Forgive the Harry Potter-esque title. I can't reiterate this enough. I noted it in my thread about what I've seen from the starters through the two games. One of the intriguing stories about this camp and preseason is that David Martin is BACK. And not just back on the roster, he looks fast and good to me so far in preseason. Fluid, he gets up the field quickly to the top of his route, he's tough for linebackers and safeties to handle, and though he may not be a steam roller when facing DLs and big LBs, he can still match the quickness of DBs and shove them into the dirt. On that Wildcat play to Ricky Williams that went for 10 yards, called back by a BS holding penalty on Anthony Fasano, that play goes 10 yards because David Martin wiped the outside contain CB off the grid. I don't say neutralize, that was more obliterated, brought him to the ground, and quickly too. This was something that David Martin used to be able to do in 2008 that I liked about him. I know you want to say oh well David Martin's a big guy he should be able to bring a small DB to the ground. That's really not the case, because DBs use quickness to their advantage and the bigger you are, the less chance you can match that quickness with your own feet. These guys are strong, too. They're made of wood. You're not going to mow a dude to the ground on initial contact JUST because you outweigh him by 50 lbs. What does the 2-TE set bring to the table? Dan Henning loves it. He uses it creatively in both the pass and run game, to create protection for Chad Henne and mismatch opportunities. I'll have you know that in 2008, Chad Pennington's highest QB rating came out of the 2-TE set. And you know what, even with David Martin gone and replaced by Joey "Built Ford Slow" Haynos? The 2-TE set was still Chad Henne's most efficient pass formation. Here are Henne's QB ratings by TE personnel in 2009: 0 TE: 99 of 172, 1052 YDS, 2 TD, 7 INT, 8 SK - 62.5 QB Rating 1 TE: 88 of 153, 867 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT, 9 SK - 69.8 QB Rating 2 TE: 69 of 99, 799 YDS, 7 TD, 3 INT, 7 SK - 104.7 QB Rating 3+ TE: 2 of 7, 20 YDS, 0 TD, 0 INT, 0 SK - 39.6 QB Rating So the 2-TE set was our most EFFICIENT pass formation. But could we run out of it? Absolutely. In 2009 we did more running out of the 1-TE set but . Here are Ronnie and Ricky's combined rushing by TE personnel in 2009: 0 TE: 32 runs, 154 yards, 0 TD - 4.8 YPC 1 TE: 163 runs, 736 yards, 3 TD - 4.5 YPC 2 TE: 164 runs, 825 yards, 9 TD - 5.0 YPC 3+ TE: 29 runs, 54 yards, 7 TD - 1.9 YPC In 2008, Pennington had his highest QB rating technically with 3+ TEs in the game but that was only 15 pass attempts. Otherwise his highest QB rating was 105.5 out of the 2-TE set, out of which he threw 0 interceptions. The reason David Martin can make these sets even more effective is because unlike Haynos, he can do some damage in the passing game. In 2009 Joey Haynos only produced 0.68 receiving yards for every pass snap he was in the game on. This is where someone like David Martin really had him because he produced 1.61 yards for every pass snap he was in the game on. This means that you can add production with pure efficiency in the 2-TE sets. The idea here is that you can use the 2-TE and 1-RB or even 2-RB looks to give the QB more time and protect against the package blitzes that are so common in today's NFL. And if you give Henne time, that means giving Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess and Brian Hartline time to get open. With David Martin and Ronnie Brown, you have personnel that can be tough to handle in the passing game for linebackers. In 2009 the Dolphins were not very WR-oriented. They used about 2.169 WRs per pass play and that ranked about #24 in the league as far as WR orientation. With Brandon Marshall here and Joey Haynos still the #2 TE, what you were in danger of was having to switch that around to using more 3-WR sets, having a greater WR orientation, and the danger that comes with that is venturing into places that this offense generally hasn't liked to go. What I liked about the Brandon Marshall trade is that his RAC game is so strong and he catches so many short balls, that bringing him in doesn't force this offense to go places they're not comfortable with, they just get the opportunity to super-charge their own attack. David Martin coming back brings the same thing. They don't have to opt for all these 3-WR looks instead of 2-TE looks, even though historically the 2-TE look has been more efficient for them. Here is the WRs per Pass Play table I researched a few months ago. WRs Per Pass New York Jets 1.707 Dallas Cowboys 1.848 San Diego Chargers 1.872 New Orleans Saints 1.934 Minnesota Vikings 2.044 Tampa Bay Bucs 2.065 Indianapolis Colts 2.112 San Francisco 49ers 2.169 Miami Dolphins 2.169 Atlanta Falcons 2.201 Oakland Raiders 2.206 Green Bay Packers 2.210 Chicago Bears 2.211 Baltimore Ravens 2.218 Jacksonville Jaguars 2.236 Carolina Panthers 2.245 Tennessee Titans 2.253 Kansas City Chiefs 2.324 Detroit Lions 2.350 Buffalo Bills 2.361 Philadelphia Eagles 2.371 New England Patriots 2.418 St. Louis Rams 2.428 Houston Texans 2.435 Cincinnati Bengals 2.443 New York Giants 2.455 Seattle Seahawks 2.532 Washington Redskins 2.544 Cleveland Browns 2.554 Pittsburgh Steelers 2.597 Denver Broncos 2.677 Arizona Cardinals 3.140 You notice something? Some of the BEST offenses in the NFL, the Cowboys, Chargers, Saints, Vikings and Colts...were the least WR oriented. So instead of Miami moving the WRONG direction on this list, downward and having to use more WRs per pass play...they can go with what they're more comfortable with, and use the fact that they're BETTER, even though they're not necessarily DEEPER (after this Camarillo trade).