The Miami Dolphins head into their bye week with a 3&3 record and a share of the AFC East lead. The team has transitioned from a power running team last year into a west coast offense this year, lead by rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill, however, is running the offense unlike any rookie before him.http://www.thephinsider.com/2012/10/17/ ... -no-huddle
SI.com's Peter King wrote in his Monday Morning Quarterback that the Dolphins are currently leading the NFL in use of the no-huddle offense. The team, according to King and STATS, Inc., ran the no-huddle on 58.9% of their snaps through Week 5 of the season. And, King goes on to explain, the Dolphins are highly effective in it, averaging nearly a yard more per play on no-huddle plays than when they do huddle.
King goes on to use fellow rookie quarterback Andrew Luck to emphasize his point. Luck ran 13 no-huddle plays in the Indianapolis Colts' Week 5 win over the Green Bay Packers. King writes that Colts coach Bruce Arians explained that running no-huddle plays at that rate is something Peyton Manning did not do until this third or fourth year in the league.
All preseason, the talk around Dolphins camp was the tempo of practice. The offense was looking to get to the line of scrimmage fast and run around 90 offensive plays a game. While the team is still rushing to the line of scrimmage, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman explained during his press conference Monday that wearing out the defense is not the main focus right now.
"It's not tempo because we're not snapping the ball as fast as I would like at this point," Sherman explained. "It's more his ability to see what the defense is deploying and get us into the right protection or the right check. He's not threatened by the clock as much as if he were in the huddle. You'd probably have to take eight to ten seconds off the clock, so he's snapping the ball at about ten seconds, maybe sometimes eight. Sometimes even lower than that. His ability to be able to make some schematic decisions to put us in the best situation possible is enhanced by us being at the line of scrimmage sooner."