The Wildcat was responsible for a crushing defeat against the Patriots early in the 2008 season. However, after that the Wildcat was just an above average running play.
Obviously anyone would take 6.1 yards a rush (which is what the Dolphins averaged on Wildcat running plays), but once teams started preparing for the Wildcat it began to be stopped relatively easily.
However, there were still two plays that worked out of the Wildcat regardless of when they were used: Trick plays and Ronnie Brown up the middle.
The Dolphins scored on three trick plays out of the Wildcat. Two of those were flea flicker passes that each went for 50-plus yard touchdowns. Patrick Cobbs was on the receiving end of one of those passes while Ted Ginn Jr. caught the other.
The other trick play I am talking about is the Ronnie Brown touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano.
While the person under center in the Wildcat is supposed to be a threat to pass, Ronnie Brown really was not. Which is why it was a surprise to see him connect on a 19-yard pass to Fasano against the Patriots.
As much as teams prepared for the Wildcat, no one seemed ready to handle Ronnie Brown up the middle.
Teams were so concerned with the wrinkles the Wildcat could have that Brown would often be eight-yards down the field before anyone realized he had not handed the ball off to Ricky Williams or Ginn.