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Post Coyle's unit has stats, but can D produce game-winning plays
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Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel Commentary

5:52 p.m. EDT, June 14, 2014

Kevin Coyle has clearly heard whispers about his unit's slippage. He knows the talk about the Miami Dolphins' defensive struggles costing the team a few games last season, so Coyle came armed with a rebuttal for all his critics.

Coyle insists we check the stats, and pay close attention to how many points the defense has given up the past two seasons. In 2012 the Dolphins' defense finished seventh in points allowed, and last year Miami dropped to eighth with its 20.9 points allowed average.

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"When it's all said and done, if we keep people from scoring points, we feel that that's the job of the defense," Miami's defensive coordinator added, "and really that's what it is. We've been doing a good job of that." ...

Coyle can throw all the numbers, stats, and ranking at us he'd like, but the bottom line was the Dolphins' defense wasn't clutch in 2013, and has been slipping in some critical areas, especially when it comes to stopping the run. ...


http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miam ... ?track=rss


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Post Re: Coyle's unit has stats, but can D produce game-winning plays
This article basically just says you can show the stats but the only thing that matters is my opinion.

Lets look at miamis 8 losses last season.
1 @ saints. you can blame the defense, but New Orleans at home is a tough go for any defense.
2 vs Ravens. while miami's offense sputtered gaining just two first downs in the second half, it was Reshad jones who picked off flacco for a game tying touchdown. sturgis kicks out of bounds, giving ravens good field position but miami forced a punt. tannehill takes two sacks giving the ravens even better field position but miami forced a field goal. Miami got the ball but sacks continued and we lost.
3 vs Bills with the lead and the ball, miami fumbles giving buffalo the ball in field goal position. Yes, miami's defense crumbled when they needed a stop but it was the offense choking as well. Miami had the ball at midfield and only needed a field goal with 23 seconds left. they couldn't gain one yard. id say the offense lost the game just as well as the defense but for sake of argument we'll say the defense couldnt come up 'clutch'
4 at New england. Miami had a 17-3 halftime lead and couldn't score a point in the second half. not to mention miami came up with a big play on defense that was considered a penalty. defense did not lose this one.
5 at Bucs. Ill say the defense lost this one because of the 80 yard game winning TD drive, though miami's offense still had two chances to score a field goal in the final quarter. bad loss
6 vs Carolina. Once again Miami goes scoreless in the second half. won't be the last time either. Did the defense come up clutch in the end? No, but they did get an INT in the first half that the offense could only make 3 points.
7 at Bills. Offense scores nothing. Not the defense's fault
8 vs Jets. Offense score 7 and defense gives up 20 despite the offense throwing it away 3 times.

3 losses for the "non clutch" defense. The rest are on the "non clutch" offense.


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Post Re: Coyle's unit has stats, but can D produce game-winning plays
Time after time they could not stop 3rd and long. It was like slow, painful death to watch.


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They gave up too many thats for sure but sometimes i think as fans we seethe team in a vacuum but miami wasnt the worst team on 3rd defense but middle of the pack which speaks to their 8-8 record


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Post Re: Coyle's unit has stats, but can D produce game-winning plays
As I mentioned in other posts about the defense i think the defense was very much put behind the 8 ball by the offense.

The offense was bottom fourth of the league in just about every category while the defense was in the top or the middle of the pack and miami was dead last in scoring in the first quarter.
I noticed Miami was 20th in yards per game given up so 12th worst, but yards per play they were 5th. given that they were 15th in 3rd down conversation, it shows that miami may have given up a lot of yards but they were on the field so much that number is skewed by the number of plays they had to be on the field

They were 29th in the league in time of possession. the offense just wasnt able to stay on the field all season and they couldnt score so to the say the defense wasnt good enough or not clutch just isnt fair. the defense could improve definitely but i think it will improve significantly once the offense gets better than bad.


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Post Re: Coyle's unit has stats, but can D produce game-winning plays
Second half offense was a joke this season.

http://www.teamrankings.com/nfl/stat/2n ... -share-pct

Miami consistently failed to score or keep the ball in the second half of games. Dead last in time of possession, and some games like I posted where we had the lead were killer. For the most part the defense did what it had to do but the offense was just bad.


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Post Re: Coyle's unit has stats, but can D produce game-winning plays
Never saw a good defense that ever blamed the offense. 86 Bears, 72 Phins, Ravens before Flacco, San Fran.... you can put a list up of defenses that took over a game and put an anemic offense in position to win.


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Post Re: Coyle's unit has stats, but can D produce game-winning plays
swerve13 wrote:
Time after time they could not stop 3rd and long. It was like slow, painful death to watch.


Last year I remember thinking that we had a "bend but not break" defense. They gave up a lot of 3rd and long plays, but seemed to get tougher in the red zone. Imagine how many sacks Tannehill would have had if the offense had more plays.

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Never saw a good defense that ever blamed the offense. 86 Bears, 72 Phins, Ravens before Flacco, San Fran.... you can put a list up of defenses that took over a game and put an anemic offense in position to win.

You mean great defenses. The defense is not great. And the 72 dolphins didnt have an anemic offense.


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