Dolphins defensive efforts stopping the run is paying off slowly, but surely

The Miami Dolphins may have a 1-2 record where most fans believe this is a dismal start and the beginning of a rather difficult season to watch.

While the fans voice their complaints of the Dolphins 32nd ranked offense, the defense is starting to show how well they’ve made adjustments to stop the run.

If Pro Football Focus is any consolation for fans looking inside the numbers, Ryan M. Smith of PFF, indicated after the Dolphins week 2 performance that the defensive effort that both Ndamukong Suh and William Hayes had great games.

Suh’s effort placed him in the top of defensive tackles with a 89.7 grade or 4th amongst all Defensive Tackles.  What’s more, Suh earned a 90.2 grade in run defense.

However, if Suh has been stellar defensively, one has to look at the job that William Hayes has done since coming to Miami.

Hayes posted a grade of 82.6 which ranked him 6th amongst all defensive ends per PFF.  In addition, Smith mentions in his week 2 report that Hayes 3 quarterback hurries and a sack on just 25 snaps played.

In week 3, the Dolphins lost to the Jets 20-6, but both Suh and Hayes continue to shine.  Suh posted a 87.8 grade (89.3 versus the run) while Hayes didn’t get a mention.

In week 4 during the Saints 20-0 loss, Suh didn’t get nearly the mention as in week 2/3, but Charles Harris, defensive end had a nice day with 2 quarterback hurries and recorded a stop.

At this point, when the Dolphins are finding ways to stay in games, stopping the run versus the run-heavy teams such as this weeks opponent Tennessee, will be even more critical.

Let’s hope that the Dolphins defensive line continues to set the tone and play better each week as a unit.

-All stats shared by Ryan M. Smith of Pro Football Focus.

Ndamukong Suh 2017

Photo Credit-Miami Herald- Ndamukong Suh meets with media in September.

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