Titans at Dolphins Defensive Snap Counts

Mike Ehrmann

Earlier today we took a look at the offensive snap counts for the Miami Dolphins in their loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Now, it's time to look at the defense.

The Miami Dolphins were embarrassed for the second straight week yesterday, this time as they lost to the Tennessee Titans. Earlier today, we broke down the game by offensive snap counts. Now, it's time to turn our attention to the defense.

The Dolphins were on defense for 61 snaps Sunday. Here's the breakdown, by position group:

Defensive Line

Jared Odrick

Cameron Wake

Paul Soliai

Randy Starks

48 / 61

44 / 61

30 / 61

37 / 61

79%

61%

49%

61%

Season
558 / 653
86%

Season
529 / 653
81%

Season
354 / 653
54%

Season
481 / 653
74%

Defensive Line

Tony McDaniel

Olivier Vernon

Kheeston Randall

Derrick Shelby

24 / 61

23 / 61

17 / 61

17 / 61

39%

38%

28%

28%

Season
109 / 653
17%

Season
257 / 653
39%

Season
122 / 653
19%

Season
123 / 653
19%

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:
There's a theme running through the defensive snap counts this week. With nothing seeming to work for the Dolphins, every position rotated players more than normal (and players were taken out when the game got out of hand - but we won't mention that). It's clear the coaches were looking to find a spark and get the defense playing like it should. The defensive line saw Shelby and Randall play more than their norm for the season.



Linebackers

Kevin Burnett

Karlos Dansby

Koa Misi

Jason Trusnik

51 / 61

53 / 61

35 / 61

10 / 61

84%

87%

57%

16%

Season
636 / 653
97%

Season
634 / 653
97%

Season
381 / 653
58%

Season
38 / 653
6%

Linebackers

Jonathon Freeny

Austin Spitler

Josh Kaddu

11 / 61

8 / 61

3 / 61

11%

13%

5%

Season
13 / 653
2%

Season
10 / 653
2%

Season
3 / 653
0%


Thoughts: The theme continues with the linebackers, as Kaddu saw his first snaps of the season, while Trusnik, Spitler, and Freeny all saw more playing time.



Cornerbacks

Richard Marshall
(Placed on IR before Week 10)

Sean Smith

Jimmy Wilson

Nolan Carroll

--- / ---

56 / 61

24 / 61

54 / 61

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92%

39%

89%

Season
238 / 592
40%

Season
635 / 653
97%

Season
261 / 653
40%

Season
461 / 653
71%

Cornerbacks

R.J. Stanford

Bryan McCann
(Signed Before Week 10)

5 / 80

4 / 61

6%

7%

Season
13 / 592
2%

Season
4 / 653 (4 / 61)
1% (7%)

Thoughts: McCann signed this week and already saw playing time at cornerback. The Dolphins are clearly still looking for some depth behind Smith and Carroll.



Safeties

Chris Clemons

Reshad Jones

Troy Nolan
(Released after Week 3)

Jonathan Amaya

53 / 61

57 / 61

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4 / 61

93%

93%

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7%

Season
642 / 653
98%

Season
648 / 653
99%

Season
3 / 217
1%

Season
4 / 653
1%

Thoughts: I found it interesting that the Dolphins used Amaya at safety. For most of the season, if Clemons or Jones came out for a snap (not that they have very often), normally Wilson would fill in. Could the Dolphins have finally realized he is a cornerback and be looking to leave him there - at least for the rest of the year?

[Picture Credits: Cameron Wake picture courtesy Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE 11/11/12; Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett picture courtesy Mike Ehrmann - Getty Images 11/11/12; Jimmy Wilson picture courtesy Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE 11/11/12; Reshad Jones picture courtesy Marc Serota - Getty Images 11/11/12]

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