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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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Boulder, henning is doing a good job ,how many interception henne had this year ? henning going slow w/henne .it's an important job to see henne becomes the leader they want him to be .if henning call a play and the players screw it up ,what for him to do ?

marshall the 50 mill man didn't have more than 1 lousy TD IN 6 GAMES . he's not helping .

Henning better watch his back. Lately when Dolphin's brass says you are doing a good job, but everything else shows otherwise, it's not long before you are gone.

Aloco, I guess we disagree because I don't think henning is doing a good job with henne.
I also think the play calling is terrible. I've thought that since last year during the SanDiego game with the time management at the end. After that game I knew henning had to go. His play calling, time management etc... has lost us a few game the last couple of years.

man,they must smoke crack all day long before they all get up to the podium.lol

2watt,do you know how to cook scrambled eggs ?

Boulder, well , we disagree indeed .

Here's a number....


As in Big10. As in the type of team the screwballs in charge, want to change the Dolphins into.

The rest of the league, is more like the Big12......Spreading the ball around, capitalizing on speedy playmakers and moving the ball down the field, trying to make big plays.
We, on the the other hand, want to run the ol' Three Yards & A Cloud of Dust scheme, running headlong into defenders, throwing the ball down the field ten yards a shot, and being content with trying to win a game 17-14.
Sound like a good ol' Woody Hayes-Bo Schembechler donnybrook, huh?
How many guys have we drafted from the Big10 as of late, again?

Last year, TEN QBs threw for over 4,000 yards. This is a passing league now, Mum-Rah Henning.

odinseye, this is typical Sparano-speak, but you're right, it doesn't fare well for the squad. Sparano wouldn't EVER dis someone on the team to reporters, he won't do it. So I'd expect him to say, "Henning is a tremendous Coordinator." But, I wouldn't expect him to say the guy's doing a great job when we're in the middle or at the bottom of every offensive category. The fact that he's not (and we'll see over the next few games if he's quietly telling Henning to get his act together) really doesn't bode well for the team. It means the coaches believe they have the right strategy to win, when everyone can see they don't. Scary!

aloco i told you yes earlier. read the blog. stop haraxxing those moho's on the ss.lol

Here's two more numbers for you:7--"Check-down" Chad's jersey number--he looks afraid to throw down field;and 4:30pm--that's the time dinner is served at the retirement home--which is where Henning belongs!GO FINS!!!

Here's a number: 100,000. That's the number of brain cells that have died while I've been holding my breath for a Miami Dolphins SuperBowl appearance since the 80's. Thanks team!

Everyone is acting as though what happens before the red zone doesn't matter... so Henning's job is only to score TDs within the redzone? I think as much as he deserves criticism for some bad play calling in the red zone, he deserves credit for the play calling that got us there.

NJRICH- That's like saying you have a friend that goes on a lot of dates but never gets laid. Why go on the date if your never going to get the prize? To be known as a nice guy? Screw that, get in the endzone and then he wil get some credit!

DC, big deal, I blow out more brian cells than that on a Thursday night drinking binge. Is it Thursday yet?


Even when their strategy works, it seems to keep the opponents, even weaker opponents, in the game till the end.

It has this year.

No room for error, especially in the 4th.


We all know Sporano can't, or at least won't dis Henning to the media.

Still I agree with you. With all the gibberish and bullshyt that comes out of Tony's pressers, he was pretty clear in praising Henning and pointing the finger at the players.

I mean these two numbnuuts preach the team concept as coaches should, but then throw the players under the bus that they don't even know how to drive? C'mon MAN!

Your comment cuts right to the bone:

." But, I wouldn't expect him to say the guy's doing a great job when we're in the middle or at the bottom of every offensive category.

The problem with this, whether or not it's just lip service, is that the players can only interpret it one way.

So while Henning is obviously in over his head, Sporano backs him and throws team unity to the wind.

When the Bay of Pigs fiasco unraveled over a multitude of reasons and failures, John F Kennedy went on national television and said "I'm the responsible officer in charge. Victory has a thousand fathers, defeat is an orphan".

Henning and Sporano are starting to show how classless they are. You ever hear of a guy making his own bed? Tony's making his own guillotine, because when it's all said and done and at the end of the day, it's his head that's going in the chocks.

You know what coach I wish we had..Jeff Fisher. Every year, this guy takes a group of no-names, and turns them into a stout defense. On offense, he's working with a young QB too. Yet EVEN Young gets a chance to play the way he wants to. Fisher KNOWS how to get a team ready to play a season. Year in, year out, Tennessee is in the mix.

