Browns Very Familiar With Daboll

First-year Dolphins offensive coordinator Brian Daboll spent two seasons in the same role with the Cleveland Browns — a connection that's likely to help both sides on Sunday. The question, of course, is whether it'll most help the Dolphins or the Browns.

"I'm sure they feel like they have some information on Brian," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said.

The Daboll connection is far from the only one that binds the two franchises. Sparano coached the Browns' offensive line in 2000.

Meanwhile, several prominent players share some connections, too. Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and Dolphins safety Reshad Jones — both of whom are likely to see a lot of one another on Sunday — were teammates at Georgia from 2006-08. Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and Browns cornerback Joe Haden - both recent first-round picks for their respective teams - were teammates at Florida from 2007 through '09.

-- The Dolphins have lost three consecutive games against the Browns but before that losing streak Miami had won six consecutive games in the series dating between 1988 and 2004. The Dolphins' all-time record in Cleveland is 4-5.

-- The best quarterbacks in franchise history for both teams have had 400-yard passing days in this series. The Browns' Bernie Kosar passed for 401 yards in a game against the Dolphins on Nov. 10, 1986. Two years later, the Dolphins' Dan Marino passed for 404 yards against the Browns on Dec. 12, 1988.

-- After an 0-2 start, the Dolphins are likely welcoming a chance to travel to Cleveland. Though the Dolphins haven't won there in nearly 20 years, they excelled on the road in 2010, finishing with a 6-2 record away from home. That was the second-best road record in the NFL.

-- In the Dolphins' revamped passing offense, QB Chad Henne has been attempting to throw long far more often than he did a season ago. Henne and the Dolphins passing game could be in a good position to do the same against the Browns, who have already given up seven passing plays of at least 20 yards. The longest of those was a 41-yard touchdown pass that the Bengals scored in Week 1.

The Dolphins, though, have also given up their fair share of big plays in the passing game. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady set a career high with 517 yards passing against the Dolphins in Week 1. McCoy has completed four passes of at least 25 yards. Two of those have gone to Massaquoi.

BY THE NUMBERS: 586 - Yards that Dolphins QB Chad Henne has thrown for the past two games. That's the third-highest total over any two-game stretch in his career.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's a bad way to start. The positive to take from it is that we have been there before, unfortunately, and we did dig ourselves out." — Dolphins coach Tony Sparano on the team's 0-2 start.


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