The Dolphins played well against the Cleveland Browns. Well, most of the Dolphins played well.
With the exception of the offensive line, tight ends and running backs, it's fair to suggest the Dolphins had a good day on Sunday. ProFootballFocus.com agrees based on its Week 1 gradebook that the website has made available to me through our 2013 partnership.
Below is what the PFF analytics reveal from Miami's 23-10 victory and what I think of some of the metrics.
Both offensive tackles had days to forget, with Tyson Clabo and Jonathan Martin underwhelming in run blocking.
Salguero: Clabo had a good, but not great day pass blocking. He had a positive grade on pass plays and locked down that side. It was another story with his run blocking. He struggled and was indeed the worst graded run blocker on the offensive line. Martin also was better at pass blocking than run blocking but had a negative grade on both. Of Miami's five offensive linemen, only guard Richie Incognito had an overall positive grade.
The snap breakdown between Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas suggests an even split. Miller had 37 snaps, while Thomas received 33.
Miller gave up a hit and a hurry in only 7 pass blocking snaps.
TE Dion Sims played 15 snaps and Michael Egnew saw 21 at tight end. Sims ran just 3 pass routes, while Egnew ran 9.
On plays when Ryan Tannehill wasn’t under any pressure, he was 21-for-29. When pressured, he was 3-for-9 and was sacked 4 times.
All 5 of Mike Wallace’s targets came against Joe Haden. He had a drop and only one reception.
Salguero: Much is being made of Mike Wallace's attitude regarding the game plan after the game. In truth, he got more snaps than either Brian Hartline or Brandon Gibson while still getting targeted fewer times and catching fewer passes.Dolphins’ receivers dropped four passes, with Brandon Gibson leading the way with 2 drops. Wallace also tripped mid route on a deep post down the middle of the field which eventually went over his head.
Cameron Wake with one of the highest overall grades in the league for 4-3 DEs this week. Did well against the run, but was unstoppable rushing the passer. Wake had 10 total pressures (3 sacks, 2 hits, 5 hurries).
Rookie DE Dion Jordan played 17 snaps in his debut. On 14 snaps, he rushed the passer, on 2 he dropped into coverage, and 1 was a run play. He notched one sack.
MLB Dannell Ellerbe missed 3 tackles to lead the team.
Jordan Cameron had his way with the defense, catching his 9 passes on 5 different defenders.
Salguero: Phillip Wheeler had some trouble with Cameron.
Dannell Ellerbe excelled in coverage, allowing just 3 catches on 8 targets.
Salguero: We've been paying close attention on the competition between Jared Odrick and Randy Starks for a starting DT position. Dolphins coaches went with Odrick as the starter. And to the naked eye, Starks had the better day because he came away with 1.5 sacks. But according to the PFF metrics, Odrick graded higher. He graded higher overall (1.8 to 1.5), he graded higher on pass rush (2.3 to 1.4). Starks graded higher on run defense (0.9 to 0.3). Interesting.