Look at Philly. Kolb, even younger and more inexperienced than Henne, gets to wing the ball down the field. Even when D. Jackson goes out the game, he STILL is given the green light to throw passes downfield to the other WR. Henne's inexperience is NO reason to handcuff the guy. Actually, I think he's learning. There were at least 2 plays (I think the Bess TD was one of them) where Henne killed a play at the line. THAT'S what I want to see more of. Henning calls a run. The ENTIRE d line is up to stop it, Henne, F*** the coach, do what you KNOW is right and change the play. When you keep doing it, and it works in your favor, maybe Henning will back off and let you have more decision-making in the calls. If that old geezer can't see it from his perch in the booth, then take the responsibility from him and handle it yourself. Because, I'm telling you Chad, this guy (Henning) can RUIN your career. If you're benched by Miami, it'll be hard for you to get a starting job anywhere else (see Cleo Lemon and Daunte Culpepper, even though he started a couple games for Detroit last year). You better get involved in playcalling or else you might find yourself playing baseball like Pat White (while Henning coaches into his 80's).

I have also grown a bit suspicious of the John Jerry situation. He has been declared "Healthy" for 2 weeks straight. His weight is correct after (supposedly) losing several pounds do to his (Supposed) illness.
Look, I am a 100% all team guy. I have stood behind the Management for 21/2 years now, but certain things have become "Habitual"... Players all of the sudden get these "Mystery Illnesses" and end up on the pine or in Cleveland. WHY?... would Miami not play Jerry in place of Pat McQuistan..? After all... Jerry IS a freakin 3rd round pick. Add that to players who are now long gone and I see a situation that is not a "One time fluke"...some one gets their panties in a knot and places GOOD players on the outs for personal vengence... if that is NOT the case... then what's the deal?
I did watch the Pittsburgh game again. Three players failed on plays costing Miami dearly in the red zone. Incognito was BLOWN UP 2 times on Runs so bad he was dropped in front of Henne's feet, And Joe Berger was Annihilated by Casey Hampton on another couple of plays. Polite was beaten soundly on plays he made last year...WHY?... Our blocking on runs is falling off badly...WHY? Yes. Ronnie and Ricky are as slow as Next Christmas... but having guys in the backfield on 7 run plays ain't gonna make it... Once again... Henning calls these plays... if they are NOT working, ya gotta do something different... its called "ADJUSTING" and Miami(Henning) SUCKS at it...

What if i told you a year ago we would have a QB in his 2nd year starting that would throw for 3,800 yards with 21 tds 13 INTs and a chance to get better, would you take it?

Hmmm, that's what Henne is on pace for. Those numbers are better than the magical Chad Pennington season of 2008 when you throw in the strength of schedule and Henne's inexperience.

You would think Henne is the next John Beck the way some of the discussion is going on in here.

Incognito looked like someone shot a cannonball at him when james Harrison ran into him. it was too funny.

i've been very concerned about the qb situation since i witnessed 18 full practices in person in davie in august. i told mando and blogged in august that henne can't seem to move the team even in practice. his body language is lacking confidence;he plays very stiff (some say like a programmed robot). in practice almost every pass play was a checkdown or batted down. it almost ruined my vacation. we didnt even try many 25 yd passes in practice. penne looks like a qb and leads like a qb(but his arm is gone). thigpen actually looked the best and was full of energy being a mobile qb. the trifecta annointed henne without him winning the qb competition. lets take the handcuffs off henne and see if he's the qb of the future. maybe he is;i just havent seen it. oh a sidenote; our offense is big and slow(v.carey is bad)

No news flash here. It's bad enough conservative play is in our coaches DNA.

Then, the 2008 season had to happen.

Loved the season, but it gave these guys all the proof they need.

greg z,

Give it some time.

If Thomas Edison gave up this quick on waiting for the light bulb to come on,

There would be no night games.

I need to lighten up somehow. I guess I'll resort to the usual and burn up some brain cells myself.

I feel sorry for our offensive players. They get called up to the offices for a meeting. They got their game faces on, ready to get after it.

Then the smell of prune juice and mothballs walks into the room.


I acknowledge there are problems, but if you look at the offense in terms of yards per game - we rank 13th.

That is better than:

NY Jets
New England

One could even argue that if officials knew how to handle a goaline play or if the special teams was better than a high school level - nobody would be as depressed as we are right now.

Here's how bad it's become:

I just added my first Dolphins starter to my fantasy team...DAN CARPENTER! Hell, if we're just gonna kick FGs then I might as well win while I'm losing.

