Ronnie Brown, Miami Dolphins: Single-Wing is Just the Thing

Kyle deManincorCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2008

Suddenly, last year's 1-15 record seems like a distant memory.

Coming off back to back victories against New England and San Diego, the Miami Dolphins are giving their fans, and themselves, a reason to believe again.

At 2-2, these Dolphins aren't a team to be taken lightly.

Running formations out of the single-wing wildcat offense, the Dolphins have become a nightmare for opposing defenses.

Ronnie Brown has benefited the most from this unorthodox spread offense. In the last two games, Brown has rushed for 228 yards and 6 touchdowns. He has also thrown for a touchdown out of the same formation.

His elusiveness has been difficult for oopposing defenses to stop and he has shown no signs that his surgically repaired knee is a problem.

Brown has also made life easier for Chad Pennington. Pennington has thrown for 817 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. As the most accurate passer in NFL history, Pennington has completed 67 percent of his passes, and has been the anchor of a very efficient Miami offense.

Much of that efficency has been a result of Brown's surge in production due, in part, to the Wildcat offense. Chad isn't forced to make the big plays, and Miami is using the tandem of Ricky Williams and Brown in the same backfield.

More importantly, the Dolphins have limited their turnovers and penalties. They have turned the ball over only twice, the lowest total in the AFC. They've committed a scant 16 penalties, third lowest in the NFL.

Bill Parcells has clearly made his mark, and new coach Tony Sparano has been a master of creating an offense tailored for its playmaker: Ronnie Brown.

It's unsure how effective the single-wing will be in upcoming weeks, but one thing is for sure: these Dolphins are no fluke.