Originally posted on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 11/24/12
When Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman came to South Beach, they had visions of an up-tempo, fast-moving offense that moved the chains and kept defenses on their heels. Through 11 weeks, Philbin hasn't gotten the results he'd like, and he can pinpoint it to one telling number in the Dolphins' 4-6 campaign. “The thing that I think has been a challenge for us is our play count is nowhere near where it needs to be," Philbin said Friday, according to the team's media site. "I think that’s primarily, I believe that’s a reflection of our third down performance or lack thereof."Through 11 weeks, the Dolphins have run 625 plays from scrimmage, which ranks bottom-third in the NFL. The Dolphins are also converting on just 35.8 percent of third downs, which is fourth-worst in the AFC."When you’re running 55 plays in a game, let’s say you average 12 possessions a game and that’s give or take, so if you’re running 55 plays, that’s four to five plays per...
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