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Inside Dolphins stats for real NFL geeks

You guys got into the Xs and Os of Tony Sparano's wildcat formation so well that you have now graduated to bigger and better Xs and Os stuff.

Football Outsiders is a good resource for the stat geeks among us that are interested in the deeper meaning of what is actually happening on the field. In other words, we want to know which offensive lineman is producing the most rushing yards when the team runs behind him. We want to know which defensive lineman or which side of the side of the line is allowing the most rushing yards or producing the most pressure on the QB.

So here's some answers:

According to the Outsiders here is Miami's individual run-stopping rankings:

Joey Porter has a 1.37 Yard Per Carry average against. That means Porter, who leads the team with four sacks, is also playing quite effectively at the point of attack. Vonnie Holliday has a 3.35 YPC. Jason Ferguson has a 4.07 YPC. Kendall Langford has a 4.81 YPC. Matt Roth has a surprising 1.55 YPC.

Obviously the Langford, the rookie, needs to improve his run-defense  while Ferguson, the oldest guy on the line, is also allowing a degree of success on runs up the middle. Overall, however, the stats suggest Miami's front is playing well against the run.

Here is the link from footballoutsiders.com for the team defensive line statistics.

Along the offensive line the Dolphins are getting mediocre production that seems to be improving but has a way to go yet. Interestingly, Jake Long is Miami's most productive run blocker. So all of you that continually request Jake Long updates, that is great news.

Every time the Dolphins run behind Long, they average 4.8 yards per carry. The rest of the line's averages: Justin Smiley has a 3.91 YPC, Samson Satele  has a 3.88 YPC, the combo of Donald Thomas/Ikechuku Ndukwe has a 4.22 YPC, and Vernon Carey has a 3.79 YPC.

Here's the team offensive line statistics.

The Dolphins admittedly struggled to run the ball the first couple of games. But there seems to be no major weak link on the line, even now that Ndukwe has taken over for the injured Thomas. The Dolphins run-distribution statistics suggest they are not avoiding running behind any one particular player.

So what do you think?

Personal note: I want to thank loyal reader Richard McQuillen for sharing these statistics with me, and by doing, with you also.

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