Big Dave wrote:
I thought Berger did "well", but it was clear that the Dolphins ran the ball better behind Grove. Even Pro Football Focus rated Grove better. In fact, Grove was rated the 5th best center in the NFL last year.
What Parcells doesn't like are the penalties and injury issues that Grove has ... but it's not like they didn't know this. He had the same issues at Oakland.
Just goes to show that while stats are useful, they can be misleading.
The fact of the matter is the Dolphins had better success running to the outside or out of the Wildcat than pounding the ball between the tackles.
Perhaps it was the lack of a deep passing game that allowed defenses to play 8 in the box, but the best run blocking lines get it done against 8 man fronts and up the gut.