"Touchdown Miami": The Dynamic Dolphin Plays of 2008
Who is Patrick Cobbs, you ask?
Mr. Cobbs is the recipient of the "I can't believe how wide open I am for a touchdown" award in 2008, and my favorite Dolphin play of the year.
This play occurred against the Houston Texans on Oct. 12, 2008 in the first quarter.
Ricky Williams takes a direct snap from center and sprints right. Pitches the ball to the QB Chad Pennington who had lined up as a wide receiver. The misdirection has the Texans' defense confused and they refused to believe Pennington would ever throw the ball to Cobbs who had been seldom used up to that point.
Well, Pennington did.
And Cobbs was so wide open that he sprinted into the end zone 10 yards away from the closest Texans' defender.
That's what I call a five-star Fin Slap.
2. The second Dolphin gem happened Nov. 9, 2008 during a home game against the Seattle Seahawks.
In the box score it says, "Chad Pennington 39 yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr." That leaves out the location of the pass (back of the end zone) and pinpoint accuracy by Pennington (Ginn caught the ball about a foot distance away from out of bounds).
Add the fact that Ginn had nanoseconds to gather the ball in and get two feet down, and all of sudden, Ginn is the high first round draft pick that everyone thought he could be.
On the afternoon of September 21, 2008, the New England Patriots felt the wrath of the now-infamous formation through the defensive eyes of it players watching Ronnie Brown left, Ronnie Brown right, Ronnie Brown through the middle.
Then, with 5:46 left in the third quarter and the Patriots needing a stop, Ronnie Brown took the snap from center, drifted left making the move like he was going to run—slowly lifting his left hand up and showing the motion of a forward pass.
A wide-open little known tight end Anthony Fasano would be the recipient of the most unlikely scenario ending of the play.
A pass from Ronnie Brown resulting in six points further extended the lead in a game where no thought that the Dolphins remotely had a chance to win in Foxboro, Mass.
4. If nobody remembers former Dolphin linebacker AJ Duhe harassing New York Jet QB Richard Todd in the AFC Championship game at the Orange Bowl in the early 1980s, then all you have to do is look at current Dolphin and 2008 rookie Philip Merling's exceptional interception return of Brett Favre in what ended up being the last game of the Jet's season.
This play was the result of pressure from the Dolphins' defense for most of the first half in the afternoon/early evening game on December 28, 2008.
The Jets started well early but then the blitzes got to Favre. He faltered and threw a bad pass that fell directly in the arms of Merling.
Catching the ball in disbelief, Merling then rumbled in what seemed to be slow motion for 25 tards into the end zone, giving the Dolphins a lead that seemed to catapult them to the AFC East Division championship.
It was now when the team started to believe they could win, and they did.
5. If the Kansas City Chiefs thought these 2008 Miami Dolphins wouldn't bring their bag of Wildcat tricks to the coldest played game (10 degrees F, wind chill temp of -10 degrees F) in Dolphins' history, then they were looking at film on the wrong Miami team.
Another problem for the Chiefs might be waiting for the formation to develop.
In a sharp contrast of offensive strategy, the Dolphins wasted no time in this late December contest.
Instead of the Wildcat, Ginn raced towards Pennington on an end around before turning upfield resulting in the Dolphins' score, 18 seconds into the game.
Further proving the Dolphins could play ball anywhere, anytime.
In a season of many great plays by the Dolphins, it was hard to come up with just five.
In my eyes, these particular plays were critical in their timing and added to the momentum of the season.
The best part is just hearing or saying the words "Touchdown Miami" and feeling the joy of the 2008 Miami Dolphin season.
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