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How other teams scored from red zone 41 times Sunday

The Dolphins had three red zone trips on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. They scored one touchdown and settled for two field goals.

So drives that could have been maximized for three touchdowns, 21 points, resulted in only 13 points.

That is a big deal when one considers this game was decided by one point.

So, again, why are the Dolphins not maximizing? Why are they not cashing in?

I've stopped looking to the Dolphins for answers.

I'm looking elsewhere -- like the rest of the NFL. And in the NFL on Sunday the rest of the league scored 41 red zone touchdowns.

Of those 41 touchdowns, 13 were scored when quarterbacks hooked up with wide receivers for the six-pointers. Quarterbacks found their tight ends for 11 of those 41 red zone touchdowns. And quarterbacks connected with running back for three red zone passing touchdowns.

All told, of the 41 red zone touchdowns scored by teams not named the Miami Dolphins or Cleveland Browns, 27 came via the pass. So teams that got into the end zone once they reached the red zone did it by passing 65 percent of the time.

The running scores?

Running backs scored on runs nine times. Quarterbacks had touchdown runs five times.

So what does all this mean?

It's quite clear, really.

The most important player in the red zone is the quarterback. On Sunday, the quarterback threw a touchdown or scored himself 32 of the 41 red zone successes teams had. The wide receiver is obviously the next most productive player for teams in the red zone and the tight end is not very far behind him.

But here's the problem: The players manning those positions for the Dolphins are not delivering in the red zone.

Yesterday, for example, quarterback Chad Henne completed 65.5 percent of his passes for the game. But inside the red zone he completed only 2 of 5 passes for a 40 percent completion rate. He also broke a team red zone rule by taking a sack. (Obviously, that may or may not have been something he could have avoided.)

Brandon Marshall had four catches for 43 yards yesterday, which by the way is not very good at all. Anyway, Marshall was worse in the red zone. He was unable to beat one-on-one coverage from Joe Haden and his lone red zone pass went incomplete.

That pass, by the way, was catchable. Yes, it would have been an outstanding catch, but those are the kind of catches big-time receivers are supposed to deliver. Marshall did not. And don't take my word for it. The pictures, sent in by this blog's rising screen grab specialist Justin Reardon, show the play in all its inglorious outcome:

Marshall redzone1 
Above Marshall has practically no separation, but the ball is headed right to his hands. It's a good throw.

Marshall redzone2 
Now the ball is in Marshall's hands. Joe Haden is still trying to bat it in the air, but it's too late. The DBs only hope now is batting it from Marshall's grasp or having Marshall drop it.

Marshall redzone3 
Well, Haden can stop hoping to bat it from Marshall's grasp because it's in the guy's hands. Now he has to hope Marshall simply drops the ball.

Marshall redzone4 
And that is exactly what happens. As Haden whiffs, Marshall has let the ball go through his hands. Incomplete. No touchdown.

Davone Bess was targetted once in the red zone. He wasn't really open. Anthony Fasano was targetted once in the red zone. Nothing.

Fasano is of particular interest to me. The tight end, you see, is supposed to make his money in the red zone. He needs to be a presence there and that point is made in the stats I related above. Tight ends are supposed to be major red zone weapons.

Fasano is not. Hmmm, this is more evidence the Dolphins need that upgrade at tight end the team still refuses to do.

Finally, I'd say the Dolphins might think of using their RBs more as weapons in the red zone. Their red zone success Sunday came on a screen pass to Daniel Thomas that turned into a 10-yard score. Thomas also carried three times in the red zone for 8 yards. The running plays yielded modest return, but what about using the RBs as receiving weapons?

Isn't Reggie Bush supposed to be this big mismatch with linebackers whenever he's on the field? Why not use him?

Obviously, I'm not a coach and do not pretend to be one. But I have eyes. And what Miami has been doing so far doesn't equal necessarily what the rest of the league is doing.

The positions that are producing the big red zone success elsewhere aren't doing that in Miami. That's a problem.

On many levels.


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Your probably right about the GM and the HC realionship. I just want him gone as much as I wanted Mueller gone.

