Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller has battled through various nicks and bruises this season, but with Knowshon Moreno (ACL) on IR, Miller knows his number could be called early and often for the rest of the year.
This past Sunday was no exception, as Miller rushed 14 times for 78 yards and caught three passes for 21 yards in a 27-13 win over Jacksonville.
“I’m just trying to help this team win,” Miller said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “They brought me here to win games, and whatever play that they call, I’m going to try to give it my all and try to make plays for this team.”
The Dolphins (4-3) have now won two straight and three of four to remain in the AFC playoff picture. Miller, 23, said this year’s team is extremely close-knit.
“I think a lot of guys, we bonded together better,” Miller said, comparing this year’s team to last year’s. “We have a good relationship. I think we got a lot of talent on this team. We just got to make a run. We’re just trying to keep it going.”
Miami hosts San Diego this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
Miller, who figures to be Miami’s workhorse the rest of the way, was asked about another feature back, DeMarco Murray, who has a league-high 187 carries entering Dallas’ Monday night showdown against Washington. Only eight other backs have 100 carries on the season. None has 130.
Is Murray going to break down at some point this year?
“I’m not sure,” Miller said. “The season just started pretty much, but that’s a lot of carries. “If he’s doing a great job and taking care of his body and doing what he’s supposed to do off the field, I think everything else will fall into place.”
Doug Gottlieb then asked Miller a very important question: Which Dolphins have the best cars? Apparently, Mike Wallace (Rolls Royce), Brian Hartline (Ferrari) and Dannell Ellerbe (Mercedes-Benz) are the winners.
“You got to put some rims on it,” Miller said of Wallace’s Rolls Royce. “It’s a nice car in general, but I feel like if you put some rims on it, everything else will fall into place.”
Hartline’s Ferrari, meanwhile, is red.
“I think the rims that he got came with it,” Miller said. “I’m not sure, but I like it. It’s a Ferrari. So you can’t go wrong with that.”
Gottlieb referred to Ellerbe’s Benz G-Wagon as a “box on wheels.”
“At first I didn’t like it,” Miller said, “but now I’m liking it more.”
Gottlieb also asked Miller if he’ll be rooting for LeBron James this season now that he’s back in Cleveland.
“I’m a Heat fan regardless,” said Miller, a Miami native. “So I want the Heat to win.”