Chris Grier and the Miami Dolphins have not missed much over the last season and a half. However, there has been a blip on the radar. As part of the array of talent the Phins brought in, perhaps the most intriguing player was former Pro Bowl running back Jordan Howard.
It was thought that Howard would provide a great complement to the offense which featured scat backs such as Matt Breida and Myles Gaskin, however, that never came to fruition. Howard began his career as a featured back in Chicago for the Bears, this meant he needed a lot of carries to get into a rhythm and feel the defense out. The Dolphins don’t play offense that way and his inability to mesh with Chan Gailey’s scheme was evident early on. Howard was only active for 5 of the 9 games the Dolphins have played, so the writing was on the wall.
He finished his tenure with Miami 28 carries for only 33 yards and 4 touchdowns. Coach Flores referred to this as a “mutual parting” so there was no ill will on either side. There clearly was never chemistry which is unfortunate, but it is good that the team is biting the bullet and moving on. The team will take a cap hit this season, but Howard has nothing on the books for next season.