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Some numbers about the Dolphins offense

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.


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cowkilla, i thought he ties the note to a pteradactyl's leg like mr. slate's secretary in the flinstones??


DC is even more down on the team today than anytime this year. After reading the blog for the last few days, hearing Mando's reporting, and knowing what I know about the Miami coaching staff, I'm not upbeat on us turning anything around. Funny thing, we could go on a 6-game win streak (fairly) easily if we were putting the pieces together correctly. Toughest opponent would be Balt, but they're slumping, and the defense looks human for once (even though Reed got back in the lineup, and he's Miami's nemesis when we play them). 9-3 in Dec. would be a great place to be, but I know I'm dreaming.

Let's face facts, because we're not 1-5, Sparano won't feel like things have regressed to the point where everything's on the table. He won't change much because he's a new coach, in a shaky situation now that Parcells is gone, and if he sticks his neck out too much and we keep losing, he'll know his job is on the line. Plus, the other coaches are conservative and won't want to totally switch things up in hopes of winning. They'll basically think if the players can be more consistent, we'll keep winning by 2-3 points, and that's fine with them.

I agree Mark
Miami is built to keep games close. And win at the end. But they aren't coached that way. They had the jets against the ropes and couldn't knock them out. I don't think I'll ever forget that game. For me, it ranks up there with the monday night game. HENNING HAS GOT TO GO !!!!

In a division with dynamic teams (NE/Jets), it's completely IDIOTIC to build yourself to keep games close and win in the end. If you blew up your team at it's lowest point, and have the understanding of your organization and fans that you're rebuilding the team, why not build a SUPERIOR team to handle ALL foes and win convincingly? Why keep such a close margin for error? I don't understand that thinking (by the coaches).

It's like GM has problems, almost goes bankrupt. So, it rebuilds itself, by remaking...the Chevy Nova! Huh, makes no sense right? Why not knock the socks off of people by remaking the Corvette, or the Charger or something, a new Cadillac or something that will turn heads. That's what Miami's thinking is like to me. Makes no sense.

DC, I think Ed Reed got reinjured in the game last week - he may be gone.

phinsfan - So right.

i guess my main frustration with this year is that the administration let go of some good, veteran, useful players and replaced them with, hm, well, nothing. Ireland's first year in charge has been awful.

Marques Douglas, Jake Grove, Justin Smiley, Donald Thomas, and Charles Grant would all have been useful on this team for either part of the year until they were injured or on a part time basis. There is no cap, why cheap out here???

So I just watched Mike Mayocks breakdown of about 5 plays of our redzone offense on NFLnetwork.com..... I dont really like him but he really is saying everything we are about our offense. Not creative, not fooling anyone.... Just not trying.... Its nice to know i'm not (or we arent) a malcontent for no reason. So Mando, or anyone for that matter, can you tell me if there is actually a chance Henning gets fired during the season or at least turns the play calling over to Chad P.... Also henne did miss a WIDE OPEN TE in the back of the endzone in order to throw the ball out of bounds while under no pressure (its on the video) so much for progression improvement.

How long have I been saying this?? The Fins are the slowest team in the league. Even Buffalo is far faster on offense than us. Stop drafting these damn defensive players and get some explosive offensive players to aid this offense. Aging rb's who can't reach the 2nd or 3rd level and slow possession wr's(yes Hartline is slow) don't scare any one. This also make it impossive to gain chunks of yds. Our skill position players bore ppl to sleep. Fasano is a blocking te and should never catch a pass...slow..unathletic.

Mark, doesnt it seem like Ireland is more obssessed with finding sleepers than just getting known quantities..... Our first 2 picks were guys nobody ever heard of or had on their draft boards and would have been great picks in the 4th or 5th rounds, but 1st and 2nd? And yer right about just keeping Grant and Douglas and they would have been steals as well. Belicheck gets guys that everyone thinks are done, lets them play in situations to accentuate their strengths, and then once they are hurt or wore out trades them for draft picks. (Vrabel/Seymour/Moss) What do you think is gonna happen to the woodchuck kid who they got for nuthing and are gonna use him until ray lewis smacks him and it only cost them 300,000 or whatever, but they got 2 or 3 wins outta him... Jets do the same thing (Braylon edwards 4th rounder, santonio holmes 4th rounder) Dolphins 4th rounder EJ Edds....... I'm going to go weep now......I hate the Jets

I think so. In order to be able to honestly evaluate this team on both sides of the ball. They are going to have to get rid of the parasite known as Henning. And that needs to be done now. Plus their is a few OC out available for the right price.

