As an NFL team moves deeper into the season, practices tend to have less contact as the increasingly tired players aim to recover for the next game.
After seeing the Miami Dolphins’ recent failings in short-yardage situations, though, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said he might be forced to reverse this trend, especially when it comes to working on power runs.
“I think it’s a matter of me putting them in those situations in practice, live-contact situations where it’s full-bore,” Sherman said. “It’s a little bit different when it’s full speed and the defense can tackle as opposed to just playing on your feet and reacting to the play on defense.”
In the past two games, Miami has converted just two of its six short-yardage situations on third or fourth downs. In their first three games, the Dolphins were 11 for 16 in those situations.