Despite numerous offseason acquisitions and a relatively weak AFC East, the Miami Dolphins were unable to capture their first winning record (or playoff appearance) since 2008, finishing the year at 8-8.
Second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill improved from his rookie season, but three big problems arose: he got sacked a ton, threw more than an interception a game, and he was unable to consistently connect on deep passes with a weapon at wide receiver like Mike Wallace.
Wallace averaged more than 19 yards per catch in his first two season with the Steelers, but has steadily dropped from that point since. He was one of the big additions to Miami's roster in 2013, but averaged a career-low 12.7 yards per reception.
The Dolphins' lack of a deep passing game has hurt the team, Wallace told the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson:
"We have to," Wallace said. "Definitely have got to get the deep ball going. That's the difference between winning and losing a couple games. I should have had 15 or 20 more touchdowns. And that's being modest. If you press me, you have no shot to cover me. Once I get you to stop your feet, it's over."
The Herald cites Pro Football Focus, which lists Ryan Tannehill as the second-least accurate quarterback on deep throws, ahead of only Joe Flacco. PFF says Tannehill was accurate on just 32.8 percent of throws of longer than 20 yards, completing just 25 percent of them.