. “Especially because Ryan Tannehill, it’s been a tale of two seasons for him. If he doesn’t straighten out — there’s a lot of thought in Miami that he just isn’t right health-wise. He hasn’t looked like the quarterback in the last couple of weeks that he did early on.
“And they’ve been having some big protection issues. If you saw what Mario Williams did to him late in that game [when the Bills beat the Dolphins this past Sunday]. I think there’s a lot of concern around Miami about their offense.”
King expects the Dolphins to try to establish more of a ground game Sunday in Foxboro.
“They’re going to have to run it this week, because I just don’t see them being able to protect Tannehill,” King said. “You talk about what the Patriots are missing, but still, [the Dolphins] have not shown the ability in this season to block the best pass rushers. I think if you’re Rob Ninkovich, you’re looking at this team right now, if you’re Chandler Jones, you’re looking at this team and say, ‘Boy, people have been able to rush the passer.’ Mario Williams [had] two huge plays in the last seven minutes of the game last week.
“So, to me, I sort of look at them right now and say this is — it’s hard to say ‘must game’ or anything like that — but they’ve got to come out of this offensive funk and play better on offense.”
Looking at league news, King said there’s not much to the report that the Rams expressed interest in Brett Favre, who has been out of the league for two-plus seasons.
“Favre, I can tell you this, since the start of the 2012 season he’s had less than zero interest,” King said. “The biggest reason is he just doesn’t want to get hit anymore. Everybody knows he can still throw it better than a lot of these guys, and I’m sure he could put a game or two together. But I just think it would be a big mistake for anybody to come after him, unless it was an offense he already knew, a quarterback coach he already knew, and they had a chance to contend. But he’s not going to come back anyway. I don’t think it would matter if the 49ers or Seahawks called him.”