Five Plays That Worked For the Dolphins in 2008

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Five Plays That Worked For the Dolphins in 2008

The Miami Dolphins implemented the "Wildcat" formation in 2008 to take advantage of tailbacks Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams on the same play.

Both players were on the field in various sets with Brown often times taking the snap in a shotgun formation with quarterback Chad Pennington usually off the field.

When Brown would take the snap, Williams usually ran towards Brown either taking the hand-off or being a decoy on the play. Brown was the key to the whole play as he was forced to make quick reads on the defense watching the linebackers in pursuit while paying close attention to the defensive ends off the edge.

The formation was very successful and first debuted against New England, the defending AFC champs and winners of 21 straight regular season games.

Following a loss to Arizona, Miami head coach Tony Sparano met with quarterbacks coach David Lee, who used the formation while as the offensive coordinator at Arkansas with Darren McFadden. Against New England, Brown lined up at quarterback six times scoring three touchdowns and throwing another.

"We had trouble with a lot of things," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in his post-game press conference. "That was one of them. We had trouble a lot."

Brown finished the season with 916 yards and 10 touchdowns. Williams added 659 yards and four scores.

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