Dolphins 2011 Season Stats — Team Offense

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Now that the regular season has been completed, I thought I would start the off-season by examining the Dolphins 2011 Season Stats. The intent is to point out the areas of strengths and weaknesses to indicate where the Dolphins should focus in the draft and free agency.

In my article last week, I took a look at the Dolphins’ Team Defense Statistics.  In this article, I will look at Team Offense Statistics.

It should be noted that I will focus on team rank statistics, rather than raw statistics. This allows the Dolphins to be compared relatively with other NFL teams.

Team Offense

Points Per Game — 20th
Total Yards — 22nd
Penalties — 4th least
Fumbles Lost — 1st (tie)

Rushing Yards — 11th
Rushing Attempts — 6th
Yards per Rushing Attempt — 15th

Passing Yards — 23rd
Passing Attempts — 28th (tie)
Passing Completion Percentage — 18th
Yards per Passing Attempt — 14th
Sacks Given Up — 3rd
Interceptions Thrown — 22nd (tie)

Total First Downs — 19th
Passing First Downs — 23rd
Rushing First Downs — 20th (tie)
First Downs by Penalty — 7th (tie)
Third Down Percentage — 26th
Fourth Down Percentage — 19th (tie)

The Miami Dolphins Defense gave up the 6th least amount of points.  Yet, the offense scored only the 20th amount of points and the 22nd most yards.  Overall, the offense is generally ranked in the bottom third of the NFL.  This weakness is reason why the Dolphins are picking 8th/9th in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Note:  It is beyond me why some mock drafts have the Dolphins picking a defensive player in the first round.  They need to pick on offensive player to bolster its weak offense.  Similarly, it is beyond me why the Dolphins are focusing on a defensive minded coach, Jeff Fisher, when it is the offense that needs the most help.  The defense does not need any help — the Dolphins should keep Mike Nolan, whoever is selected as head coach.

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Topics: 2011 Season Statistics, Dan Marino, Don Shula, Jeff Ireland, Miami Dolphins, Mike Nolan, NFL, Team Offense, Tony Sparano

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  • Cornerss

    by ignoring qb more, you make it more likely we try to get by with an average qb, instead of getting our franchise qb and building around him

  • Lespaul

    @Cornerss I couldn’t agree more….this team needs a franchise QB to lead them into the playoffs. They have to score points…touchdowns. It’s alarming that the offense was so inept that they were tied for first in fumbles lost?

  • GeneHauze

    Look, I think it would be a big mistake for the Dolphins to trade up for Luck or RG3. First, the Dolphins would have to give away first round draft picks for this year and the next two years plus maybe a second rounder this year. This is too much and would give away the future on a hope that either would become a franchise QB — it is not a guarantee. Second, I think either QB would have a really, really rough time with the current Dolphins’ offensive line. It would set back the progress of any young rookie.

    Now, the Dolphins first rounder this year plus Brandon Marshall to the Rams might get you RG3. This is a different story if you are willing to give up on Marshall. I have gone back and forth on this kind of trade. Note: I would not even consider trading Jake Long.

    I say that we draft offensive linemen in the first and third rounds — a pullling guard and right tackle. They would come relatively cheap and allow us to get rid of some of the expensive dead weight on the OL. They would have the opportunity to develop along with Pouncey. The money saved could then be spent on a free agent QB or a first round QB next year — there will be many good college QBs coming out in 2013. In the meantime, Moore did not do that bad this year. I am not a really big fan because of his low completion percentage. But, I like the fact that he is relatively mobile and throws the ball downfield.

  • Lespaul

    @GeneHauze Oline is a big concern…I for one would part with Marshall if it meant a shot at RGlll. I watched the kid play almost every week and he can throw the ball. Now, against NFL defenses is a different story, but I still think he will turn into solid NFL QB.

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