With Ronnie Brown out, the Dolphins will need to find ways to move the ball other than the Wildcat with Brown as the focul point.
If they want to use the Wildcat Ricky Williams is going to have to be the one taking snaps. I know Ricky is not Ronnie but he is still a great runner. The only problem is that instead of sitting back and improvising like only Brown can do, Williams will probably have to use designed plays and blocks more than Ronnie usually does.
Ricky and Ronnie are both great runners but they are two entirely different types of runners. Ronnie usually is patient and waits for something to develop so he can burst through the hole and get open space.
Ricky goes where he's supposed to and hits the gap with conviction, which is the reason he's not quite as effective in running the Wildcat.
The unconventional formation has shown some success with Ricky taking snaps though. Ricky could very easily break some big runs out of the Wildcat but we won't be seeing it as often as we have in the past.
While they can't completely dismiss the Wildcat, the Dolphins need to make sure they get their conventional attack going to minimize the loss of Brown.
It hurts that Patrick Cobbs is out for the year because this is the time Miami needs him to be a threat on the end-around out of the Wildcat. Sure Lex Hilliard could be a good runner but we just haven't seen enough from him to know what his strengths are.
What will most likely take the place of the Wildcat in the absence of Ronnie Brown is the Pistol, or the "Wildpat," which features QB Pat White.
Yes the Dolphins need to ask for more out of the rookie from West Virginia. White will definitely need to step it up and maybe complete a few passes against the Panthers.
The option will be key out of the Pistol in keeping the defense off balance. Instead of relying on Ronnie's intelligence in the backfield, the Dolphins will need to keep Carolina looking at White and guessing what he might do.
Lex Hilliard will need to prove himself as a runner this week too. He hasn't been utilized at all offensively for the Dolphins but now is the time for him to show what he can do as I'm sure Ricky won't carry the full load.
Offensively, the Dolphins need big games out of White, Williams and Hilliard to beat the Panthers.