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    Miami Dolphins: The Run Game and Play Action Passing Play Action in TheoryScrew numbers and efficiency ratings for a moment Cheap Kenyan Drake Jersey , let’s contemplate what play action actually accomplishes: it causes the defense to pause. In a game of inches, hund[img][/img] redths of a second, and tight throwing windows, forcing the defense to take precious time diagnosing and reacting can make all the difference. There are only a handful of ways offenses are able to create the “freeze”. Read-option action or a fake jet sweep have the same principle as a traditional play action pass, although sometimes with different intent. The early 2000’s offense of the Indianapolis Colts with Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James, and Marvin Harrison is the perfect play action case study: to me, there’s no better prototype or apex of play action football. The Colts built their offense around the stretch run and play action pass. James’ high quality vision and zone running abilities allowed the Colts to use the stretch run as the staple of their running game. Due to the nature of stretch runs and the extra time it takes to actually hand the ball off, compounding the stretch run with play action allowed for “maximum freeze”. The Colts probably could’ve ran a more traditional offense and still put up monster yardage and points, but the way they incorporated stretch runs and play action into their repertoire – that was art, in my humble opinion.When I’m thinking about successful offensive football, I often resort to the concept of keeping defenses off-balance as the #1 component in successful play calling. “Keeping defenses off-balance” can mean different things depending on the opponent or situation, no doubt. In the long run, though , call me crazy, but plays that keep the defense wondering if it’s going to be a run or pass are some of the best plays you can draw up in keeping defenses off their equilibriumPlay Action with Statistical Context*Primary sources for statistics were taken from this PFF article in 2013 and this Football Outsiders article in 2016. Play Action Vs. Non-Play ActionMeasured StatWith Play Action PassWithout Play Action PassMeasured StatWith Play Action PassWithout Play Action PassThe table is based on 2 years of league-wide data, with the stats being published in December of 2013. PFF follows up the table with some commentary:Now, you can’t just start throwing play action all willy nilly or it loses its luster – BUT – statistically speaking, play action passes are more successful than traditional passes per play. Like any grandiose paradigm, there is variance and local idiosyncrasies that paint a more detailed picture. Let’s look at the only picture most of us really care about: how does all this affect the Miami Dolphins in 2018?Play Action for the Miami Dolphins in 2018In 2015, the Miami Dolphins had the 14th highest play action usage (19%) while having the 8th best DVOA on play action (including passes and scrambles). We’re going back to 2013, but even in Ryan Tannehill’s 2nd professional season, he finished #7 in Play Action QB rating (118.4). Interesting data sub-set: Football Outsiders (hyperlink included above) have a column comparing the DVOA’s of play action vs. non-play action passes. Some teams were better (some much better) throwing play action passes vs. passes with no play action. The Dolphins were one of the “much better” teams, in that, their DVOA variance ranked 4th highest. Meaning, only 3 teams in 2015 had more increased success with play action principles compared to traditional passes than the Miami Dolphins: Miami ranked 8th in play action passing while ranking 26th in traditional passing.Moral of the story and acting theorem? Ryan Tannehill is a top 10, if not higher, play action passer.When you look at the composition of the team Davon Godchaux Jersey , we have the players to make this work. The 2 previous GIF’s are deep completions to Kenny Stills. Although we’ve seen light action to this point, the offensive line looks better on paper and should have better cohesion. A more intact offensive line allows longer plays to develop, like a play action pass. The running backs are quickly shaping to be one of the most stout position groups on the roster, headlined by Kenyan Drake. We have wide receivers that can make the secondary look silly with time to execute longer-developing routes. In my opinion, a balanced offense that leans ever so slightly towards the run while creating opportunities through play action passing is my hope in terms of how the Miami Dolphins approaching offensive game plans in 2018.What are your thoughts, fam? Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota practiced fully Wednesday after being knocked out of Tennessee’s season opener when he hurt the elbow on his right, throwing arm.Barring any setbacks, Titans coach Mike Vrabel expects his quarterback to play Sunday.”He’s feeling good,” Vrabel said. “He was able to practice. He had some rest there Monday and Tuesday, and so he was able to get through and do everything and really looked OK.”That’s when the Titans (0-1) host rival Houston (0-1) in an early AFC South showdown.Mariota briefly left the 27-20 loss in Miami after a late hit from Dolphins end William Hayes after a handoff. Vrabel said the NFL told him that play should have been flagged as a late hit on the quarterback. Mariota returned but left for good after his second interception in a game that was the league’s longest since at least the NFL/AFL merger in 1970 due to lightning.The quarterback said after the game he experienced some numbness in his right hand.”I’m feeling pretty good, kind of taking it one day at a time,” Mariota said. “But I was able to go through practice today, and it felt pretty good.”Mariota has missed at least one game each of his first three seasons with Tennessee , and a variety of leg injuries have kept the No. 2 overall draft pick out of six games. The Titans are 1-5 in those games , and three of those came against Houston. Mariota left a 57-14 rout last October with an injured hamstring.The quarterback said he has never had this type of injury before and that he still had some tingling in his hand Wednesday. In the portion of practice open to reporters, Mariota’s passes didn’t appear to have his usual velocity. Both Vrabel and Mariota dismissed any concerns.”I didn’t have the Jugs gun out so it was kind of hard to tell,” Vrabel said. “But for the most part, it looked like it was getting to where it was supposed to be. … I didn’t notice a huge difference.”Mariota said he didn’t notice any difference, though the spin of the ball coming out of his hand might’ve been a bit different.”I don’t think velocity is a problem, the rotation of it maybe,” Mariota said. “But with that being said, as long as it gets there, it doesn’t matter how it looks.”The Titans already have lost Mariota’s favorite pass threat with tight end Delanie Walker having surgery Wednesday on the right ankle he broke late in the Dolphins’ game. Two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan was sent home Wednesday by the Titans as he continues in the concussion protocol after being knocked out of the opener as well.Right tackle Jack Conklin remains limited as he works his way back after tearing his left ACL in January.And the Titans added wide receiver Corey Davis to the injury report Wednesday. Davis, who led Tennessee with six catches for 62 yards in Miami, was limited with an injured hamstring.Notes: Vrabel said he did hear from the NFL that the hit on Mariota should’ve been flagged for a late hit on the quarterback. … Rookie LB Rashaan Evans (hamstring) practiced fully. The 22nd pick overall out of Alabama missed each preseason game and the opener. LB Harold Landry (ankle) did not practice along with S Kendrick Lewis (foot). LB Derrick Morgan (knee) was limited.Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalker

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