Forward Progress


(by Remy Stark not #1vikingsfan – ops?)

Ladies and gentlemen let us try and forget about the impending doom that is the 2011 lockout and pretend everything is fine. I for one do not wish to cry in front of others so this is the only way I can get by. There WILL be a 2011 season!

With the recent re-signing of Incognito I decided it would be a good idea to try and look at where we stand as a team.

If you are like me when discussing the Phins with non-phanatics then you have heard the obvious “Miami’s offense sucks!” mantra.

“Yes I know, please stop telling me that!”

We ALL know our offense sucks, but why? It was trendy to blame it all on Henne, but lets face it, it can’t be ALL his fault (right?). So where can blame be cast? Is it the O-line’s fault? I decided to do some research and I chose four stats that I think are good measurements of an O-lines ability. Two that are obvious (sacks and hits on QB) and then two others; Yards-per-carry, which show the room our brutes make for our running back (Where as the total yards of a running back showcase more of that individual players break-out ability) and then of course rushing TD’s because this can also show our lines ability to move the line of scrimmage forward. Yes, we need help here but is it where we need it the most?

Let’s check the numbers:

Sacks allowed: 38 – NFL Rank: 22nd

Hits on QB: 70 – NFL Rank: 14th

Rushing TD: 8 – NFL Rank: 30th

Rushing yards per carry: 3.7 – NFL Rank: 31st

Average rank: 24th

It’s bad guys (and gals) and maybe I have been wrong all this time. I WANT to draft Mallet but that could also be blindfolds of my unbridled Dan Marino fanaticism talking. Either way it is a concern that should be addressed. The numbers don’t lie, we need help!

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  • thomas loy

    From the stats it appears OL is a greater need than QB. I think Miami would be better served by trading down and drafting OL, be that pouncey or carmini/solder. With a tackle, Miami moves carey to guard and has a set of bookend tackles. and with the trade down, Miami would receive a second round pick to use on kaepernick or ponder.

  • Luke

    I agree 100% with Thomas. That is what I have been saying for a month now. I have some other ideas for the rest of the draft too.