The Dolphins' new offense was on display during minicamp and Quarterback School, and the consensus is that it will emphasize a vertical passing game with consistent deep routes. Miami quarterbacks were not only throwing deep on a regular basis, but receivers ran deep routes constantly in order to attract a safety downfield and create space underneath. ''The thing is really about getting vertical, flying up the field and creating space, running people off and creating pockets,'' fullback Rob Konrad told the Miami Herald. ``We've done that quite a bit so far.''
A vertical passing game, if executed, has interesting implications for the Dolphins. First, it gives new quarterback A.J. Feeley a definite leg up in his supposed competition with Jay Fiedler because Feeley has superior arm strength. It could also provide more breathing room for Ricky Williams, who has seen at least eight men in the box with their passing game struggling to threaten defenses. Finally, if Feeley and the Dolphins' revamped offensive line can perform, it provides wide receiver Chris Chambers with an opportunity to finally amass some decent yardage totals. We'll keep an eye on this new-look system throughout training camps this summer.