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Ronnie Brown better as he carries more

I remember travelling to Cartersville, Ga. in 2005 to do a story on Ronnie Brown and having his mom tell me she would wait in the tunnel for Tommy Tuberville after some Auburn games to ask the Auburn coach why he wasn't starting her son.

And Brown, learning of this, would ask his mom to refrain from doing such things because whatever the coach decided to do was fine by him.

Brown remains the same in that regard. The Dolphins ask him to run the ball 12 times, he'll do that. The Dolphins ask him to carry it 25 times, he'll gladly do that as well. And he will not complain, he will not second-guess.

But ask the statistics how to maximize Ronnie Brown and they scream, "GIVE HIM THE BALL MORE!"

And the Dolphins are doing precisely that so far this year. Last year, Brown carried the football 214 times. So far this year he's on pace to carry 288 times. That would be a 34.5 percent increase. (Note, I stink at math so if it's not really a 34 percent increase kindly correct me in the comment section, with an emphasis on kindly.)

There are some good reasons Brown is getting more use in 2009. Firstly, he is now further removed from his late 2007 knee surgery so he can withstand the strain of more work. Secondly, Brown produces better when he gets more work.

Notice I did not say he produces more. Any NFL running back will deliver more yards with more carries, which is producing more. But Brown is producing better, meaning his rushing average rises in games he gets the ball more often.

In the two games this year he's carried the ball 20 times or more, Brown is averaging 5.7 yards per carry. In the two games this year he's carried the ball fewer than 20 times, Brown is averaging 4.2 yards per carry.

That is not true of all running backs. Ricky Williams, for example, this season is averaging 4.4 yards per carry in games he gets the ball 15 times or more and is averaging 6.2 yards per carry in games he carries it fewer than 10 times.

The point is some running backs seem to thrive as they carry the ball more. Ronnie Brown so far this season is proving himself to be one of those.

And what does that suggest?

As offensive coordinator Dan Henning said a few weeks ago, "feed the stud." The Dolphins should continue to give Brown the football.



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Actually Armando, its a 34.579439 percent increase.

Run, Run, play action, then Run,Screen left, Screen right then deep pass,Run, Run, etc,etc,etc,... that how it should go

agree mando,he is coming along very nice after the blown knee.Who on this blog wanted to trade him? nutz.


See you went out and bought a fancy new calculator. Hey when you spend those kind of bucks you may as well get some use for it right?

Brown can be elite when given adequate holes to run through. But what still concerns me most about him is when there arent huge holes and his propensity to resort to his childhood dreams of becoming a professional ballerina.

I still undoubtedly believe that between the two, Ricky is far and away better "pure" runningback. Im sure Brown himself would even admit to this. Right now its just that Rickey's at the tailend of his nfl career. With a Ricky in his prime, it rubber room ready to even create this blog. LOL.

Actually, I do all my cyperhin' with my fingers and toes.

By the way, I put up a video you might not have seen since you guys jumped on the comments before I could finish things. I appreciate your alacrity, though.

awesome vid,thanx

Let me start out by saying I Love this Kid. He's my Favorite Dolphin since Danny boy. But if you look at his stats for this year or even for his career he doesn't get better as the game goes on. Here is a breakdown for his carries for this year..


Ricky on the other hand DOES continue to get "Better" as the game goes on and always has.


Anyway there you go =)

monkey?where is that post?lol

Killerdolphin likes to call me monkey

killerdolphins you one that is sick

22:10 was a fake post someone is using my name not me.

Armando,does porter look good to go for jests game?

My Name is used by other's lately to start trouble not me carlito so sorry!

I think the jet are in for a world of hurting come monday there will be a couple of new things coming out this game with lots of proven old that can't be stopped yet!

All this meatball talk is getin me hungry,to late though.

There we go again there someone out there that doesn't like us carlito we need to work together to stop this!

stop it C.M lol

Ricky, Ronnie - they are both tough backs. I would say the difference between them at this point is Ronnie is harder to stop, but Ricky delivers a more punishing finish to his runs. I don't think people appreciate how good a tandem they are.

30+ carries between the two should be the plan every game.

Carlito take my word it's someone playing games with us trust me

On the first play of the Video Mando posted, Ronnie Brown DESTROYS the DB that comes up to tackle him. That DB, btw, is none other than Jason Allen, his dolphins Teammate. Yet another reason Allen hasn't cracked the lineup.

Anyone know the band-n-song on the vid?

i trust no one

attaboy carlito

Ronnie Brown absolutely gets better as the game goes on. Here is a breakdown for his carries for this year..


Don't know where landshark got his facts but they are totally wrong. I am the true Dolphins fact man!

At the begining of the video, Ronnie runs over none other than...Jason Allen. Hmmmmmmm.

Finheaven likes to kiss kiss kiss kissing you know

i love ronnie. hes my favorite since ricky circa 2003

The band is called Staind and the song is called Mudshovel. Love that band. Oh, and Ronnie Brown is awesome. Hope we pound the jets into the ground.

