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A look into our team -  Offense

Passing plays

Passing Play for the Year – C+

Position Grade for the Future – B+

ATT

COMP

PCT

YDS

YDS/A

LONG

TD

INT

SACK

YDSL

RATE

YDS/G

594

357

60.1

3567

6.7

67

24

19

58

399

80.1

223

Per ESPN, Miami is 20th in passing yards, 18th in completion percentage, 10th in attempts, and 16th in completions. That is the stats with all QBs on the roster (Tannehill, Moore, Devlin). Also, 15th in TDs, and 10th in INTs. What this shows me is that we pass a lot, with not so much success. Now that may be at fault with the franchise record 58 sacks, but I put that more on the line more than the QB. With these stats, I would grade the play a C+. Tannehill played his heart out but fell short on everything the last couple games. I believe Tannehill is the QB of the future ( and he better be seeing the QB success of our current GM at his last job) and have good backups in Matt Moore and Pat Devlin. With Tannehill and Devlin looking to be our # 1 and #2 QBs for the future, I give the position grade for the future a B+.

Play of the year - http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000266084/Gibson-s-2nd-TD-reception

Shows why we drafted Tannehill. Stays poised whiles being pressured. Rolls out and delivers a perfect pass to Brandon Gibson for a touchdown pass. Showcases everything you would want in a passing play.

Running plays

Running Play for the year – C-

Position play for the Future – B-

ATT

YDS

YDS/A

LONG

TD

YDS/G

FUM

FUML

349

1440

4.1

55

8

90.0

5

3

Per ESPN, our running backs ranked 20th in rushing yards, 29th in attempts, 17th in yards per attempt, and 26th in yards per game. Now these are just the stats. Yes, I saw how they ran every game. Miller and Thomas can pick up yards when they want to and when they can. I guess they never wanted to run on third down. When these backs are on their game, either back can be effective, which is what we need when we run the ball 22 times a game split between two backs. Individual stats show Miller averaged 4.0 yards per carry, and Thomas getting 3.7 yards per carry. I would take this as when Thomas carries the ball the defense knows were going to try in between the tackles, which is where our weaknesses are. When Miller runs he has the speed to bounce it outside and enough power to run it inside when it isn’t 2nd/3rd/4th and short. I give the grade on the season a C-. I saw the games live, we could run the ball effectively when we wanted to. Just Sherman never wanted to. The play for the future I put as a B-. I like Miller and a power back as the 1-2. But Thomas isn’t a power back, and miller isn’t a feature back.

Play of the year - http://www.miamidolphins.com/multimedia/videos/HIGHLIGHT-Daniel-Thomas-55-yard-4th-Quarter-Run/06063325-571c-4592-9523-1cd4b89f3450

Perfect run by Daniel Thomas. Blocking was great. The cut block that Pouncey made blocked two defenders. If it weren’t for Mike Wallace stopping Thomas’s momentum, he could’ve gone all the way.

Receiving Corps

Receiving play for the year – C+

Receiving play for the Future – C+

REC

YDS

AVG

LONG

TD

YDS/G

FUM

FUML

357

3966

11.1

67

24

247.9

0

0

Miami is 16th in receptions, 27th in average yards per catch. I think it’s good to state as well, Miami is the only team in the NFL to not have a receiver fumble the football. This says that our receivers do not take chances. Our leading receiver in Brian Hartline is 55th in the league in YAC. His counterpart in Mike Wallace is 60th in YAC. Our top tight end (Clay) was 36th in the league in YAC. So, tell me if I’m wrong, but that shows that out receivers catch the ball and do anything with it afterwards. 4 of the top 10 leaders in YAC are running backs. Where do ours stack up? Lamar Miller is stacked at 116th in the league. Daniel Thomas is in the 200s. 34 receptions combined for our top running backs (Miller, Thomas, Thigpen). Average of a little more than 2 per game. You can see why our QBs got sacked so much? We have playmakers in Thigpen and Miller. They just rarely got to showcase it. The running backs were receivers on passing plays so they get a say in these grades, but they didn’t help any. C+ for both their play this year and for the future grade. We’re going to have to cut Hartline, Wallace, or both in a couple years. I wouldn’t want almost 20 million in just those two players if they’re producing numbers like these.

Play of the year - http://www.miamidolphins.com/multimedia/videos/Must-See-Charles-Clay-39-yard-TD-Catch-/0fde61e2-ce52-44f2-aba8-3ae64c80677b

Simple out route taken to the house while breaking a tackle and running someone over. This really is a tie between this play and the one in Pittsburgh, but this play gets the nod.

Blocking

Blocking play for the year – D-

Blocking play for the Future – F

Running: YDS/A

4.1

Passing: SACK

58

These show the picture for the whole season. Only player on the O-Line to play the whole season was probably the player who was mostly scrutinized during the offseason (John Jerry). The most productive player on the line got to the Pro Bowl. We lost 40% of our line and our role player stepped up. Benched a player for his play and he stepped up for the last half of the season. But, were looking at the whole blocking community and for the whole season, and they all played terribly. Led the league and got a franchise record 58 sacks. That’s all you have to say. Whenever we played a good DT/NT such as Phil Taylor, Kyle Williams/Marcel Dareus (twice), Gerald McCoy, Star Loutulelei our interior blocking became horrific. It must be a coincidence that we went 1-4 in those games. And these are the ones on the top of my head. The backs had to pick wither the edge rush, or help on the inside, and they mostly picked wrong or didn’t help at all. The blocking got better towards the end, but still gets a D-. And the only players I see us keeping long term is Pouncey and Brenner, which grades out to be an F in my book.

Play of the year - http://www.miamidolphins.com/multimedia/videos/Mike-Wallace-First-Dolphins-TD/81c63830-6483-4f2f-9c7a-90b674c4968c

This play is amazing. The left side play it perfectly, and everyone else’s block goes to perfection. Clabo and Clay make the hole and Pouncey paves the way to a TD.

Player of the year – Charles Clay

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000294332/Clay-refuses-to-go-down-gets-in-for-the-TD

I really wanted this play in this post so I made this section. He breaks three tackles including one from future hall of famer Troy Polamalu. Great play.

This is the first of four I have. Have defense, special teams and coaching to do next. Please share your likes and dislikes.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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