Dolphins Notebook

Miami Dolphins still searching for first 30-point game this season

 
 
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, wide receiver Brian Hartline and tight end Charles Clay are all happy after Hartline's touchdown in the third quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 1, 2013 in East Rutherford, N.J.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, wide receiver Brian Hartline and tight end Charles Clay are all happy after Hartline's touchdown in the third quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 1, 2013 in East Rutherford, N.J.
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The Miami Dolphins haven’t gone a whole season without scoring 30 points in a game since their expansion year of 1966, when they never exceeded 29.

These Dolphins haven’t scored 28 or more in any of their first 12 games — the only team in the league with that ignominious distinction.

Even in Sunday’s 23-3 win against the Jets, “we still hit that ceiling,” offensive coordinator Mike Sherman bemoaned Monday. “We can’t get over [it]. There’s some sort of rule we can’t get over a certain level of points.

“I mean, what’s wrong with scoring 30, 35 points and having a little more breathing room? Gosh dang, we had so many opportunities and left points on the field.”

On the run

Sherman gave a mixed assessment on running back Lamar Miller, whose 22 carries were a career high, topping his 18 earlier this season at New England.

“He needs to get more explosive runs,” Sherman said. “With 22 carries, you need more explosive runs — pick your feet up through the hole a little bit. But I thought he ran hard and was physical.”

Miller ran for 72 yards but averaged just 3.3 yards per carry. Miller played 65 snaps, Mike Gillislee with 10 and Marcus Thigpen with nine.

Rookie tight end Dion Sims played a season-high 44 of Miami’s 82 offensive snaps, which Sherman said was a function of wanting “to run the ball more” and use more two tight-end sets than three receiver formations. Charles Clay played 70 snaps, Michael Egnew 27.

Defense looking up

• Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said linebacker Philip Wheeler has improved and is “playing with a lot more confidence, a lot more sure of himself. He flies around. He had a heck of a game” Sunday. Coyle said linebacker Dannell Ellerbe also is playing well.

• The Dolphins visit Pittsburgh on Sunday, and Coyle — the Bengals’ former defensive backs coach — noted he has coached 17 times against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“He’s a unique challenge in that so many of his plays he’s able to extend and create plays, different than a lot of quarterbacks,” Coyle said. “He’s not running for the first down necessarily. He’s throwing bombs down the field. You see it time and time again.”

• Cornerback Will Davis, one of the Dolphins’ third-round picks, logged 13 snaps Sunday, by far his most playing time as a rookie, and allowed a completion for 18 yards.

Coyle said Davis played not only because of injuries ( Dimitri Patterson, second-round rookie Jamar Taylor) but also because he was very good in practice the past two weeks.

“He’s got exceptional hands,” Coyle said, adding that Taylor, who missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, also is “really coming on.”

This and that

• NBC and the NFL stuck with Cincinnati-Pittsburgh for the Sunday prime time game Dec. 15 instead of “flexing” to a better game. CBS protected the Dolphins-Patriots game at 1 p.m. that day, meaning it could not have been moved to prime time.

• NFL investigator Ted Wells wants to issue a report on the Dolphins’ bullying scandal within 10 days, according to a Fox report. Fox’s Jay Glazer also reported that Wells has interviewed some of Jonathan Martin’s former Stanford teammates.

• ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that coach Joe Philbin wanted to release Richie Incognito after he sexually harassed and molested a woman with a golf club at the team’s charity golf event in 2012 but did not have the authority to do it.

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