Dolphins 2011 Season Stats — Team Offense

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Looking at the running game, the Dolphins ranked in the top third of the NFL in overall yardage.  However, the Dolphins ran the ball more than 26 other NFL teams.  And, they were only average in rushing attempt plus poor on third and fourth down percentage.  So, despite the dynamic runs of Reggie Bush, the running game needs improvement.  I think this will improve with a healthy Daniel Thomas.  But, the the stats point toward the offensive line needing help.  Also, it seems the Dolphins missed Mr. Automatic, Lou Polite.

Looking at the passing game, only three teams passed the ball less than the Dolphins — two were playoff teams Denver and Houston (who ranked 6th and 8th in yards per rushing attempt).  The Dolphins were in the middle of the pack when it came to completion percentage, yards per attempt, and number of interceptions per attempt.  But, the Dolphins were ranked third in the number of sacks given up.  This again points toward the offensive line needing help.

It is worth noting that only three teams committed a lower number of penalties than the Dolphins.  That is the good news.  The bad news is the Dolphins’ offense was tied for the most number of fumbles lost — a total of 13 including two by QBs and three by receivers.

So, with all the talk last off-season about having a more dynamic offense, the Dolphins still focused more on running the ball.  What is inexcusable is we had a head coach, who was a former offensive line coach, that did not focus on having a good offensive line.  That would have been my reason for firing Tony Sparano.

Therefore, I think the draft clearly needs to focus on the offensive line — sorry Dolphans.  Picking up an offensive guard and offensive tackle in the first and third round of the 2012 NFL Draft (not necessarily respectively) would significantly improve this Miami Dolphins team(Picking up one in the draft and one in free agency would do the same.)  With all the fans and media clammering for a franchise QB, remember that Dan Marino succeeded because he had a good offensive line — he was given the time to succeed.  Don Shula knew the importance of a good offensive line.


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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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