Phins Rock wrote:
Even significant improvement is well below average.
The Browns had their 2nd best run Defensive performance in their history....Not sure if that's 2002, or 1940's, but either way it shows how pathetic our run game was.
The Browns were staying in their base 3-4 defense against our base 3WR offense. It is more difficult to run when you have one less legitimate blocker in there. The Dolphins substituted the running game with short throws to Brandon Gibson. The Browns were daring us to throw so we abandoned the running game.
Also, the design of the running plays was poor. Against a 3-4 defense, you try to run north/south, not to the outside. We kept trying to run to the outside or were telegraphing run plays with the type of motion we were using. Our offense was very vanilla all day.
So when you factor in that the Browns have a terrific front 7, they went all out to stop the run, we kept running outside running plays and predictable running plays, our offensive line wasn't getting any push and our starting running back is inexperienced, you get 20 yards on the ground.
When the Dolphins ran up the middle, they had more success than when they ran to the outside. To the outside, they kept losing yards, up the middle they at least were getting 2-3 yards.
It wasn't even like their LB's were closing down holes quickly; there were no holes period.
Because we kept going to the outside on slowly developing plays.
And as 10acjed pointed out, the pass protection was poor as well. Those sacks were not on Tannehill, and Ryan honestly saved the offensive line from plenty.
Two sacks were on Tannehill in which he decided to tuck it and run and ran right into a defensive lineman.
In the second half, Tannehill had a nice clean pocket and had plenty of time to throw and it showed in his numbers and the offensive performance.