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Week 1 vs. BUF
Rushing: 13 / 65 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 20 / 0 on 3 targets
Brown looked as good as ever, with no issues lingering from his broken foot suffered in 2009. Brown was powerful, patient, and flashed that great second gear in the open field more than once in this game. He broke runs outside for big gains on multiple occasions and launched himself over the pile for the Fins only TD. He also had a nice catch and run to get the Dolphins inside the 20 on another possession, but did little as a wildcat QB. He's looking like he'll make everyone who drafted him very happy this year.
Week 2 vs. MIN
Rushing: 13 / 80 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 1 targets
Brown looked ordinary in the opening quarter, but broke a big one for 50 yards, as he ran it out from the 1-yard line. It was pretty conservative play calling day for Miami, who had the lead all day, and Brown took turns with Ricky Williams making steady gains and moving the chains just enough to eat the clock up. Late in the game though, he made a costly fumble on his own 24-yard line, allowing the Vikings to stay in the game right up to the end.
Week 3 vs. NYJ
Passing: 0 - 1, 0 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 11 / 54 / 0
Receiving: 2 / -1 / 0 on 2 targets
There was not much room to run for Brown early as the Jets defensive front did a good job of containing the Dolphins ground game and then the Dolphins fell behind and put the run by the wayside. Brown did see some work in the Wildcat package which was somewhat effective, but also threw a terrible pass which should have been thrown right out of bounds.
Brown is a solid player and will continue to be so, but found very little success against one of the tougher run defenses in the league.
Week 4 vs. NE
Rushing: 11 / 27 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 29 / 0 on 4 targets
The Dolphins looked to use Brown as a catalyst early on by getting him a few screen passes on the opening drive along with running him out of the wildcat formation, albeit unsuccessfully. But it was Ricky Williams, and not Ronnie Brown who led the backfield and the Dolphins rushing attack. And while Brown had more touches, it was Williams who made the bigger impact.
Week 6 vs. GB
Rushing: 19 / 73 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 2 / 0 on 1 targets
Brown got the ball first, but split carries pretty evenly with Ricky Williams. Williams is clearly better suited to running straight ahead, but Brown held his own between the tackles, albeit without as much power. The Dolphins run blocking was suspect in the first half, but seemed to win more battles later in the game and it showed in Brown's performance. Late in the game, Brown made a great extra effort that seemed to convert a third and short, but the refs called it otherwise. He also got more of the workload with the game on the line in the fourth quarter.
Week 7 vs. PIT
Rushing: 9 / 14 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 20 / 0 on 4 targets
Brown was clearly mismatched against the Steelers D, but Miami kept on giving him the ball ahead of Ricky Williams. Based on his performance, one has to wonder how many more chances he'll get to prove himself; but based on the coaching decisions, he's still the one they want carrying the ball more often than not. The Dolphins again went without the Wildcat formation, and frankly, Brown looked a little lost without it, looking hesitant on most running plays. He got close to the goal line after a short reception in which he beat his man, so perhaps he just needs some open field to run in. Between the tackles is really not working for him right now.
Week 8 vs. CIN
Rushing: 16 / 61 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 7 / 0 on 2 targets
Overall the Cinci defense had him bottled up for much of the day. His big damage came in the late 1st half with about 2:30 minutes to go after a nice kickoff return by the Miami Dolphins. Brown took 3 consecutive hand offs including one out of the shotgun and managed to gain 32 yards. Considering what he finished with for the day the majority of his other carries were very uneventful. Miami is not throwing a lot to the backs either. Whether that is by design or partly Henne is up for debate. They do like to leave the back in to help pass protect for their young QB so it can limit their chances in the passing game. Cinci has not been very good at stopping the run and Miami did OK as a group and gained yards when they needed them but they didn't exactly blow holes thru the defense either.
Week 9 vs. BAL
Rushing: 9 / 59 / 1
Receiving: 5 / 40 / 0 on 6 targets
I just don't understand how he can have 6 carries for 45 yds and a touchdown on the opening drive and then only have 3 more carries the rest of the game. He was active in the passing game for once and overall owners got a nice game out of him. But there was so much more for the taking it would seem. A 6 yd avg for the game and only 9 carries? That makes no sense. Brown was tearing thru holes and hitting the holes with incredible burst. He was also breaking one arm tackles and in general creating havoc on the opening drive. He wasn't injured so this has to be placed on the coaching staff.
