Ronnie Brown and The Miami Dolphins: Why the Wildcat Is “Wildflat”

September 29, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The wildcat just doesn't seem as electrifying and powerful as it has in the last two years, and it's hard to say why. You could argue that it's because teams are just used to it by now. And though that answer isn't out of the question, is it really the issue?
This time last year, teams were preparing for the wildcat whenever they played the Dolphins. In spite of that preparation, the Dolphins still used the formation effectively. The wildcat worked because it's a game of numbers: subtract the QB and there's an extra blocked and less time wasted giving a hand-off to the tailback.
Nobody is really fooled by the formation unless a pass is attempted, which isn't all that uncommon to really call it a "trick" play.
Why then, is this formation no longer working for the Dolphins? They've been the masters of the wildcat, after all. It's confusing that all of the sudden it just doesn't work.
Here's what I think: the Dolphins are simply not using the wildcat in ...

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