The Miami Dolphins present the Ricky and Ronnie show! Season three will kick-off, on location, at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, NY at 1PM on CBS.
Since Miami unveiled the Wildcat offense in 2008, both backs have been asked to go above and beyond the usual ball carrying and catching short passes. They have become second quarterbacks. Ronnie Brown in particular has become the better passer.
As we head into season three, the boys have a new under-star added to the cast. He came from another reality series called "As The Denver Broncos Turn", his name is Brandon Marshall.
Think of how much they could do with a big-time receiver in the mix! Marshall should add an explosive dimension to the Wildcat, and whatever other wrinkles that Dan Henning has up his sleeve this year.
We now have a young passing quarterback, for whom the offense is being built. This all contributes to a recipe for the most exciting Miami Dolphins offense this side of Marino and The Marks Brothers!
Of course there are some question marks here.
Number one, is Ronnie going to be able to go an entire season without getting injured? According to Coach Sporano, Ronnie reported to camp with no ill effects from last year's season ending foot injury. Marshall has also arrived with a clean bill of health (he had hip surgery last year while playing for Denver).
Given the fact that QB Chad Henne now has weapons through the air, Ricky and Ronnie will not have to be the work-horses anymore. This offense has a well balanced attack. It's been a very long time since we were able to say that about a Dolphins offense.
Another question is how Patrick Cobbs will perform this year. He is coming off a season ending knee injury.
Lex Hilliard and Lousaka Polite proved to be pleasent surprises in 2009. They both filled in admirably when both Brown and Cobbs went down last year. Cobbs, Hilliard, and Polite should provide depth to the Miami running game in 2010.
It took three years into the Parcells era in Miami, but football fans here should be genuinely excited about their offense this year.