Steve Mitchell

Miami Dolphins' Rushing Offense and Defense

The Miami Dolphins found their missing running game on Sunday in a 15-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens. But they also continued their struggles to stop the run.

Here is a shocking stat about the Miami Dolphins that I bet you didn't know. They are undefeated this season when RB Lamar Miller runs the ball at least 13 times in a game. When he doesn't? The Dolphins are 0-7. Therefore, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the Miami Dolphins defeated the Baltimore Ravens Sunday 15-13 behind 113 yards on 20 carries for Miller. 

It is clear that HC Dan Campbell told new offensive coordinator Zac Taylor to run the ball more. Amen. That is exactly what the Dolphins need to do not only throughout the rest of this season but also next season too. It takes pressure off of Ryan Tannehill and puts the ball in the hands of one of our best offensive weapons. 

However, the bigger overaching issue of Sunday's game was Miami's inability to stop rookie RB Javorius Allen, who trounced the Dolphins defense for 63 yards on 17 rushes and 107 yards on 12 receptions and a score in the passing game. This can be boiled down to one thing: the Dolphins, other than Ndamukong Suh, are not getting enough push from their defensive line. This creates holes for oppising running backs, who are destroying our weak linebacker unit.

Basically, the Dolphins need to get tougher up front and need to bolster their linebacker unit, among other things. The Dolphins defense ranks dead last in the NFL in defending the run, something the team has done pretty well at leading up to this season.

My fix for the Dolphins' woes? Focus on stopping the run first. Draft a linebacker (or 2 or 3 or 4) in this year's draft, and maybe consider switching back to a 3-4 defense depending on who is the team's defensive coordinator next season.

Something has got to change for a team that is getting absolutely dominated on the ground and by opposing running backs.


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