Bess produced the fifth-highest punt return average (11.9) in team history. Nate Jacquet holds the team lead with a 12.5 average he set in 1999 on 28 punt returns.
SPARANO JOINS JETS
The irony of Tony Sparano becoming the Jets' offensive coordinator is his team created the opening. In the final game, the Dolphins' 19-17 victory knocked the Jets from the playoffs, prevented the kind of post-season warmth of their past two years and made an internal problem go public when receiver Santonio Holmes refused to play.
Brian Schottenheimer was forced out as the offensive coordinator, and now Sparano enters the picture, and will likely bring his ground-and-pound running style back to the Jets. What's ironic is that Sparano will be joining forces with Rex Ryan, whom he clearly disliked during his tenure as the Dolphins' coach.
ON THE RUN
Despite the intent to become more of a passing team, the Dolphins averaged 124.2 rushing yards per game, and finished 11th in the NFL in rushing yards per contest.
... RB Reggie Bush averaged 5.0 yards per carry in 2011, which was tied for the seventh-highest single-season rushing average in team history. He's tied with Joe Carter, who also averaged 5.0 yards per carry in 1984, and one spot behind the 5.1-yard-per-carry average Ronnie Brown produced in 2007 before suffering a season-ending ACL injury.
Brandon Fields finished the year with career highs in both punting and net punting average, but he also set a team record with his 48.8-yard average, which broke John Kidd's record of 46.3, which was set in 1996. Fields improved on the net punting average record he already owned by producing a 41.1 average in 2011.
"Koa Misi is a guy who is going to be a very good player. I'm not willing to give up on him at all."
— Retired Dolphins pass rusher Jason Taylor told WQAM's Joe Rose when asked about Misi, his successor as the team's starting strongside linebacker.
QUOTE UNQUOTE II
"I will say I've met more offensive players this year."
— Pass rusher Cameron Wake when asked if he was covered differently this season, which featured a dropoff from 14 sacks last year, a Pro Bowl season, to 8.5 in 2011.