I hope so, PhinsFan...... so here are my numbers for more on the subject of numbers.
40 Yard dash times:
Brian Hartline 4.49
DaVone Bess 4.64
Brandon Marshall 4.56
Marlon Moore 4.51 (si.com)
Roberto Wallace 4.48 (proday with the wind)

For Comparison :
Braylon Edwards 4.50 (si.com)
Santonio Holmes 4.35 MSNBC.com

I say Sparano and Ireland should take it personally when Henning lays the blame for failure on the players execution.

He's basically saying they have provided him with inferior talent.

Don't take that from Henning anymore, Tony. Tuna is gone.

Fist Pump Him Outa Here.

How about 1,2, and 6.

That's the ranking in terms of scoring defense for 3 of Miami's opponents this year (Pittsburgh is No. 1, Jets are No. 2 and the Vikings are No. 3).

Another number? 1

That's Miami's difficulty of schedule according to footballoutsiders.com

And one more; 31, as in ranked 31st in terms of starting field position (that ranking may have changed a little. I haven't looked it up in a week or two).

Miami certainly needs to improve on a lot of things offensively (redzone TDs, long passes, rushing TDs, rushing in general) but a lot of their woes have to do with the teams they're playing.

Here is a positive Stat for all you Negetative-Nancys.

Devone Bess 2nd most 3rd down receptions in the NFL with 15 receptions for 134 yards, 2TD, 10 first downs.

Well, I wouldn't go as far as to say that Odrick 9was going to be drafted by the jets) and Misi (highly rated and producing) were nobodies but you do have a point.

Ireland refers to some players as progress stoppers but I think he's been a pretty big progress stopper this year. Great to give the young guys the bulk of the load, but proven vets in part time roles can be very valuable if they are willing to play the part.

The Truth, you cant do it all at once. Our defense killed us last year and had to be rebuilt. To criticize the Trifecta for drafting defense this past draft makes no sense at all.

Hugo Guzman, so footballoutsiders.com rank the Fins as #1 toughest schedule??? The NFL ranks it 16th, mid pack. Sorry but I will take NFLs ratings over some guy who runs a website anyday. Second half of out season doent look hard at all.

Have you watched the games? because Miami would be 5-1 if it were not for Henning. And don't get me started on all the games he gave away last year. Did I mention that the loss to the jets still makes me sick. If I had more time I would give you some numbers from the last 3 mins of the games they have lost. Numbers that would prove HENNING MUST GO !!!!

al you guys trying hard to pin point all the mistakes but can't do it .it's football you win some and you lose some .

I have no statistics for the D-fence but I have watched every down of all 6 Miami games.

Every time we have had a 2nd or 3rd and long and our Defense goes into a rush 3 max coverage....Which happens at least 2 times per game. We give up the 1st down. It was the 40 yard gain to Hinse Ward this game.

We have so many glaring issues from our WEAK Offensive Play calling to our Red Zone offence. Its a wonder if we finish 8-8.

Please Replace Dan Henning.

More Numbers

15-3 The combined records of teams that we
lost to.
5-1 What our record would be with anyone
but Nolan calling the plays.

Nolan Must Go


What exactly should we be Positive-Pauls over? ALMOST beating Pittsburgh? Being the best 3-3 team in the league? Having the toughest schedule and still batting .500? Dude, I'm all for supporting my team, especially on game day, but when they make the types of mistakes they've made this year, and it's more on coaching and philosophy than the personnel, and injuries right now (compared to other teams) is negligible, well, that's more than infuriating, it's frustrating. In '07, sure, it was the personnel, we didn't have anyone. In '08, it was a light schedule. '09 was a complete meltdown end of season. This was supposed to be the year that the excuses went out the window. The coaching staff was in place, they got great free-agents, had an ok draft class, no off-the-field issues (besides Merling), everything was supposed to be smooth. This was the year to really see what the Trifecta has done. And while I don't think it's a total failure, I do think they (the coaches) are underperforming, not overperforming. And that's not a happy thought, doesn't exude confidence in the team or the organization.

We're sick of middle of the road, WE WANT EXCELLENCE!