We're called the Dolphins. Not even the Fightin' Dolphins, or the Devil Dolphins, or the Ill-Tempered Dolphins. And our logo is a ...Dolphin. He's not even jumping INTO the sun ... just a pretty backdrop. Yeah it sucks. But the logo is the only one that the NFL can stick beside an undefeated-superbowl winning year. Add another Superbowl win too. And a couple of SB visits (2nd placers). Strangely it's still better than the Browns. hate to see any logo they come up with besides a color. Oh well. We'll survive. But I'm up for changing it. I even sent what I thought was a cool spped dolphin trailing sun-fire behind him to the team. Nada.

Guys, there are 5 teams 0-3, including us! One of them is the Colts, can you imagine Luck going to them, it could happen. Manning comes back and they have Luck as well!

Has Shanahan solved Snyder's riddle?


Let's assume that there are 5 teams that are all o-16 and the Fins are in that 5...

We need to also consider WHO gets the #1 pick and all that has to come together for the Fins to get it.

Yeah.. Wouldent that be something if Luck went to the Colts.

Maybe Sean Lee has solved Shanahan's riddle!

NY G, my point exactly!

Why would ANYONE want Bill Cowher running things? It took him forever to win anything in Pittsburgh. Haven't we already been rooked by the "this coach won a SB somewhere else so he'll definitely do the same thing here" tease?

Hey LUCK wishers, here's a thought. Although Mr. Luck would undoubtedly be the pinnacle of hope for next year's draft, this draft will have several quality QBs. By no means is missing out on Luck translating into a loss. Barkley is a solid, and comparable, and more consistant than Carson Palmer. Landry Jones looks very solid, probably a top 5 pick. Small step down, and you have guys like Weedon from OSU. Reminds me a lot of Sam Bradford, but can scramble. Kellen Moore might be underrated, and a steal somewhere (I'd still prefer the other 4 I mentioned). We'll get a good QB, possibly franchise pro-bowler next draft if we can get into the top 10. Not condoning the losing effort, but it does seem very possible and likely that we could wind up there.

I'd hedge a bet that Harbaugh and S.F. manage to grab Luck by a number of trades or picks. Harbaugh wants him bad. Whoever they trade with might end up with some epic-insane amount of value. Could be interesting, and maybe worth someone's time to field Mr. Harbaugh's offer. Wonder if it will be us.

They stink.

If 30 teams scored 41 red zone touchdowns, that means at the absolute most, 11 teams scored two touchdowns in the red zone. Miami's one -- and especially its 0.5 of a touchdown on that Marshall drop -- puts it dead average.
Not saying we're good in the red zone. It needs work, like every other facet of the offense. But you need to check your math. One-for-three is not actually worse than the rest of the league. Find a different way to illustrate your point, there are myriad.

Henne did more than enough to win the game. He was almost perfect in the first half and yet the team only scored one TD.

He can't be expected to throw catch and run with the ball...

When your star receiver drops a sure TD and your million dollar running back fumbles twice you need to place the blame somewhere else.

Please give up on this losing team. They only bring you heartache and crushed spirits.

Turn to Jesus, repent of your sins, and trust in him for eternal life.

Jesus 1
Miami 0

This is the 3rd time with Marshall in the endzone in 3 games.
What does Marshall have to say about it?

Reverse Flash Mob!!

Get on facebook and tell everyone to go anywhere but the Miami game whenever their next home game is.

If you have to go, don't buy any food or drinks.

Make a statement for once in your life. Show the Dolphin FO you think they suck. Let all 6 Denver Bronco fans have the stadium seating to themselves.

Reverse Flash Mob!!

What exactly has Brandon Marshall done for Miami?

He has more dropped TD's this year than he has actual scores (1 TD).

I think the Dolphins should bench Marshall and play Moore and Wallace they're a lot quicker and have better hands.

tj....the logo and colors are part of our history. If you don't like them, maybe you need to shop around for something you do like.

Only the second time I've been here and posted since Sept. 9th. That goes to show how disenfranchised I really feel about this organization. What is there to talk about when the subject stinks?

I spent an hour reading ya'll's posting, and understand the majority of griefs.

But, totally funked by the posters that are more worried about the team uniform; or wishfully thinking Luck is a cure; and/or, every great coach is just dying to jump off the commentator bandwagon to save us...

