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Bad when Dolphins run-first offense is shelved

Sometimes the chicken is there first and it lays the egg. Sometimes the egg is there first and it produces a chicken.

Sometimes I have no idea how to start this friggin' blog and just go with a trite, boring, worn cliche.

Anyway, the chicken and egg idea sort of applied to the Dolphins running game Sunday. The Miami offense ran a total of 42 offensive plays. Some of you have suggested if the Dolphins had run the ball more than their 22 attempts, they would have extended drives and given themselves the chance to be on the field more.

That group is complaining the Dolphins didn't run enough against the 49'ers.

Tony Sparano isn't sure that the reasoning works. He says the reason the Dolphins didn't run enough is because, well, they only had 42 offensive plays.

And since I'm confused about the whole matter, I asked him to explain what up?

That is the point where Sparano said Monday Miami's game plan against San Francisco was not to run so much but, in fact, to pass.

“I think one of the things is we went into this game feeling like, versus this team, we had to be fairly aggressive early in the game," Sparano said. "And we were. We came out and we made a good play down the field to David Martin and we took a shot at one point to Teddy (Ginn) down the sideline and we did some things that way."

But on a day the Dolphins wanted to throw downfield, the San Francisco defense seemed wary of having Miami throw downfield. And so it kind of ruined Miami's big surprise.

"These guys kind of played us a little bit backwards defensively,' Sparano admitted. "Good job by them in that they played a lot more shell coverage. They weren’t going to let the ball down the field which would be a compliment to Chad (Pennington), but they weren’t going to let the ball down the field. It was going to be more about throwing the ball down to the backs and those type of things and being patient."

And that's when the Miami offense bogged down. It converted only one of seven third down opportunities. It needed the defense to bail them out.

"What started to happen in my mind was you became a little bit less efficient on first down which is what has really been helping us," Sparano said. "If we’re efficient on first down, then the third downs are more manageable. We had a couple of those third down situations yesterday were third-and-10, third-and-12 and we weren’t efficient in those deals. That’s not going to help you stay on the field."

That, of course, takes me back to the original question. If the passing deal wasn't keeping the Dolphins on the field, why not run more? Sparano said that simply was not the plan.

"As far as running the football went, the plan was to pretty much spread these guys out a little bit," the coach said. "Be a little bit more aggressive. Give the quarterback some option plays where we could run or throw and in some of those situations, it just ended up being throws.”

Here's a reminder: Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown were the best playmakers on the offense at the beginning of the season. Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown are the best playmakers on the offense now that No. 1 receiver Greg Camarillo is out for the year, now that Ted Ginn Jr. is being inconsistent, now that Ernest Wilford is known to be a non-factor.

So here's a suggestion: Get Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams the ball first, Miami Dolphins! Run first!

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The only points we got came out of the passing game. Hello! Of course, we were going to go back to that. Then, due to their long drives, we only had a few possesions in the 2nd half. So if you listen to Sparano he explains why we didnt run more. We still ran over 50% of the time! How many teams did that this week? What do you want??

I like how Armando brought up that phantom pass interference call during that championship game against ohio state. That was the worst call i've ever seen. Canes won that year in my book. Ken Dorsey 39-1* as a starter in college.

Mando:

You are dead on about Miami's victory against OSU. Terrible, terrible call by the official. He even waited about 5 seconds and thought about it before he pulled out the flag. The game was over. I still think about that call and get angry like it happened yesterday.
Miami won the game, period.

Armando? Go where? They ran the ball. I just think with Henning's creative genius they could come up with a few more trick plays or variants of the Wildcat option that they haven't try yet. Or did I forget to mention I like you thought provoking comentary here? Go ARMANDO!!!

Even though al the games are giving us palpatations, i still feel confident we will win the game. I think they are saving a lot for the jets game. We might see Ted Ginn at QB in the wildcat in the red zone, we are a top 5 team in the nfl over the last 7 games we just don't score a lot of points, we play Steelers and Ravens' style football where we control the field position and make a team have to claw and scratch for every point. Sparano is doing what he feels is the best way to win games with the team he has and it's working!

1. Fewest turnovers in NFL history at this point.

2. Defense has not given up a TD in 12 qrts, last NFL team to do that was the '73 Dolphins who won the SB.

3. ranked first in the league in turnover diff.

4. Chad P 3000 yards passing

5. rushing rank 11th / passing rank 11th

6. we control our own destiny!

i just want to hug Tony Sparano and Parcells and thank them for making football relevant in Miami again.

The chiefs are 2nd behind us in turnover diff. but are horrible in coverage because they gamble and like to jump routes esp. ex-dolphin Surtain.So it will be interesting to see how the game plan changes this week. the chiefs had a humiliating loss last week, i expect the coaching staff to stay very vanilla and run the ball more and save any gadgetry for the Jets. i actually like throwing on first down to set up the run on 2nd and short, but it seems the prob. is the first down throws are not high percentage routes. for instance, i love the fake pitch to ronnie left and having pennington bootleg right, the tight end blocks down then pops out into the flat wide open every time. then hit them with the real pitch sweep to ronnie and the d is on their heels and it breaks open a big run. another heart stopper but we pull it out again. VOTE FOR THE DOLPHINS AT NFL.COM!!

This formula will lead the dolphins to the superbowl: the dolphins need to score four touchdowns in the first half from here on in and pound it out with ronnie, ricky and a stiff defensive show in the second half. If pennington does not produce in the first quarter, then the coaches had better give henne a shot immediately because he has shown in preseason games that he will produce points and score quickly! Sooner or later, these nail biters are going to cost us everything, along with a lot of dolphin fans suffering cardiac arrest from these last second wins. These nail biters are more damaging than scariest horror movies!

This formula will lead the dolphins to the superbowl: the dolphins need to score four touchdowns in the first half from here on in and pound it out with ronnie, ricky and a stiff defensive show in the second half. If pennington does not produce in the first quarter, then the coaches had better give henne a shot immediately because he has shown in preseason games that he will produce points and score quickly! Sooner or later, these nail biters are going to cost us everything, along with a lot of dolphin fans suffering cardiac arrest from these last second wins. These nail biters are more damaging than scariest horror movies!

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