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(Featured Columnist) on October 18, 2013
More Play Action on First Down
The Miami Dolphins have a problem on first down, and more play-action passes could be part of the solution. ...
The real reason the Dolphins rank low on first down is because the passing game on first down is not aggressive enough. Referring back to the data from Pro Football Reference, among the 30 quarterbacks with at least 40 throw attempts on first down, Tannehill’s average yards per completion ranks second to last.
Play-action passes tend to be more aggressive in nature. For example, using data gathered by Pro Football Focus (subscription required), we see that quarterback average yards per completion on play-action passes in 2013 is approximately 13.4 yards versus the average on non play-action passes of approximately 11.4 yards.
Tannehill is particularly effective on play-action passes. In 2012, he had the second-highest passer rating on play-action passes among qualified quarterbacks. Though his ranking has fallen to 10th in the league in 2013, he still has a 108.8 passer rating on play-action passes.
More Runs on Second Down
the Dolphins have only run the football approximately 31 percent of second downs. The league has averaged approximately 42 percent running on second down, which means the Dolphins rank No. 31 in commitment to running the ball on second down. ...
If Miami is going to show aggressiveness in the passing game, they may be better off doing so on first down as opposed to second down. A negative result on first down would give the team a chance on second down to make up some yardage in order to try and get back on schedule for third down.
it might be wise to balance out the aggressiveness with more run plays on second down.
More Read-Option Plays
The Miami Dolphins talked a little bit during the offseason about running more read-option plays on offense. However, the talk did not translate onto the field during the first five games.
The most perplexing aspect of the lack of read-option play-calls for the Dolphins offense is the wild success enjoyed on the occasions when the team did make use of the run technique.
Replace Daniel Thomas with Marcus Thigpen
The Dolphins need to think outside the box with Marcus Thigpen. The coaching staff seems stuck on the idea that the player they rotate with Lamar Miller must be an accomplished blocker.
The 50-yard gain on third down shows exactly why this is not the case. Instead of having the back stay in to block the extra pass-rusher, the Dolphins sent him out for a quick pass that challenged the defense.
The Saints have been using Darren Sproles in this manner for years. They do not obsess with his prowess as a blocker. They utilize his pass-catching prowess as a means of keeping quarterback Drew Brees’ jersey clean.
Get Dion Jordan More Involved
It is now time for the Miami Dolphins to take rookie defensive end Dion Jordan out of his plastic wrap and allow him to get dirty. ...