This organization is rat infested.

Aqua and coral

henne does not believe he is going to throw the TD...or put together the winning drive. the colts' 3rd string QB last night showed more guts and moxy! time for moore...so done with empty statistics. we just need a winner.

By Greg Cote

Quarterbacks rise or fall in moments like this, and take entire teams and entire cities with them. Reputations are defined, for better or worse. Men become known as winners and leaders, or as something else.

It was all right there for Chad Henne

The game was his

The time was his.

The situation was right.

The Dolphins had the football 47 yards from the Cleveland goal line Sunday but only needed one first down, two at most, for a game-winning field goal. Henne had 43 seconds and a timeout to work with. In the right hands, that’s a lot.

“We could have won the game, with plenty of time left and a timeout,” receiver Brian Hartline would say Monday in a locker room so quiet you could hear the click of tiles as teammates played dominoes.

Henne could have been a hero for a team, and a head coach, and a fan base, so hungry for one of those to step forward.

Instead: Incomplete. Incomplete. Incomplete. Interception.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/26/2426614/miami-dolphins-chad-henne-not.html#ixzz1Z7DLqeZT

WTF these idiots don't know to use Reggie, I mean c'man, running Reggie in the middle is ludricous, I mean Peyton at least knew what to do. Put this guy out on the permimeter and big plays will come, ane Marsharll needs to check his frickin hands and catch a frickin TD... Frickin idoits!!!

Henne turned over the lead to the D with 2 mins left.
Don't put this loss on Henne.

Silly? Maybe to some but then again I like the original colors and fight song. But I guess that's 'old fashioned' just like expecting our Miami Dolphins to win on Sunday is.

Silly? Maybe to some but then again I like the original colors and fight song. But I guess that's 'old fashioned' just like expecting our Miami Dolphins to win on Sunday is.


I know...

Guys, I don't really like Cote's blogs and articles...but his most recent one "Chad Henne, not ready to be a hero", pretty much sums it up. It is a non sugar coated view of our team as it stands, most of the stories content is true. Take a minute and give it a read.... I think it's right on.

I would like to see more French-American players such as A.J. Duhe and Brett Favre.



Bring yourself up to date.
There's a conspiracy from ownership on down to tank for Luck.
Everyone knows about it!!

Get it together man.

PriceMaster... Yes and no... I'm not putting it all on Henne, it was a coaching and team loss for sure.. But Henne had the game in his hands... 48 seconds, one timeout, and a short field to setup for a game winning FG... QB's live for a situation like that...what did Henne do...all incompletions and a hope killing INT. I ask you, would Matt Ryan, Brady, Rapistburger, Rivers, Breese, etc.. Would any of these guys blow it like that..no, 9 times out of 10 they win the game. The last 4 years have been the same with Henne and this team...had Henne gotten better..i say yes...but is he our future...no, he is a future backup QB period.

If we had better coach's and an elite QB this team would be really good... You can love Henne all you want and defend him..you'll be cheering for another team next year because he won't be here...everyone can see that he just doesn't have "it". He's that career backup guy nothing more. Like I said, yes he's improved...but at year 4 he should be way beyond where he is. I know our coaching doesn't help...but plug Henne into NE offense and he will perform the same as he does here...like a backup QB.
By the way... Fire Sparano, and Ireland now!
Rob Ryan for HC !

DevilsAdv. Greg Cote's article was dead on! Thanks for posting part of it!!!!

So the split over Henne and his amount of culpability for the losses rages on.

It seems many are loathe to place blame on Henne doorstep...this includes Sparano, Ireland and a host of bloggers. It's always his line failed, he has no running game (wasn't DT over 100 yards last week and within 5 yards of 100 this week???), his coaching is handicapping him, he needs more OL, more faster RBs, better TEs and the ever popular "he did enough to win" mantra.

I am not going to rail on his many shortcomings or say that the DEF that played such a prominent role last year has been virtually absent. I just want him included in the "those that need to step up MORE" pile of players on this team. He is part of the problem. Identifying how much of the problem pie chart is Henne's slice will be debatable forever.

He's the QB for gosh sakes...he handles every snap...one is kidding themselves to think Henne doesn't need a higher bar. There are no cupie dolls for moral victories in the NFL.

