If you know me, you know I'm not a numbers guy. If you read this blog, you know I run away from statistics and paint the picture with words. If you listen to my radio show, Armando and the Amigo every morning on 640-Sports in South Florida, you are aware I hate math.
But sometimes the numbers tell the tale.
So let me share some numbers with you about Miami's increasingly underwhelming offense:
How about the number 0? Zero is the number of times the Dolphins have succeeded on fourth-down attempts this year. They are 0-for-4. Zero.
How about the number 1? That's the number of rushing touchdowns the Dolphins have through six games. One. The Dolphins have Ronnie Brown in the backfield. They have Ricky Williams in the backfield. Both are in contract years so they're trying to impress. They have one rushing touchdown between them and that is that as far as the rest of the team is concerned.
How about the number 2? That's how many TDs former Dolphins OLB David Bowens scored against the defending Super Bowl champion Saints on Sunday. He picked two passes out of the air and ran for two scores. You know how many TD passes Brandon Marshall has picked out of the air this year?
One. Marshall has one TD grab this year. Cleveland OLB David Bowens has two. Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall last week scored more touchdowns in one game than Marshall has in six games for the Dolphins.
That isn't necessarily an indictment of Marshall, although he bares some responsibility. But it does raise eyebrows of why the struggling Miami offense hasn't targetted him more in the red zone. It also raises questions why Chad Henne hasn't gotten the ball to Marshall more in the end zone.
Speaking of Henne ...
How about the number 8? Eight is the number of passes over 21 yards he has attempted this year. That is slightly more than one per game (1.3) and less than half of what he attempted last year (2.8). That is also the lowest in the league of any QB who has started every game.
Reader Chad Hagans sent along this list of QBs and the number of their attempts of 21-yards or more this season:
Matt Ryan: 12
Joe Flacco: 28
Carson Palmer: 13
Tony Romo: 21
Kyle Orton: 27
Aaron Rodgers: 26
Matt Schaub: 14
Peyton Manning: 30
Matt Cassel: 9
Brett Favre: 22
Tom Brady: 14
Drew Brees: 21
Eli Manning: 25
Mark Sanchez: 21
Philip Rivers: 28
Alex Smith: 18
Matt Hasselbeck: 13
Sam Bradford: 11
Josh Freeman: 24
Vince Young: 19
Donovan McNabb: 31.
Henne, with eight attempts, is either not going downfield enough or is being prevented from going downfield enough by the play-calling. Either way ... Not enough.
Either way ... not good enough.
If you have any other relevant numbers about the Miami offense you dig up, please share them with me and your fellow bloggers. List them in the comments section. I'm interested to see what you can come up with because, while numbers are not my forte, their meaning is sometimes interesting.