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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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Mando, nice work these days. Interesting, insightful pieces. Please keep up the good work.

Now this is the type of thing I like to read about. No rumors or speculation, just cold hard fact. Go Porter! Go Jake Long. Earn those fatty contracts you signed!

Those stats are interesting, but it's much too soon (not enough games) to put much stock in them.

Great stuff! It will be interesting to see how this "evolves" as the games pass. Looks like the rebuilding from the "inside out" has started off quite well. I'm a little surprised to see Fergy with such a high stat #. I wonder if some of that is attributed to Ayodele and Crowder who play the middle behind him???

I think the stats may be somewhat deceiving in that Ferguson is constantly double teamed. It's kind of hard to tackle a guy when you have two O linemen in your face. Other than that the Long thing is very nice allthough not too suprising considering he was one of the best run blockers in college. Interesting stuff Armando. Also loved your Dolphins take thing you did with Darlington on the net. One suggestion, lose Darlington and do it on your own, he's useless. :)

Great stuff Mando. I tell ya it kills me that pretty much all of the so called experts give Miami no chance winning this game. I expect to see an unusually high scoring game tommorrow, maybe 38-35 or 34-31 final. Go Dolphins.

Fellas--the field's gonna be in awful shape tomorrow - MAJOR downpour at Canes game

I'm not sure how the OL stats can be labeled mediocre. Could they be better? Sure. But as it stands now, if the team does nothing but run behind any OL player, they will continually gain enough yards to get a first down.

Stats can be misleading, for example,Ferguson gets double teamed every running play so it's the LB who is suppose to fill the hole and make the tackle. His job is to occupy two blockers. Another example is Long lineing up as a TE in the wildcat formation. That TD run of over 60 yards are added to his stats. Stats are fun to look at but don't base your opinion solely on them. Thanks for the info it is a intresting read keep them coming mando.

Hi A,

Definitely keep up with the geeky stuff. The Xs and Os last time was a nice read.

I want to second the Ferguson is doubled teamed comment.

But Thanks!

In baseball you play the odds. that should get you about 10 percent of your wins. Why shouldn't it apply to football?
Great post. I will be watching today.

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