Rams at Dolphins: Miami Defensive Snap Counts

Oct 14 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) passes the ball over Miami Dolphins defensive end Jared Odrick (98) in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Dolphins improved to 3&3 on the season Sunday with a 17-14 victory over the St. Louis Rams. The win, although in a sloppy game, gave the Dolphins a share of the four way tie for the AFC East lead as they go into their bye week. Here's a look at the defense's snap counts.

The Miami Dolphins defense struggled against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, especially trying to stop the Rams rushing attack. But in the end, the team did enough to come away with the win - and a share of the AFC East lead. After looking at the offensive snap counts yesterday, now it's time to take a look at the defensive snap counts for the Dolphins.

The Dolphins were on defense for 73 snaps Sunday, nearly 30 more plays than the offense ran. Here's the breakdown, by position group:

Defensive Line

Jared Odrick

Cameron Wake

Paul Soliai

Randy Starks

64 / 73

58 / 73

37 / 73

53 / 73

88%

79%

51%

73%

Season
370 / 430
86%

Season
356 / 430
83%

Season
253 / 430
59%

Season
327 / 430
76%

Defensive Line

Tony McDaniel

Olivier Vernon

Kheeston Randall

Derrick Shelby

20 / 73

25 / 73

12 / 73

15 / 73

27%

34%

16%

21%

Season
62 / 430
14%

Season
151/ 430
35%

Season
77 / 430
18%

Season
73 / 430
17%

Defensive Line

Ryan Baker
(Released after Week 2)

Andre Fluellen
(Signed before Week 3)
(Released after Week 4)

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Season
3 / 217
1%

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


Thoughts:
Soliai saw his snaps move back up from 43% last week to 51% this week. Vernon's snaps went down, even though he tallied two sacks, but he also had to miss time due to an ankle sprain. The other two rookies, Shelby and Randall, both saw decent snaps this week as well. Otherwise, nothing overly noteworthy.

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Linebackers

Kevin Burnett

Karlos Dansby

Koa Misi

Jason Trusnik

73 / 73

73 / 73

46 / 73

4 / 73

100%

100%

63%

5%

Season
429 / 430
100%

Season
430 / 430
100%

Season
278 / 430
65%

Season
6 / 430
1%

Linebackers

Jonathon Freeney

--- / ---

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Season
1 / 430
0%


Thoughts: Burnett stays on the injury report every week, and yet plays 100% of the snaps. Trusnik had twice as many snaps on Sunday as he had the rest of the season combined. Misi saw his snaps jump back up from last week, probably as the team tried to find a way to shut down the run.

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Cornerbacks

Richard Marshall

Sean Smith

Jimmy Wilson

Nolan Carroll

--- / ---

73 / 73

30 / 73

73 / 73

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100%

41%

100%

Season
238 / 430
55%

Season
418 / 430
97%

Season
132 / 430
31%

Season
245 / 430
57%

Linebackers

R.J. Stanford

1 / 73

1%

Season
7 / 430
2%

Thoughts: Marshall missed his second straight game trying to recover from a back injury. Sean Smith played every snap again this week, and he was joined out there for every play by Carroll. Wilson continues to be listed as a safety, yet plays cornerback, again serving as the nickelback this week.

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Safeties

Chris Clemons

Reshad Jones

Troy Nolan
(Released after Week 3)

73 / 73

72 / 73

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100%

99%

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Season
427 / 430
99%

Season
429 / 430
100%

Season
3 / 217
1%

Thoughts: Jones missed his first play of the season Sunday, which, since no one else is listed, I am assuming means one of Wilson's snaps were actually at safety. Otherwise, nothing really noteworthy with the safeties.

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[Picture Credits: Olivier Vernon picture courtesy Robert Mayer - US PRESSWIRE 10/14/12; Koa Misi picture courtesy Steve Mitchell - US PRESSWIRE 10/14/12; Jimmy Wilson picture courtesy Robert Mayer - US PRESSWIRE 10/14/12; Chris Clemons picture courtesy Steve Mitchell- US PRESSWIRE 10/14/12]

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