Steelers vs. Dolphins Q&A with Paul L. Picken, Jr. of ‘Phin Phanatic’

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1. Has Mike Wallace met the expectations of Miami’s fanbase this season? In your humble opinion, is he worth the hefty ($60 million) price tag?

Met expectations?  Not yet, but he has shown a lot of promise thus far.  Quite honestly, he’s putting up stats that most folks would be happy with if you don’t factor in the $60M price tag.  There have been flashes of dominance on occasion this season, however, and even the threat of him being able to go over the top and occupying opposing defenses best CB is allowing other receivers the opportunity to shine.  The timing between Ryan Tannehill and Wallace still needs a bit of work, but a bit of that is play design by Mike Sherman.  I also don’t believe that Sherman is fully utilizing Wallace properly (for example, opposing defenses know where he will be lined up on roughly 99% of plays).  The timing between Wallace and RT, however, seems to be getting more and more in synch, and you can see Wallace’s “mood” on the field improving via the effort level apparent as a result.  There was a vicious stiff arm in the Jets game last week that Wallace threw on Milliner, and he absolutely buried him without even slowing down.  As a Steelers fan, I know you’ve seen the rare speed that he has, so if they get their timing down it could be pretty lethal.

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