The Wildcat Is Out Of The Bag!

sean scottContributor IMay 27, 2009

DAVIE, FL - MAY 02:  Rookie quarterback Pat White  #6 of the Miami Dolphins drops back to pass during mini camp on May 2, 2009 at the Miami Dolphins Training facility in Davie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Last season, the Miami Dolphins were coming off a 1-15 season and most fans were hoping just to avoid picking No. 1 in the draft again. 


As the season unfolded the Miami Dolphins found they lacked much punch on offense and started running a few trick plays during the games. 


These trick plays led to a full blown part of the offensive playbook, known around the league now as the “Wildcat” offense. Most of these plays have Ronnie Brown taking direct snaps and Chad Pennington lining up at WR. 


Miami busted a lot of plays open with this offense and no game was it more proficient than during the 38-13 thumping of the New England Patriots on their home turf. Brown scored five touchdowns and New England had no answers that day. 


Fast forward to 2009 and I believe most fans felt the Wildcat would go away with perhaps a few plays every so often. 


But the second round pick of Pat White from West Virginia sent a clear message that the Wildcat was here to stay. 


White was able to showcase himself in college as a mobile option type quarterback. What this likely means is that Brown will not have to line up under center every time now. 


But even if Brown does in fact do just that, White lined up at WR instead of Chad Pennington will mean that defenses have to respect White and his special set of skills.  


Imagine White lined up wide with Brown taking the direct snap. Meanwhile, Teddy Ginn Jr is lined up on the other side opposite White left of center. 


Here comes the snap, Brown runs right with the ball and pitches it on an end-around to a streaking White—who throws left handed I might add—and as he takes the ball and is running to the left, he suddenly pulls up and throws a bomb 40-yards down the field to Ginn who is already five-yards behind the closest defensive back.




The Wildcat is out of the bag and it isn’t going back in anytime soon.