DC, I might consider some Dolphins skill position players to your team. Cincy is 20th overall in defense, 22 versus the run, 19th versus the pass. We haven;t faced a defense this soft since .... new England. So as long our special teams keeps it together ....

Start Henne, marshall, Bess, Ricky, even Ronnie. Let's go!!!!!


Honestly, what took you so long on Carpenter?

Too busy looking for rusty nails?

I'm trying to see the glass half full here, anyone??

The Dolphins went toe to toe with the big, bad, Steelers and beat them. Some of this negative stuff seems out of proportion. We've proven we can beat anybody in the league. This is definitely a wildcard season, and who knows where it goes from there. True we don't have a true speedster to stretch the field anymore, but we're a pretty good team without one. I'm optimistic.

Good for you nc, I still see 10 wins in the season myself. may not be good enough for the playoffs but still better than last year.

Mark, I have Ronnie AND Ricky (thanks auto picks). Started both of them maybe once this year. They're getting beat out by two rookies (Jahvid Best and Dexter McCluster). I wouldn't dare start either of them rest of the season until they show me they deserve it (almost dropped Ricky, fortunately Shonn Greene worse than him).

Ut, I know, I'm slippin'. I have Nugent (Cincy's kicker), but checked it out and saw Dan the Man had more fantasy points. So, why not go with the home team (isn't that support)?!?


I'm sure if Lousaka would have executed better he would have got the first down on third and 18 in Minnesota.

That's probably why Henning didn't call his number on 2nd or 3rd down from the 2 yard line. Yeah buddy, it's all about execution.

We need to get in field goal range with our two minute offense? Hey the fullback is always useful in the two minute drill, YeHaw.

Execution? Are you kidding me? In six games I can write a 1000 page novel on how we've misused the fullback ALONE!

I got 2 sequels in the works on Marshall and Henne.

Shotgun???? Get the F_ck out of here!

Audibles???? Sporano won't even defy "The Senile" one and you expect a 2nd year Quarterback to do it?

Thanks alot you rat fink Bill Parcells. Just when we really need someone with power to drop the boom you jump ship and scurry away with all the cheeze. F_cking RODENT!

we'll see as the season progresses. I do think we are getting a wildcard slot. We've played some very good teams with league-leading defenses. Who would have thought we'd be 3-0 on the road at this point? Why compare offensive stats with teams who haven't played the Jets or Steelers D? Come on. We are good, and there are a bunch of wins on the way.

heres some numbers Armando, 1-2 in division play(thank god for the bills)1-3 in AFC conference play,-0-3 VERSUS PLAYOFF OPPONENTS IN regards to afc picture,0-3 at home(Pathetic) this team is what it is and that is a team with absolutely no IDEA on what they are for the year but so far a pretty mediocre one by the looks of it.

nc/Mark, I love your positivity, but get off the junk if you think we're going anywhere NEAR playoffs at 10 wins. First of all, we're 3rd, IN OUR DIVISION, so any Wildcard would be won by NE (who's beat us already). 2nd, we play every team in the North, if Steelers win the division, and we lose to Balt or Cincy, kiss any Wildcard hopes away.

Fine, if you guys want to say the glass if half full, cool. But c'mon. We're not making the Playoffs (as you SHOULD know if you've watched the AFC the last few years) UNLESS we win 11 games. And that means 3 more losses and we're toast. So let's rah-rah and hope we win this week, but please don't talk about 10 wins or us going anywhere. The team needs to win a home game, that's what I'm hoping for. Not 10 wins.

I still think everyone needs to stay the course with this team and these coaches. We just played a stretch of games against 4 very tough defenses in 6 games! Pittsburgh allows 13.8 points per game and we scored 22 on them. The Jets allow 16.8 per game and we scored 23 on them. We still have a very reasonable chance of going 5-3 to start the season... which anyone with half a brain would have been thrilled with when they first saw the schedule.

playoffs???seriously playoffs????playoffs???u dont need jim mora to tell u that this team is far from postseason aspirations ppl, hey, great to have dreams but right now this team is not ready for the playoffs, they cant even beat a team at home right now, hell i dont know any game on our schedule thats a gimme for miami at this point.

I don't care if they make the playoffs or not, that isn't the make or break for me this year with a starting qb in his first full year of action. i just want to see significant progress. if we win 10 and miss out, i can live with that - as long as they come back next year and win 12.

I'm just looking for them to win more than last year, so 8-8 is a win for me.

Talk to y'all later. At least my bowling team's winning tonight!!

Here are some numbers...
24- Offensive Penalties. The least penalized team in the league. That is a sign of good coaching.

342- Yard per game. That is 13th in the league and better than the Jets and Patriots. Some of that would have to be due to playcalling I would assume, no?

