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Dolphins Season 2 Recap

Discussion in 'TMFL' started by stryder24, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. stryder24

    stryder24 Walk On

    Aug 18, 2010
    After a terrible start, the Dolphins put together a good late season comeback and secured a wildcard slot after a second 11-5 record. Coach Stryder put together another top ranked defense. 1st Overall in YPG and 1st in Rushing YPG and did not have a team have a 100 yard rusher all season. However, 3 losses to the Bills, the 3rd being in the divisonal round in the playoffs, has the Dolphins vowing to get better on both sides of the ball and take the division back next year.

    Offense --

    The Fins were ranked 6th in Rushing yards per game, and 21st in passing, overall putting them 12th in the league with 316 YPG.

    QB --

    Chad Henne, in a contract year, had a pretty good one, the commisioner voted him to the All-pro team and he ended with 3304 yards and 29 TDs, very similar to last year. He as of yet has not been resigned, but look for that to probably happen after the draft unless a team sells the farm for him. Back-up Oakman did a wonderful job as the placeholder on field goals and extra points.

    Grade -- A

    HB --

    Ronnie Brown and Jake Carver combined for 1800 yards on the ground and 22 TDs, but this is the biggest area of need for the Fins. Ronnie keeps getting older, and has key fumbles that costs his team games, and Jake Carver doesn't have enough stamina or durability to be a #1 back. Unfortunately neither have much trade value, so unless the Fins can package someone of defense in order to upgrade, the Fins might need to look in FA or the draft.

    Grade -- C

    WR --

    It finally happened. Marshall being force-fed passes led to him being injured on 2 seperate occasions in the season, the last being a season ender in the final game of the season, the biggest drop was his TDs which went from 21 to 9 this year. TE Jalen Driskell had a solid 2nd season almost eclipsing the 1000 yard plateau and with 6 TDs. Biggest improvement was Devone Bess, who was moved back to the slot position this year, he ended with 548 yards and 8 TDs and was obviously an red zone target for Henne. Tucker and Lucas, were the deep threats and both combined for 4 TDs.......UGH.

    Grade -- B

    OL --

    Mankins, the big LG signed in the offseason, did great, as did Jake Long and RG John Jerry. However C and RT are a big need this offseason as well, especially if the Fins want to continue grounding and pounding the rock.

    Grade -- B


    As already mentioned, the Dolphins ended #1 in total D and rushing D, Vontae Davis led the league in INTs. Pretty solid showing. However, the Pass D could use some improvement, really in the speed category, and slot receivers and fast TEs seemed to always be open during the season.

    DL --

    Led by All-pro Kendall Langford, the DL combined for 8 sacks, 5 FF, and the # 1 rush D in the league. Lots of depth on this line too.

    Grade -- A+

    LB --

    Cameron Wake beasted all over the field again, had 2 sacks, 1 FF and 21 Tackles for loss. He will be 31 this year, so here is hoping Madden doesn't "age" him for the upcoming year. Pat Angerer, traded from the Colts, did well, leading the team in tackles and adding 2 sacks as well. Karlos Dansby missed alot of time because of injury, and might take a regression hit this offseason. Koa Misi, the weakside LB, had a solid season, but stat wise didn't produce much. Paul Donovan, the speedy rookie notched a INT when Dansby went down, hopefully progression can get him more playing time next year. Oh and #1 rush D.

    Grade -- A

    CB --

    Vontae Davis led the league in INTs this year, is 24, and is at least one of the top 3 CBs in the league. Reshard St. Saint had 5 INTs on his side of the field as well, and is 22. NicklelBack Dwight Lowery had 2 INT and over 40 tackles. Did very well. J.D. Nealy tied with LB Angerer in tackles and had 3 picks and a FF, not a bad second year as well. Bob Sanders missed some time because of injury, but still had 3 INt, 2 FF and a sack, and really was a leader for this young D.(side note, Chris collinsworth calls him "The Colonel, Bob Sanders, with a huge hit" very annoying") The Fins might need to draft a SS to eventually replace the aging Sanders, but hopefully he is good for one more year.

    Grade -- A

    Carpenter only missed one FG this year, and Brandon Fields average 45 yards per kick. Ill take it.

    Grade -- A

    *****OFFSEASON NEEDS*****

    #1 priority is to upgrade RBs some how, some way, secondly upgrade at C and RT are needed. Resigning of Chad Henne is a priority, and the Fins are a little tight in cap space, so unloading some of that might help to fill their needs. They need to find a way to overcome Buffalo and get the division back. But the outlook is very promising.

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