Mike Wallace Insinuates Todd Haley Misused Him Last Season

Prior to his final season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace missed all of training camp because of contract dispute and as a result, he said Wednesday during his media conference call that he thinks then-new offensive coordinator Todd Haley misused him in the offense last year..

“I think it was a little bit of a challenge for him to use me,” Wallace said. “It was (his) first year, and I wasn’t in training camp, and he got a chance to see other guys and what they were able to do.”

Wallace, who according to Pro Football Focus caught 10 of 27 passes for five touchdowns on balls thrown 20 yards or more down the field in 2011, only caught 6 of 31 passes for four touchdowns on balls thrown 20 yards or more down the field in his final year with the Steelers. It should be noted that Wallace also missed the season finale last season with an injury as well.

While there’s not much of a difference between those two sets of deep attempt numbers, it was quite obvious that Haley’s offense was a lot less vertical in nature than the one ran by previous offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. In fact, only 10.5% of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s dropbacks in 2012 included passes thrown 20 yards or more down the field as opposed to 13.3% in 2011 and 13.9% in 2010.

While only 10% of the dropbacks this season by Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill have resulted in passes being thrown 20 yards or more down the field this season, Wallace has been targeted 24 times with the deep ball. Those 24 passes, however, have only resulted in five catches and one touchdown and only seven of those passes were deemed catchable.

35 of Wallace’s 56 receptions this season have come nine or less yards down the field and that has been on 43 pass attempts. However, Wallace only as a 54.9% catch rate of the 102 times that he’s been targeted this season and that equates to a dismal 35.6% catch rate on balls thrown 10 or more yards down the field to him. That’s only slightly better than the 33.9% catch rate that he had last season with the Steelers on passes thrown 10 orĀ  more yards down the field.

Here is something for you and Wallace to chew on. Fellow Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline has caught 63.3% of the 98 passes thrown his way this season. In addition, Hartline has caught 27 of 51 (52.9%) of the passes thrown to him that have traveled 10 or more yards down the field and five of 10 passes (50%) thrown 20 or more yards down the field.

While I am busy piling on, here is one other stat you might find interesting. Of the 16 third down passes thrown to Wallace so far this season, only three have resulted in first downs. Of the 23 thrown to Hartline, 10 have moved the chains.

Maybe Wallace wasn’t misused by Haley after all. Instead, maybe Wallace is just a bubble screen wide receiver that can deliver the occasional deep homerun ball on the right side of the offense as long as his quarterback doesn’t over or under throw him.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was wrong all along about Wallace. He’s not a one-trick pony, he’s a one and a half trick pony, who parlayed those one and a half tricks into a five-year, $60 million contract with the Dolphins. Hartline, however, who has multiple tricks, was given a five-year, $30.775 million contract this past offseason. Sounds like some misuse is going on down in Miami right now with Wallace and it’s a misuse of money that was paid to him.

  • 2443scott

    if any one has misused wallace is wallace him self ….he has that wr ego prob where his feet or faster then his mouth but he sure can stick them in his mouth as fast as ever…he may have speed but if the qb throwing to him cant extent time in pocket like ben can it dont matter how fast he is down field….in short routes he doesnt have the cut or hands to make those type catches ..sure once in a while he can make one for a big gain but when you need him to make that first down he will let the team down time after time …if you look at his stats as you layed out it shows any one that the money he was payed it was a joke….miami as always just throws money at players to try and fix a team with just one player year after year then when it dont work out they get rid of that player after a year or two and i see same happening to wallace …wallace had a career in pittsburgh now hes just another wr trying to survive year after year like any other wr with limited talent in route running….he wanted money more then a career in football well he got the money and now he be lucky if he last another 5 years in nfl as any kind of wr ….ego money and a big mouth and a bad team mate from all that has ruined a wr who could of had a great career in nfl …..i dont see wallace as any kind of threat in this game coming up then any other average wr the steelers have faced …

  • treeher

    Articles like this are fine and you can’t argue the stats … but I’d keep my powder dry until after the game. The way Steelers have performed this year, odds are that Wallace is going to hit a home run against us.

  • chris ward

    Wallace got to big headed after his productive 2011 season. Everything looks to have played out well in the Steelers favor by keeping Brown and giving him the contract. Browns stats this year have blown Wallace away and has been a more versatile number 1 receiver.

  • Robert Schultz

    So what if he gets lucky and has a huge performance against us. BFD.

    His overall performance proves he sucks as a receiver in the NFL. This article is just more proof to the pudding.

  • Eric

    Mike, get over it, grow up and shut up!

  • JohnB

    He’s gotta watch what he says. If he follows the Steelers trend, he’ll be back on the team in a few years.

  • SumnerYoung

    I hope Wallace takes Big Ben out for a great dinner while in the Burgh. That’s the least he can do. He really should give Ben about 3/4 of his big contract ’cause Ben made him the player he was as a Steeler.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I always wondered why Mike Wallace wore gloves on his hands during games. They weren’t for catching the ball.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I guess he is partially right. all he wants to do is run streaks so by his definition he is right.

  • Mike Cardwell

    No doubt Haley misused him. When you have a deep threat like Wallace and you ignore his one trick pony net worth you have to be an offensive moron. Yet if Wallace had any brains himself he should have gone to a team that had a Quarterback who could throw it deep. But what does he care now he got the contract he wanted. It was always about the money. Steelers made the right choice paying Brown, who is more like Santonio Holmes but without the baggage!

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Don’t understand all the “hate” for Mike Wallace. This is one smart guy, he got the hell outta dodge and….AND the man got PAID..!!! Why should he play for the Steelers when he can go to an equally miserable team and get paid, oh $millions$ btw. Who’s never left one job for another for more money? Let’s not forget MW will be on a beach in Miami when his former teammates are shoveling their driveways…most here are just jealous that Mike Wallace made out.

  • CrazyTerry

    Funny how Wallace doesn’t explain why he disappeared in the second half of Arians final season. It’s wasn’t just the Haley tenure. Maybe defenses figured him out?

  • clifford symonds

    I have no problems with Wallace taking his big money and moving on. What Ive always had an issue with was that Wallace,with all his speed and the fact that he has ran thousands of deep routes,is his poor adjustment to the ball in flight. He has one speed. He rarely makes the proper adj. and furthermore his hands are very unreliable. He doesn’t attack the ball in air with his leaping ability, nor does he draw many PI calls because downfield he floats..at a very high speed mind you.. While defenders track the ball better and can adjust to a throw that isn’t dead on the money.I still pull for Wallace,like most ex-Steelers but the FO made a choice which has played out to be correct. I could go on about what our team could have looked like in 2010 w/ Ward,Wallace,Brown,Sanders,Holmes,Heath, and Spaeth. The Steelers have had to make plenty of PP decisions regarding WRs in the past, and they’ve been getting it right! Now time to add a giant at the position.

  • Gregory Smith

    He is all speed with hands made of stone. He has dropped so many passes including touchdowns when he was with the Steelers. All speed, horrible route runner.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Really? A comment from Mike Wallet. Is this even worth a response. I think not.

  • So… His numbers suck for a player of his salary this year to. If Haley misused him, what does he think of life in Miami? At least he scored in Haley’s offense.