As an opposing defensive coordinator the plan is simple. Give the Phins all the underneath stuff they want. Teams know that we cannot run the ball in the redzone, so the can play an umbrella coverage and keep everything in front of the sticks. If our guys make a play(like Bess this week,and Bong Pipe, Bess week 3)they can live with it. Defenses are betting that they can hold us to field goals. We seem to move the ball fine in areas of the field where the defense is streched. when it shrinks is when we have been at our worst.

October 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm
Mike E . i’ve seen it much to often where guys/friends join the gym together and then 1 or more bail/quit on certain friend when they start staring at each other. then they’re stuck , at my Jim,"jim,my male hooka", i have employess who are responsible for giving rim jobs and spotting members among their duties. If you and your family lived near me . i would make you join the JIM , at a family discount of course

How about looking into this. How many times does the offense send more than 3 receivers on a passing play (including RB and TE). Its always max protect so you have 6 guys covering 3.

On some plays last week we even sent out 1 or two receivers. This is the NFL not high school.

Of course you guys can come to my house where I can swallow your load since I have nothing better to do then read the SS blog and come back to report here

Hey I got a number...0

That's the number of Super Bowls the Dolphins will win if they keep up those trends. I really don't get how you go and get argueably the best receiver in the league and he has one bleepin' TD! I thought Henne was supposed to have this big arm? They need to let it fly. What do they have to lose?

I believe there is no possible way to overlook Dan Henning in these matters. He is the ONLY one who seems to divert any responsibility away from himself (fairly common among the guilty)... and he is the one that has ultimate control of the Offense.
I have heard Henning blame execution, but how are you going to blame execution when the plan is flawed? Its like blaming a mechanic for the car not running when your too cheap to buy gas...
The idea of building a team that wants to win by the skin of its teeth every time it plays is in its self...Flawed. It leaves -ZERO- room for error... and when you have a team FULL of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year players... I'm sorry, but ERROR is going to happen and happen often.

Until Henning is gone... we are an 8-8 team that has 11-5 talent on the roster.

los, they've got lots to lose by letting it fly. Dan Henning's reputation as a run-first OC for one. And also, if they let it fly, they may get too far up on a team, maybe win games by 3, maybe 4 TDs. That would be bad for Henning. He'd rather win a game by the skin of his teeth, not like a sissy by multiple TDs. And then, if we start playing lights out offense, people would say it's because of Brandon Marshall. And Henning can't take that (see how he came over to Fasano to tout the play call he had). Henning is the only one who can get credit for the offense on a Dan Henning team.

So, you see, the "let it fly" philosophy you're pushing is just way too much for Henning to handle. You must be smokin' the good stuff if you think he'll accept that. No way Jose. It's all about 10 first downs, 8 min drives down the field, 20 plays a drive. Chunk yards, WHAT?!?

I recommend Mayock's play-by-play breakdown of what we did in 3 trips (9 plays) in RedZone......I know many of y'all cannot stand Mayock, but his analysis is spot on & indisputable when you see the video he plays...............the play calls & pass routes in the RedZone were totally lame

Michigan Fin- I thought that as well, and this last game it was not the case. I paid close attention to this because to your point, it was driving me nuts. The running backs were running little flair routes, sometimes with a chip. Untill the last drive because the protections were good, we didn't need max protection, and if you noticed we moved the ball great. Untill we got into the redzone. So on a lot of plays we actually had 4, sometimes 5 eligible recievers in a route

I recommend hammering a rusty nail through the head of your penis. It's much more fun than watching a Dan Henning-run offense.

throw the dang ball long already! if its a pick its a punt, not that terrible.

A receiver of Marshall's caliber is ALWAYS open.


cincy 2 pt favorite. i think this is a game that miami can win. but owens and ocho could kill us deep if we dont get pressure

so sick of sprmoron covering for garbage henning. both should go

Bring back DON SHULA. He is the ONLY coach we ever had that had a system designed around his players strengths not a specific system forced onto players that can't execute it. TS is not fit to coach a middle school team let alone the NFL.

Number of home game wins this season = 0
Number of TDs from the $50 million man = 1
Our divisional ranking = 3
Getting rid of Henning = priceless

Yea lets dig up Don Shulas old ass,thats the ticket. Christ, some of u are really fken amazing.

Armando: at the next press conference can you ask Sparano how confident is he with Henning's play calling?
Of course he'll say something positive (and most likely blame it on execution); but if he's not wearing sunglasses, his eyes and body language can say a lot. Thanks

DC, man, self circumcision, now this, stop mutilating yur member because of the DOlphins!

