Dolphins at Cardinals: Miami Defensive Snap Counts

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The Miami Dolphins lost to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime yesterday. Here's our weekly look at the defensive snap counts from the game.

After looking at the offensive snap counts from the Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals game yesterday, it's time now to turn our attention to the defensive side of the ball.

Like Miami's offense, the Dolphins defense had an exceptional game yesterday - other than the final score. Cornerback Sean Smith intercepted two passes, and defensive end Cameron Wake had 4.5 of the team's eight total sacks.

The Dolphins were on defense for 72 snaps yesterday. Here's the breakdown, by position group, of all the players' snap counts:

Defensive Line

Jared Odrick

Cameron Wake

Paul Soliai

Randy Starks

60 / 72

62 / 72

27 / 72

58 / 72

83%

86%

38%

81%

Season
247 / 289
86%

Season
240 / 289
83%

Season
187 / 289
65%

Season
221 / 289
76%

Defensive Line

Tony McDaniel

Olivier Vernon

Kheeston Randall

Derrick Shelby

--- / ---

34 / 72

12 / 72

10 / 72

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47%

17%

14%

Season
23 / 289
8%

Season
95 / 289
33%

Season
60 / 289
21%

Season
48 / 289
17%

Defensive Line

Ryan Baker
(Released after Week 2)

Andre Fluellen
(Signed before Week 3)

----

8 / 72

----

11%

Season
3 / 217
1%

Season
14 / 289 (14 / 154)
5% (9%)


Thoughts:
Soliai dropped a lot this week, with Vernon picking up the extra snaps. This could be a sign that the Dolphins are looking to get more pressure on the quarterback by moving Odrick inside and letting Vernon pass rush from the defensive end position. It will be interesting to see if this was a one game thing, if something happened to Soliai to make him miss time, or if the Dolphins are actually changing their scheme.

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Linebackers

Kevin Burnett

Karlos Dansby

Koa Misi

Jason Trusnik

72 / 72

72 / 72

37 / 72

--- / ---

100%

100%

51%

----

Season
289 / 289
100%

Season
289 / 289
100%

Season
200 / 289
69%

Season
2 / 289
1%


Thoughts: Misi continues to see fewer and fewer snaps, although he did come away with 1.5 sacks yesterday. Burnett and Dansby, however, continue to play every snap.

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Cornerbacks

Richard Marshall

Sean Smith

Jimmy Wilson

Nolan Carroll

70 / 72

71 / 72

14 / 72

41 / 72

95%

99%

19%

57%

Season
238 / 289
82%

Season
277 / 289
96%

Season
58 / 289
20%

Season
110 / 289
38%

Thoughts: Carroll's snaps jumped way up this week, with him being on the field the majority of the time, even with Smith and Marshall only missing three snaps combined. Wilson continues to play cornerback, despite being listed as a safety.

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Safeties

Chris Clemons

Reshad Jones

Troy Nolan
(Released after Week 3)

72 / 72

72 / 72

----

100%

100%

----

Season
286 / 289
99%

Season
289 / 289
100%

Season
3 / 217
1%

Thoughts: The safeties each played 100% of the game. Not a lot to say.

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[Picture Credits: Defensive line picture courtesy Matt Kartozian-USPRESSWIRE 9/30/12; Koa Misi and Cameron Wake picture courtesy Matt Kartozian-USPRESSWIRE 9/30/12; Nolan Carroll picture courtesy Matt Kartozian-USPRESSWIRE 9/30/12; Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons picture courtesy Matt Kartozian-USPRESSWIRE 9/30/12]

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