For all the things that went wrong for the Dolphins Sunday, their running game was an unexpected surprise.
Lamar Miller set a career high with 108 yards against the Chiefs, and needed just 15 carries to do so. Miller’s 7.2 yards-per-rush average was his best in a calendar year. That average was helped by a 24-yard carry, the longest by any player in the game.
As a team, the Dolphins mauled the Chiefs for 141 yards on 20 carries. Their 7.05 yards-per-rush average was the ninth-highest in franchise history. Daniel Thomas had two carries for 15 yards in his first game back with the team.
And yet, the Dolphins ran the ball just four times in the fourth quarter — electing to throw on both second-and-1 and third-and-1 with the team down just six. The strategy did not work.
Ground and pound
For as good as the Dolphins were on the ground, the Chiefs were better.
Kansas City shredded Miami's defense for 174 yards, running the ball 41 times. And that was without Jamaal Charles, who missed the game with a high ankle sprain.
Knile Davis filled in just fine, going for 132 yards on 32 carries.
“It’s unacceptable,” said defensive end Jared Odrick.
Dan Marino’s role with the team is so amorphous that he doesn’t even need a desk and a computer.
“I don’t have an office,” Marino said with a smile Sunday. “I’ve just kind of been taking my time, slowly getting involved as much as I can. That’s kind of it right now.”
Last month, the Dolphins named Marino as special adviser to owner Steve Ross and CEO Tom Garfinkel. What exactly that job entails, however, remains a bit of a mystery.
Marino said he will work on sponsorship, stadium and community initiatives and “be supportive on the football side.”
Marino added: “So far, it’s been good.”
Jenkins’ big day
The Dolphins were in desperate need of linebacker help after losing two starters to injury. Jelani Jenkins has accepted the challenge in his second season.
Jenkins was everywhere Sunday. His 14 tackles led all defenders. He recorded 1.5 sacks, combining with Randy Starks on a safety in the second half.
He also forced a fumble and hit quarterback Alex Smith twice.
This and that
▪ The Dolphins added four more players to their Walk of Fame Sunday: Jeff Cross, Tony Nathan, Ed Newman and Sam Madison. They had their stars unveiled underneath the stadium's Joe Robbie statue before the game.
▪ Dustin Colquitt was the Chiefs' not-so-secret weapon. His punts constantly flipped field position, averaging 51 yards per effort — with a net of 48.8. The Chiefs' coverage was excellent all game.
▪ Brian Hartline has now caught a pass in 29 consecutive games.
▪ Recording artist Jon Secada sang the national anthem before Sunday's game.
▪ Sunday's paid attendance: 70,313.