I have YET to disagree with anything bill_cnnrs has said in the last 3-4 days. That's how low my feelings have gotten about the team's "near" future.

Bill, you've inspired depression through the ranks man.

Dying Breed , can i swallow your load and vice versa ?.

thosr number just reinforce that hening needz to go. nfl analysts all say if you constantly tell your young qb to not mae mistakes and reat them wth kid gloves then they will play tentatiely. thats whats happening with henne. also the game has passed henning by. his play caling lacks any creativity. most plays are easily read by opposing defenses. ths offense wont thrive til henning is gone

LOL Mark, pretty soon I'll have a bearded clam!

Just watched hennes press conference. He's not the brightest bulb in the box.

DC Dolfan: if our highest rank is in field goal, then I suggest we draft Gus the Wonder Mule to kick from 90 yards away. With Henning's play calling, we'll need to score 40 pts. in field goals.

Mando you forgot the number 3. Three is quite possibly the most important number of all. It is of course how many road wins we have this year and also how many home losses we have. But most importantly three is the position we are in in our own division! With the AFC the way it is third in the division means the dolphins will be watching the playoffs rather than being a part of them. 3 its the most important number not mentioned!

Sparano just said dan henning does a tremendous job!!
Maybe Sparano's stupidity is the problem for not seeing henning a terrible OC

mark, circumcision is a clean method to keep you healthy and clean .

DC, beware the Dirty Sanchez or the DOnkey Punch


Yes ALoco, but leave it to the professionals!

Boulder, henne's rating is 86 and the coach is right Henne IS DOING A NICE JOB IN his first year as a starter. he should get a lot of credit not jokes from people like you sitting on their sofa all day directing the world.

i love my dolphins .

Yes, Dan Henning has done a tremendous job - in FAILING!

That's it, I just lost confidence in Sparano.

Alco sparano said henning is doing a tremendous job not henne.

Also henne's average rating is 86 for the whole game. But his rating during the 4th quarter of every game averages in the 50's. So he's much worst in the 4th quarter and probably better than 86 during the first 3 quarters.

every body agree we are a great team .
every agree we need to tweak our offense .
every body agree we have nice coach
every body agree the tuna did great for miami

i love my dolphins

BTW Alco I don't sit on my couch directing the world. I have a job. If I do good at my job I get to keep it. If I don't I get fired.
I'm just asking the dolphins to do the same thing with their employees.

I don't think the problem is with Henne, it's with Henning. The play calling has been horrendous,

Wonder what Dez Bryant would look like opposite the Beast...and actually returning kicks...

Oh, wait, his mom was a ho...Can't have that


Any news on John Jerry?

Some radioheads up here in NY are saying that Henne is missing wide open opportunities down field and he refuses to look deep and prefers the dink and dunk. Seems that's what Sanchez did last yr. Maybe a color coded sleeve would serve Henne well.

I'm one of the few Henne defenders here, but even I want him to stretch the field and put a fear in the DB's! I know Hennings play calling is curious at best but Henne needs to make those deep throws when they are called. Perfect example was the Vikings game where the first pass was to Marshall and it connected.

The problem I See is, Sparano keeps telling the kid to protect the ball ad nauseum, meanwhile criticizing him for miss opportunities.

Numbers are all fine and dandy except when we realize this team can't run the ball and we are gonna sink or swim with Henne and unfortunately I think we're gonna sink without the balance.

I tend to believe in towing the company line. Sometimes however, like when there is a giant grey senile elephant in the room, you have to cross the line.

My confidence and respect levels for Tony Sporano just took a dive.

Sporano claims to be a numbers guy. Well then look at the numbers SPORANO. Between the 30's we move the ball as well as ALMOST anybody in the league. Yet we're the worst their is in the redzone, Hmmmmmmmm. Execution my a s s!

Don't get your hopes up people. Sparano could veto Henning's playcalls, but he'll NEVER do it. Think about it. Henning is a legend in his own mind, egotistical and narcissistic. Sparano on the other hand has coaced at Coneticut. The second Sporano even questions one of Hennings playcalls all hell would break loose. Until Sporano feels the heat nothing will change.

I always thought Sporano was/could be the right guy, given the right situation. BUT, now that he's hitching his wagon onto the senile elephant, I can't wait for the both of them to ride off into the sunset of senilty together.

To borrow one from Rich McKay, My teams execution? NAW, I'd rather execute a couple of coaches!!!!

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