The "Henne has done enough to win" is deadly poisonous homer kool-aid being guzzled by the trough. He hasn't done "enough to win" or we would have won. He played us into visual range of wins so it stands to reason if he makes a few more throws, a couple better reads, throws more catchable first down gaining passes, maybe hit Gates on that long pass where he is all alone...maybe things change?

These QB responsibilties change games. Henne is obviously cemented into the starting role so as long as TS is around.

Let's see how this all unfolds. I can't imagine this team picking outside the top 7-10 next year.

PS As some have surmised, maybe Ross is angling for a first pick through directives and thus excitement from drafting a hotshot QB? As a businessman he has to want to sell lots of seats.


If Tony Sparano is watching the game he must be worn out by now.

7 field goals involves a whole lot of jumping up and down and fist pumping.

And a touchdown?

Bed time for Tony!

Calvin Johnson , Larry fitz, Andre Johnson , and 20 other current receivers make that catch. Marshall is a d bag punk. Blame it on his personality disorder or whatever. Bottom line is we got punked when we picked up the loser.

Playing this week in SD the Dolphins need to get Moore and Wallace a lot of touches... both from So Cal.

I remember Moore's 57 yd TD in Oakland last year.

CW91 has been missing in action this year.

You can see the close relationship betwwen Ross and Ireland and Ross is the most indicated to make overall Team decisions.

In Ross we trust.(we must)

Winning is not everything. It's the ONLY thing- Coach Lombardi.

Winning and $ go along together.

I guess I ran out of smart things to say. Your turn.

I got my $12 million. Who cares if we win. The playoffs are just more work. I'm ready for a vacation.

terrible fo work plain and simple. Sparano should resign and step down. period

The problem with this team and most of the other teams is players who are making crazy money will not work hard to win, they think they work hard, the truth is most of them are big babies who has there momma walking behind them picking up the dirty underwear. To get there attention the league show allow the team to find them when they don't do there job, of course it won't happen, is there any wonder that so many can't manage there over paid salary after there playing days are over, they should have just gone straight to San Diego. Bill

Suck for Luck!!!!!!

Henne is not an elite QB and never will be!!!!
Hopefully a playoff team loses a QB in late december and we can pull a herschel walker and get a boat load of picks for Henne and marshall.
But Ireland will just draft another offence lineman and ask Luck's mom if she is a hooker!!!

Headlines in the next few weeks reads:



There's a rumor going around that Miami is talking to Bengals about a possible Palmer trade.

Cosmodo, Palmer is a stopgap, not an answer. He's not worth the money or draft picks! Besides, he's a quitter!!

If they go about it lawfully then nothing wrong with that. I believe it will benefit both Teams.

Palmer is not going to win us a super bowl this year! Face the facts guys! What's Palmer going to do? 9-7? we lose out on Andrew Luck and go nowhere!

redsky, I'm not saying Palmer is the best option for us, I'm just saying there's word that the FO is talking to the Bengals.

Here it is: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/867012-nfl-trade-rumors-will-miami-dolphins-make-a-deal-for-carson-palmer

Just wondering if anyone else heard about this elsewhere to confirm.

Oscar, I respect your comments, but you know in your heart I'm correct!

SB? Andrew Luck? I thought you were more down to Earth, Man.

Cosmodo, I'm not arguing, I'm just talking strategy! I'm afraid, truly AFRAID, that the Colts, w/o Manning, will get Andrew Luck, then Manning will come back and prepare him to take over. We will then be mediocre for another decade. I may not live that long, none of us might!!! That's all!

Nice post, Armando.......To whomever suggested Palmer: Why? He hasnt been any good in quite some time. Two of his last 3 full seasons played, he's thrown 20+ INT's.

As far as the red zone, you cant pin the blame on one person. The futility in that area is evenly distributed amongst all the offensive players. Henne has made a few bad throws, other times he's had nowhere to go and thrown it away. Sometimes he throws it where he can (which is usually a small window since none of our WR/TE's get any separation in the red zone) and the receiver doesnt make a play. And on top of that, the play calling hasnt been great either. Dumb fade patters, not using Bush's speed in close on a run to the pylon sweep, ect. Total team ineptitude

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