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Dolphins Red Zone Report: Week 14

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Well that was not the Dolphins' best red zone performance on Sunday - and I'm talking both offensively and defensively.

The Dolphins may have been one for two in the red zone against the Jets. But that one failed trip was really, really pathetic. Chad Henne had just began a possession with a beautiful touch pass down the seam to Anthony Fasano for 28 yards. A two yard Ronnie Brown run put the Dolphins inside NY's 20 yard line for the second time all day, leading 10-3 with a chance to at least put three more on the board and make it a two score game.

That's when Chad Henne botched either a hand-off or a play-action pass, fumbled the ball, and then couldn't even fall on the ball effectively - instead allowing it to squirt by him and eventually into the arms of a Jets defender. You can watch the entire ridiculous sequence at

All I know is that Henne is very lucky the Dolphins managed to hold on for a win. Otherwise he'd be getting absolutely hammered by the fans even more than he already is.

The Dolphins lone successful red zone trip ended when the Jets chose to defend Brandon Marshall with a linebacker, which obviously resulted in a touchdown and made me wonder if Rex Ryan really is a defensive guru.

On the season, the Dolphins are just 25th in the league in red zone efficiency, converting only 46% of their red zone opportunities into six points.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins now lead the league in red zone defense - holding opponents out of the endzone on 35% of their red zone trips. That figure, of course, was helped when Santonio Holmes dropped an easy touchdown pass on NY's only red zone trip Sunday. He badly beat rookie Nolan Carroll with a double move but dropped a ball that even a ten year old would have caught.

Still, Miami's defense has been outstanding this year and their red zone efficiency is just further proof of that.