Heading into the game against the Denver Broncos, the Miami Dolphins were the third worst team in the red zone, trailing only the San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills. However, during that game, they seemed to have turned a corner as they scored five touchdowns on five trips inside the red zone. With that in mind, have the Dolphins figured out the key to success in that area?
“We just finished drives really well. When we got down there, usually when we get down there, we just don’t finish that well," Mike Pouncey said. "This past week, we put our mind on that, knowing every point was going to matter against Peyton (Manning) and so we went out there with the mindset that we had to score every time in the red zone, which we do every week, but last week we did really well in the red zone.”
Does this mean that the Dolphins can now turn their attention to other things or will they continue to work on it in practice and the film room? Pouncey said it's no time to relax and be content.
"I think we played really well in the red zone on Sunday, but obviously it’s something that we have to continue to work on," Mike Pouncey said. "It hasn’t been money for us all year. It’s something that we have to continue to work on and keep getting better and better at it each week.”
One small reason for success was because the Dolphins used Daniel Thomas in that area of the field more than Lamar Miller or any other running back. Philbin said that it depends on the game situation when deciding who to use.
“Some of it’s play specific. Some of it’s that. Some of it’s scheme specific in terms of what runs we might be featuring that week that perhaps we like him better than somebody else at.”
Let's hope that the Dolphins have in fact turned the corner in the red zone. They'll need to score as many touchdowns as possible over the next five games if they want to compete and make a serious run at making the playoffs.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs