A day after he stonewalled reporters when asked about his disappointing performance in the Miami Dolphins' Week 1 win against the Cleveland Browns, Miami wide receiver Mike Wallace provided a little elaboration. When he told reporters "I don't want to talk," and "Ask coach," it was because he was mad at himself, not the coaching staff.
"It just wasn't a good day for me," Wallace said Monday. "I'm mad at myself because I didn't have a good game. Anytime I don't do well, I'm upset."
He had just one catch for 15 yards, and was targeted only five times on the day. Teammates Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson, and Charles Clay all saw more passes come their way from QB Ryan Tannehill.
Wallace said the anger was all self-directed, adding that head coach Joe Philbin talked with him about the comments and his performance on Monday.
"We had a good conversation. We're good. We're ready to move on," he said.
He added that he was not angry at his fellow receivers, saying, "I'm happy those guys had a great game. Those are my teammates." Wallace also said he does not plan on lobbying Tannehill for more passes in his direction.
When asked about Wallace Monday, Philbin said, "I want the players on this team to want to make a difference and contribute in a game."
He added that Tannehill was not at fault for Wallace's quiet day. Tannehill threw for 272 yards on the day, with Hartline, Gibson, and Clay getting the majority of those yards.
"We don't have plays in the offense where we throw the ball to a certain jersey number just to do it," Philbin said. "We throw it to the people who are open. There were certainly times where we potentially could have gone to [Wallace], but I thought overall our quarterback decision-making was good."