Dolphins at Colts: Miami Defensive Snap Counts

Nov. 04, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; A general view during the playing of the national anthem before the game between the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. - Thomas J. Russo-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Dolphins were picked apart by Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Here's a look at the defensive snap counts from the game for Miami.

Last night, we took a look at the offensive snap counts for the Miami Dolphins in their most recent game, at the Indianapolis Colts. While the offense struggled in the second half to move the ball against the Colts, the Dolphins' defense was even worse. Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck was able to do whatever he wanted with the Colts' offense, and simply made the Miami defense look lost for the majority of the game.

As with the offense, the season defensive snap counts include the New York Jets data, despite there being no post last week for the Jets game.

The Dolphins were on defense for 80 snaps Sunday. Here's the breakdown, by position group:

Defensive Line

Jared Odrick

Cameron Wake

Paul Soliai

Randy Starks

74 / 80

62 / 80

33 / 80

66 / 80

92%

78%

41%

82%

Season
510 / 592
86%

Season
485 / 592
82%

Season
324 / 592
55%

Season
444 / 592
75%

Defensive Line

Tony McDaniel

Olivier Vernon

Kheeston Randall

Derrick Shelby

--- / ---

44 / 80

19 / 80

18 / 80

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55%

24%

22%

Season
85 / 592
14%

Season
234 / 592
40%

Season
105 / 592
18%

Season
106 / 592
18%

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:
I knew Wake missed snaps this week, as Shelby and Vernon were rotated into his position, but I am surprised to see how many plays did not feature the Dolphins top pass rusher. He tallied a sack, and nearly had a couple more if not for incredible plays from Luck, but I don't know why he was out as much as he was. The Dolphins lost, so people are immediately back on the fact that the Dolphins "wasted" a draft pick on Vernon - despite the fact that he blocked a field goal - because they "need" to see more out of a third round draft pick. But, Vernon really is out there having an impact. How many times was Luck running or sliding away from number 50 getting into the backfield. Soliai and Starks need to collapse the pocket better. The whole defensive line did well to shut down the Colts rushing attack, particularly in the first half when the Colts and 11 carries for 22 yards. After the break, the Colts ran the ball more, but that's because the Dolphins were more focused on trying to find a way to shut down Luck's passing attack.

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Linebackers

Kevin Burnett

Karlos Dansby

Koa Misi

Jason Trusnik

74 / 80

80 / 80

21 / 80

13 / 80

92%

100%

26%

16%

Season
585 / 592
99%

Season
581 / 592
98%

Season
346 / 592
58%

Season
28 / 592
5%

Linebackers

Jonathon Freeny

Austin Spitler

1 / 80

--- / ---

1%

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Season
2 / 592
0%

Season
2 / 592
0%


Thoughts: Another surprise. I really thought Misi was on the field more than he was. He seemed to be around a lot of plays, yet he was only on the field for 26% of the snaps.

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Cornerbacks

Richard Marshall

Sean Smith

Jimmy Wilson

Nolan Carroll

--- / ---

80 / 80

50 / 80

80 / 80

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100%

62%

100%

Season
238 / 592
40%

Season
579 / 592
98%

Season
237 / 592
40%

Season
407 / 592
69%

Linebackers

R.J. Stanford

5 / 80

6%

Season
13 / 592
2%

Thoughts: I have not watched any film / replay of this game yet, but one of the things I am interested in seeing is exactly how the team uses Jimmy Wilson. The two safeties behind him play every snap, yet it almost seems like Wilson is a third safety on the field on some plays. It's like the coaches bring him in as a nickel corner, then let him become a "free-corner." Maybe I'm completely wrong, but it sure seems like he is floating around the field more often than playing man-to-man coverage. Smith obviously had a bad game, but the calls for his head is premature. He's still developing into the shutdown corner we want - he's had great games this year too - but it was rough watching him this week.

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Safeties

Chris Clemons

Reshad Jones

Troy Nolan
(Released after Week 3)

80 / 80

80 / 80

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100%

100%

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Season
589 / 592
99%

Season
591 / 592
100%

Season
3 / 217
1%

Thoughts: None.

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[Picture Credits: Cameron Wake picture courtesy Thomas J. Russo - US PRESSWIRE 11/4/12; Koa Misi picture courtesy Gregory Shamus - Getty Images 11/4/12; Sean Smith picture courtesy Thomas J. Russo - US PRESSWIRE 11/4/12; Reshad Jones picture courtesy Gregory Shamus - Getty Images 11/4/12]

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