45.9%- 3rd down conversion rate. That is 2nd in the league. Some of that would have to be due to playcalling I would assume, no?

im just looking forward to having dan henning removed from the OC position at some point this year.....FORCEFULLY if possible!!!And for a head coach to actually show more emotion in games other than fist pumping FG's!!!!

DC, they win 8 easily. 2nd half WILL be a lot easier.

Some of you guys are missing the point.

Our offense isn't that bad, our players aren't that bad, however, Henning is the guy in charge and there ain't no way around it.

When we announced Henning was going to be our OC, I posted NO! NO! NO!.

I took alot of heat from posters and we went 11-5 so I HAD to STFU.........for awhile.

As soon as Pennington went down, I started posting it again. What I posted then was with Pennington and the wildcat Hennings deficiencies would be well masked. The better and more complete our offense becomes, the more Hennings senility will be exposed.

I love this team. I love MOST of the offensive players we got. I think they COULD kick some a s s. It's all for naught as long as Hennings ancient a s s is here.

Now Sporano is going to praise this idiot to the press? Sorry guys, I'm as big of an idiot as the next guy, but I ain't retarded.

It's going to be a long season of fist pumps and despair!

You know what those translate into NJRICH, 10 TDS thus far, not more than one offensive TD in 5 games. And how many conversions were failed inside the redzone this, we have to be one of the worst in that regards. Not to mention defensively we have to be one of the best at giving away 3rd and longs this season. Color it up all you want with stats, coaching and execution is off. And Pats and Wets are in first place by 2 games, the most important stat that matters last time i checked!!!!


Your post would be fine if it read "DESPITE THE PLAYCALLING".

Looking forward to the draft!!!!

yea in 2012!!!!when the lockouts over!!!!(Maybe)

I will now undress
Take a few purple pills
With a banana and a cucumber

Be back LATER fellow Herald Bloggers

Mark, i couldnt disagree with you more about our schedule being easier, nothing in the way the fish have played thus far has been easy even against bad teams like buffalo on the road. Cleveland just smacked down the aints at their house and detroit has lost some pretty tough nail biters this year so their no cake walk, and the raiders can always show up once in a while against teams like the chargers at home so trust me, MIAMI does not have it easy and 8-8 is not a given this year.


I basically agree.

However, our defense would look alot better if our offensive co-ordinator wasn't so content with field goals.

Want to make a pool and saee how long it will take Henning to start pointing his knarly decrepid old fingers at the defense and it's coaches?

Were down by a score with one play left before halftime. Sporano asks Henning, "Want to try a hail mary to Brandon Marshall?"

Henning: "Hell no, Hail Marys don't get you field goals"! It's just too risky, one of their guys could run it back a 109 yards for a score, then we would three field goals! Stick with me Tony, I'll show you how it's done.

Who care's about the draft, With Dan(The Zombie)Henning Calling plays, and Tony(Shades)Sparano Head coaching you could give the fins the 1st five picks and it's 8 and 8 again, Let's make a change... Sorry if I hurt any feelings....

*lol* at ODIN, better yet when sparano asked him about a hail mary play, henning was probably thinking
2 shots Vodka 2 cups Orange Juice 1 dash Grenadine 5 drops Tabasco® Sauce 1 Egg , ***already got mine ready coach****!!!!


Dan Henning has got me so far out of touch with my feelings, I wouldn't know if you hurt them or not...............................

LMAO At Super fan....

cuban, do you think our coaches eat frozen food or fresh food at home ?

Man, we need a live blog chat with henning already armando?? make it happen, tell that old goat to fire up that IBM compatible and to stop using those damn typewriter class antiques. WES ALL HAVES MUCH TO SAYS TO HIMS!!!

Mark in Toronto, agree with you 100%. Second half is much easier. I said 5-3 in the first 8 and 6-2 last half. 5-3 is gonna be tough since it means beating both Cincy and Baltimore at their home. Sorry to all you naysayers but a 10 win season isnt out of reach.

it's the coaching and play calling. they suck. need to get some established coaches here who want to win now. do whatever it takes to put a super bowl caliber team out on the field.

superPHIN is a funny goat .

Super, the chat would have to be early in the afternoon, Remember seniors go to the Early bird specials at restaurants around 4 and are in bed around 7,8 o'clock, Though there is a window for a chat with dan, Old people wake up at 5 am every morning, but the only person up at that time is Home, which tells you Home has gotta be about 70, 75 years old....lol...

they are going to finish 6-10, that will seal sparanos fate and henning's. ireland will be next after that.

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