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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:32 pm 
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The Miami Dolphins offensive line has allowed 7 sacks in two games, which puts them dead last in sacks allowed. That would translate to 56 sacks on the season (not including sacks allowed by backs and tight ends) if they kept this pace, which is atrocious. You don't want to see your quarterback go down 50+ times in a season. Chances are he wouldn't be able to take every snap.

However, there are some other interesting stats to look at. Even though the sacks allowed look bad, Miami's offensive line is tied for 10th in hits allowed (3 hits) and tied for 12th in hurries allowed (16 hurries). So even though the sack numbers don't look pretty, they are actually doing a pretty good job as far as the other categories.

To those of us that have watched the games, we know that some of those sacks are on the offensive line/back and tight ends, but others have either been coverage sacks or Tannehill simply holding onto the ball too long or scrambling into sacks. He has some work to do still with his pocket presence.

The point is that, from a pass protection perspective, we've seen stretches in which the offensive line provides adequate protection for Tannehill, but then we see a mistake here or there. The offensive line can become an effective pass blocking unit with some consistency.

As an interesting side note, Atlanta's offensive line is 2nd to last in total pressures allowed (sacks + hits + hurries). The only team that is worse is Cleveland.

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What that tells me, and backed by what we're seeing on the field, is Tannehill is getting rid of the ball very quickly on a consistent basis.

When he doesn't, the line doesn't help him sit and scan, and sacks are allowed.

The protection needs to get much better, IMO.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:39 pm 
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Phins Rock wrote:
What that tells me, and backed by what we're seeing on the field, is Tannehill is getting rid of the ball very quickly on a consistent basis.

When he doesn't, the line doesn't help him sit and scan, and sacks are allowed.

The protection needs to get much better, IMO.


Playaction is what helps the offensive line protect the QB enough to sit and scan. And without a consisently effective running game, you don't have playaction.

There was a play against the Colts in which the Dolphins ran playaction and Tannehill had all day to throw and took a sack either because no one was open or because he didn't get rid of the ball.

It is difficult for any offensive line to protect a QB that takes a lot of deep drops or plans to sit back and scan. Most offenses protect the quarterback using the quick passing game or playaction.

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