Miami’s Defense Headed for Elite Status

4 May

Top Overall Defenses 2010

1. Chargers, 2. Steelers, 3. Jets, 4. Saints,  5. Packers, 6. Dolphins.

Not bad for a team that fielded one of the youngest defenses in the game. Also not bad when you consider that top pick Jared Odrick and fellow rookie A.J. Edds weren’t even part of the equation. Will Allen wasn’t in the mix either. Mike “Mad Scientist” Nolan will have those ingredients to play when he steps back into the lab.

But we’re really here today to talk to you boys and girls about time of possession. Let’s look at the teams who nudged out the Fins in the overall defensive rankings above. The Chargers were #1 in time of possession last season. The Steelers? #5. The Jets #3. The Saints were #6. The Super Bowl champion Packers were 7th. The top five overall defensive teams in the NFL, all also in the top seven in time of possession? This is no coincidence.

So where were the Dolphins in time of possession? We were 16th in the league. The numbers don’t lie. Our defense was positively heroic last season. To be ranked that highly despite being left on the field by our anemic offense was quite a feat.

And it certainly bodes well for the future, when you consider how much we invested in our offense this past weekend. The top interior lineman in the draft, a bruising set of fresh legs for the backfield, a deep threat wideout, an intriguing TE/H-back. And we’re not done. It’s very possible that we add a dangerous change of pace back and a quarterback moving forward.

If an improved offense can give our defense more rest, look for us to leapfrog some of those higher ranked defenses. That’s pretty exciting when you consider there were only five better in 2010.

GO DOLPHINS, and feel free to follow us on Twitter @thebottlenose

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8 Responses to “Miami’s Defense Headed for Elite Status”

  1. Scott May 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    How dare you say somthing positive about the Dolphins? Don’t you know that Sparano is a moron and Henne is a stiff and a 4-12 season should be the goal so that we can get a high draft pick, which we will then screw up by reaching for a d-line project while Luck is still on the board?

    And you call yourself a fan? ;0

    • Dan Ewen May 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

      I apologize. I don’t know what I was thinking.

      Thanks for stopping by The Bottlenose!

  2. dodgeguy May 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    our D would have been ranked even higher if they picked just a few more passes off and turned them into pick 6’s. our corners alone dropped at least 3 potential pick 6’s 2 in 1 game! i’m not hatin’ i’m just sayin’ imagine the possibilities! we can absolutely dominate on D if oddrick turns out to be half of what we think he can! cam wake can’t afford to be doubled all year, without a pass rush comin’ from other areas…..IMAGINE THE POSSABILITIES!!

    • Dan Ewen May 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

      Our DBs did have serious butterfingers!

      Thanks for stopping by The Bottlenose.

  3. dodgeguy May 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    I’M READY TO KICK OFF RIGHT NOW!! 1-2-3 DOMINATE!!

  4. Mike May 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    You made some very good points. Time of possession is very important, but turnovers are more closely tied to wins vs. losses because they result more to points on the scoreboard. Time of possession is won and loss in the trenches. Finishing blocks, getting a hat-on-a-hat, and execution. I think this why we drafted OL in the 1st round. If Henne can get on the same page with the WRs, we are definitely headed in that direction. The running game will be there if our OL is not decimated by injuries again.

  5. Shula knows May 4, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    Andrew Perloff of Sports Illustrated predicts the Dolphins will pick at 13th in the 2012 draft which should equate to around 6 or 7 wins at best.

    Many expect the Dolphins to regress even further in 2011. Probably pick in the top 10. Not enough for Luck, but there should be a couple of other quality QB’s still around…hopefully.

    Henne is not a very good QB as we all know by now. Mel Kiper compared his pro career to his college career. Same mistakes. Looks great at times and lost at others.

    As to Dabol, You should read some of the articles from journalist in Cleveland about him. One compared him to a high school coach. Very predictable and limited in his abilities as a coordinator. Hence, Cleveland had the 2nd worse offense right behind Miami.

    I believe miami is counting on revitalizing the wildcat since the Pat White debacle. Big mistake. It is a drive disruptive gimmick offense. They will dink and dunk either way and settle for mostly FG’s once again. Did you know that their new QB coach has never coached a QB before? Not surprising. This is a collection of idiots.

    Lastly, this years opponents are vastly superior to last year. We play Dallas, Phili and the Giants. Dallas should be back on track and all three should be able to beat Miami easily. The Patriots should be able to sweep and Buffalo and Jets should split if we are lucky. This is being optimistic. I see a scenarios where we loose all 6 division games. Regardless, staying optimistic, with the splits and against NFC, leaves us at 3-7. The non-divisional afc opponents, I see us loosing the KC and Chargers on the road, Houston (who will be a playoff team) and Cleveland on the road and beating Denver at home and 50/50 on beating improved Raiders. That’s another 2-4 at best, for a final prediction of 6-10. Not enough for Luck, but lets hope these dummies don’t trade away our picks next year so that our new coach and GM can improve the team.

    • Dan Ewen May 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

      I think we’re closer than that.

      I think we have a top 5 defense.

      I think (and I pray) that Sparano, having come within an inch of the unemployment line, will embrace a little bit of the cojones is takes to win games.

      I think this will be Daboll’s last chance to be an OC ever, and I think he’ll work to change his spots a little. I don’t like the hire either, but no one wanted to come and work for a regime already teetering on the edge. At least he knows how to craft a running game. He’ll have to work on the dynamic part of the O.

      They can’t completely ignore the directive of the man who can fire them in the blink of an eye, and Ross wants them to open it up.

      And lastly I think someone else will be under center come week 1.

      Just my two cents. Thanks for stopping by The Bottlenose.

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