The Miami Dolphins finished the 2011 NFL Regular Season with a win over AFC East rivals New York Jets. The difference in the 19-17 victory was Dan Carpenter’s (DC$) four field goals to include a 58 yarder to end the first half. And, what a booming kick it was as it sailed past the goal posts with NFL record distance — at sea level — particularly impressive to this Physicist who kicked football in college. The Dolphins finished with a 6-10 record and will get the 8th or 9th pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft (decided by a coin flip with Carolina).
Statistically, the Miami Dolphins did not do much that was remarkable except for picking off Mark Sanchez three times including two by Randy Starks — that’s right, DT Randy Starks. Matt Moore ended up his season with a very pedestrian day completing 22 of 32 passes, but for only a mere 132 yards — that’s 4.2 yards per attempt. He had one TD pass to Charles Clay for one yard, and threw two interceptions.
The highlight of the game, for me, was Jason Taylor’s fumble recovery run for a touchdown — unfortunately, it was reversed upon further review. It would have been a fitting end to Jason’s Hall of Fame career. However, the more fitting end actually came after the game when the beloved “JT” was carried off the field by teammates. Thanks for the memories Jason, you are a really class act. The only classless thing done during your career was when you were let go, not once, but twice by the Dolphins. Upon further review, maybe Jeff Ireland should be let go for allowing that to happen.
Now that the regular season has been completed, I thought I would start off the draft/free agency season by examining the Dolphins 2011 Season Stats. The intent is to point of the areas of strengths and weaknesses to indicate where to focus draft picks.
In this article, I will start with team defense stats.