Week 10 vs. TEN
Rushing: 12 / 11 / 1
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Brown got an early rushing TD and then had little to no impact in the game after that. His goalline TD showed that he still appears to possess a good mix of speed and power. As he rushed forward, the Titans bottled it up, and then he took off outside and found the endzone. But after that, Brown was met in the backfield virtually every time he touched the ball. He had no running room at all. At the end of the third quarter, he found himself in the wildcat, and the Titans were ill-prepared. But he only had one successful "wildcat" carry, a 6 yard plunge in the final quarter.
Week 11 vs. CHI
Rushing: 3 / 10 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 19 / 0 on 3 targets
You can read the stats. He wasn't hurt during the football game but Miami was gutless in their coaching approach. If there was ever a night to run the wildcat this was it. Thigpen would have been perfect in that formation and they could have allowed Ronnie Brown to run this offense and at least pick up a few first downs and keep their defense off the field.
Week 12 vs. OAK
Rushing: 24 / 85 / 0
Workmanlike and was able to grind out yards. His longest run of the day was only 8 yards and he was no factor in the passing game. Miami fans will be happy with the outcome but owners are probably not excited this week. Ricky Williams had a much better day. Brown also ran the wildcat a few more times than usual.
Week 13 vs. CLE
Rushing: 16 / 50 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 27 / 0 on 2 targets
Ronnie Brown continues to get the edge in playing time over Ricky Williams, but his play is not deserving of it. He was the opposite of elusive, standing tall on most runs, thus giving the defense a bigger target to hit, and he goes down very easily. Brown made modest gains when he had blockers to follow, as he does when running out the Wildcat formation, but simply brought no power or breakout speed to the table.
Week 14 vs. NYJ
Passing: 0 - 1, 0 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 16 / 55 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
Brown had very little success against the tough Jets defensive line, often finding himself hit at or behind the line of scrimmage. He was able to break off a few longer runs and got the majority of the carries but was unable to produce much on the ground.
Week 15 vs. BUF
Rushing: 10 / 39 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 1 targets
In 9 of the Dolphins 14 games, Ronnie Brown has had less than 15 carries. Of the other 5 games, 3 of them were 16 carry games. He doesn't touch the ball enough. He did run a touchdown in but overall Brown looks slow and his return to Miami Next season is pretty low at this point. Brown doesn't have a lot of explosiveness left and Chad Henne would benefit greatly from an explosive RB lining up behind him to take some pressure of the passing game.
Week 16 vs. DET
Rushing: 12 / 37 / 1
Receiving: 6 / 34 / 0 on 6 targets
Ronnie Brown played hard for the entire game, but finished with minimal yards and ultimately his final touch ended the game for the Dolphins. His contributions were minimal for the first three quarters, and his longest run was a 15 yard run out of the shotgun formation early in the second quarter. Brown took the ball up the gut, then cut back toward the outside and broke up field for a nice run. It was his longest of the day. His TD run came late in the third quarter, where he took the handoff and was hit immediately. He kept fighting though, and powered his way into the end zone to put the Dolphins up by seven going into the 4th quarter. However, he will ultimately be remembered as the guy who couldn't get out of bounds with 18 seconds to go. He took a short check down pass and tried to get to the sideline to stop the clock. When the defender approached, Brown made a mistake and left his feet. The defender caught him and planted him into the turf. The ref couldn't get the ball set in time and the final 18 seconds ran off the clock and the Dolphins lost.
Week 17 vs. NE
Rushing: 6 / 14 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 39 / 0 on 4 targets
As has happened the whole season the running game was terrible and non-existent. The odds are not in Ronnie Brown's favor to be back with Miami and perhaps he does have something left in the tank and a new team will rejuvenate his career. Right now he offers very little in the running game and Miami spent millions the last couple years on their OLine. Brown has no breakaway speed but he does catch the ball well out of the backfield. A pass friendly offense would not hurt him wherever he goes in the off season.