Thank you Paco,it is time to ground the jets.


I know it's early in the season, but Ronnie is off to a great start. I don't get it, the only thing keeping him from being an "elite" back are the coaches.
I believe in Parcell's and Co. but WTF took them so long to figure out this teams "identity"? With Ronnie and/or Ricky we should have been force feeding the power running game from day 1.
Great article, it emphasizes how well Ricky and Ronnie compliment each other.

This year? No offense Mandy, but, this is obvious to even the most casual obsever, and has been forver...It's kinda his M.O. I've been screaming this for 3+ years. Feed the beast! He truly does get better with more carries and always has. Side note. I was slightly dissappointed last week when he got caught from behind, but, still a huge fan of Ronnie...


Agreed, Totally!

Slightly disappointed with his lack of top end speed, but he more than makes up for it with smarts, desire and power!

Just saying....

BTW, NEVER get tired of watchin' him plow over Jason Allen, or that poor safety on the Raiders. That wasn't Wilson was it? How ironic would it be for our safety to have mowed down 2 of our safeties for TD's? LOL


Most of the Latino women that I've known are fiesty with hot tempers. God I love them.
The beautiful ones are......UNG......they're.....OoohhH...........smoking F'ing HOT!

Still think killer is C.M

These kind of analyses that support the idea that runningbacks get better as they get more touches are always flawed. Of course if the running game is doing poorly the back will get fewer carries and if it is working they will likely get lots of carries. In other words, it may not be that getting more carries makes a running back perform better (or the defense perform worse).

If someone wants to prove that runningbacks get better when they keep getting the ball, you have to look strictly at games where he carried the ball 20+ times and then compare the early carries to the latter carries.

I just killed 1.5 hours comparing the 1st ten carries to the remaining carries (11+) for all of Ronnies 14 games where he carried the ball 20 or more times since 2005.

Guess what I found. Ronnie averaged 4.81 ypc on the first ten runs and 4.68 ypc for carries after number 10. Now I can assure you that those two numbers are too close to suggest that ronnie is actually getting worse as the game progresses. But this certainly debunks this widely spread rumor.

No but i know a monkey when see one

saban got that one right, anyway.

I suspect someone on this blog made a tiny fortune testing "experimental" drugs for a major pharmaceutical lab.

I thought they only used monkies for their tests????

You see monkey you need your meds!!

Carlito behave now don't make oddie mad!!


I just killed 1.5 hours comparing the 1st ten carries to the remaining carries (11+) for all of Ronnies 14 games where he carried the ball 20 or more times since 2005.

I do stuff like this all the time. The problem is, the body only processes 1 oz of alchohol an hour.
This means by 45 minutes in, I'm hit. I mean lit.


When your pretending to have an argument with Carlito you're supposed to sign in as him once in a while.

I wish I was as buzzed up as you are my brother.

I'm an excellent driver

pretending I wish I got this monkey on my back I can't get rid of... lol

You see monkey you need your meds!!

Posted by: KillerDolphins | October 10, 2009 at 02:26 AM

Odinseye , STFU you drunken Fool.

Posted by: KillerDolphins | October 10, 2009 at 02:27 AM

Carlito behave now don't make oddie mad!!

Posted by: KillerDolphins | October 10, 2009 at 02:29 AM


I hope you don't have to drive anywhere tonight Bro.

Monkey want a bananna?

Carlito is monkey boy sorry costa rican gay Kung Fu monkey boy

I'm an excellent driver

Posted by: payuengsnwings | October 10, 2009 at 02:39 AM

Are you psychic? I didn't mention driving until 2:41????

Seriously dude, what are you on. Tell the truth this is a blog nobody will come arrest you or anything.
I thought there was some good stuff back in the seventies, but wow.
Tell the truth now WTF are you taking? I really want to know?

You've made 37 confirmed posts in less than three hours. That's unless you've use two other names that I think were you.
That's AT LEAST 37 post in under 3 hours.
Your on more than a bananna in the ear.

Tell the truth man, what get's you that looped out?

Good night odinseye. Good night Killer , Oh that's me.

just reading killers posts and thought of the movie.lol

man I must be bored


You can tell me bro. I survived the seventies. I admit it. We had Purple Haze, Mr. Natrural, we had liquid LSD and put it on sugar cubes. Now that stuff would get you talking to yourself.
Fess up dude, WTF are you on?

what movie ?

rain man

just reading killers posts and thought of the movie.lol

Posted by: payuengsnwings | October 10, 2009 at 03:01 AM

man I must be bored

Posted by: payuengsnwings | October 10, 2009 at 03:02 AM

I know what you mean. I was basically doing the same thing.
I've seen that guy slip up before, but never this bad. I thought it was hilarious when he was arguing with himself and forgetting to change his sign in name!

PS: Thanks Killer Carlito it was entertaining!

luv ya you big monkey

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