The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.
- Don Shula
The problem with your perception here is that it's based on nothing objective, yet you're stating it as though it's a certainty. It's entirely possible you're falling prey to confirmation bias here, in that the team could be running no less at the times you're talking about than it does in general.
Moreover, we're a long way from the point that rushing attempts predict wins, not rushing success. It's as if some people here believe that, despite the importance of rushing attempts, running the ball is nonetheless continent on success. That isn't true. You have to run the ball even when you aren't successful, yet, again, there is no evidence the Dolphins are less successful than the average team.
In other words, you could tell me the Dolphins are not successful running the ball in some way, and I wouldn't care. I would tell you they'd have to run the ball nonetheless. The critical point isn't whether they're successful.
I think the coaching staff lacks patience, a soon as they`re not getting 5 yards a carry they completely abandon the running throwing and start throwing all over the place. Thing is the OL and running backs benefit from every previous attempts, as it attacks the DL instead of responding to it, tiring them. So maybe they should stick with it and see where that takes'em. I don't have access to rushing attemps in first and 2nd halves but Im pretty sure 2nd half attempts are few and far between and it shouldnt be considering we've been ahead in multiple games entering the second half...
Using the Panthers game as a barometer i.e. leading at halftime, I think there are two competing strategies to adopt going into the 2nd half. The first strategy is to go for the quick score by passing in order to "ice" the game. The second is to commit to the run and control the clock while preserving the lead. Sherman's philosophy seems to be to go for the quick score, to force the opponent to become one-dimensional.
If the quick score fails to materialize I get the feeling that Sherman shows indecisiveness and has no idea how to proceed. Clearly once Carolina scored quickly to pull to 16-13, Sherman panicked and felt desperate to need to respond immediately with a quick strike. It feels as if the game plan disintegrated into chaos.
It would be interesting to see the Dolphins' run/pass ratio broken out by down split by halves or even quarters.
1st half rushing attempts: 136 attempts for 614 yards.
2nd half rushing attempts: 92 attempts for 324 yards.
To break it down even further.
1st quarter: 62 attempts for 199 yards.
2nd quarter: 74 attempts for 415 yards.
3rd quarter: 45 attempts for 152 yards.
4th quarter: 47 attempts for 172 yards.
if dolphins had top 10 qb. the doplphins would be in playoff every year. they put to much pressure on defense....
at end of day Carolina cb could not cover deep ball. why not used difference wr to go deep or go deep to wallace... that was key to beating them... other team will watch dolphins game and beat panthers. we did not need running game to work. dolphins to me play lose...