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Tony Sparano defends the Wildcat package

The Wildcat isn't working very well anymore, folks. At least it wasn't working against the Jets to the point it seemed misplaced within Miami's play-calling.

But coach Tony Sparano today defended the use of the scheme that two years ago led to an improbable upset of the New England Patriots and last night seemed to contribute to Miami's downfall.

Sparano said the Wildcat's production was "average," and then he was asked if he believes the package was at any time a hinderance to the flow of the offense?

"No," Sparano said succinctly.

"I would tell you we ran reverse that was a minus play. We probably ran two or three others that were four-yard plays, which is what we're looking for," Sparano said. "I mean, we're not looking for 40-yard plays out of the thing. It's an efficient run. Ronnie had two or three efficient runs out of the thing. He threw a pass out of one of them that, to be quite honest with you, we threw down the field to Brandon, but if we threw the wheel route, it might have been a 30-yard gain. I ain't all stuck on that. Not at all."

The official game book didn't paint quite as rosy a picture of the Wildcat as Sparano did, however. Bottom line, the Dolphins ran out of Wildcat eight times by my count. It gained seven total yards. It accounted for one incomplete pass. Of the eight plays, four accounted for no gain or a loss of yardage.

The plays according to the game book:

Second quarter

First and 10 from the Jets 18 yard line:Ronnie Brown loses one yard.

Second and 11 from the Jets 19 yard line: Brown gains four yards.

Third quarter

Second-and-15 from the Jets 35 yard line. Brown has no gain.

Two plays later on first-and-10 from the Jets 20: Brown gains 5 yards.

On second-and-five from the Jets 15: Brown gains four yards.

On the next possession:

First and goal from the Jets 7 yard line: Brown gains one yard.

On the following possession:

First and 10 from the Miami 24 yard line: Brown throws incomplete to Marshall.

Fourth quarter

First and 10 from the Jets 36: Cobbs on the end around loses six yards.

It should be noted Brown gained 14 yards on five Wildcat carries. His carries out of the base formation accounted for 40 yards on six carries.

So that seems to build a case against Wildcat. But you must remember, the Dolphins lately are using the Wildcat package to even the odds on run plays. Seems most teams on early downs are stacking the box against the Dolphins on run downs. That means Miami is always at a one-man disadvantage in that with the QB under center, the defense always has one more defender than Miami has either blocking or running.

With the QB out of the way in the wildcat package, the Dolphins even the odds. So,yes, Wildcat is a downhill running offense.

Of course, that begs the question, why the reverses to Cobbs or Marshall.

By the way. The Dolphins seem to like Wildcat. Still. They get the only votes on the matter. Everyone else is kinda out-voted.


Sparano was asked the reason cornerback Jason Allen was on receiver Braylon Edwards much of the night -- a matchup that Allen lost -- rather than using superior cornerback Vontae Davis on Edwards. Coach said it was because coaches thought Allen's size made it possible for him to compete better with Edwards.

That didn't excuse Allen's tough outing.

"Jason would tell you he needs to do better," Sparano said.

Jason, by the way, doesn't need to tell me. I saw it. He needs to to much, much, much better to stick Randy Moss or Wes Welker or Brandon Tate next Monday night.


Ah, hidden yardage was no friend of the Dolphins Sunday.

Sparano said the Dolphins yielded 140 yards on special teams. That is the equivalent to a touchdown and then some.


Ricky Williams fumbled once (officially) but had another moment in which he also lost his grip on the ball early enough that it was ruled a fumble before being overturned. Williams has three such losses of the ball in two weeks, although the ball has actually changed possession only once.

That's is enough for Sparano.

"Yes, it concerns me," he said.

Williams needs to keep both hands on the ball unless he is fine with not playing in the fourth quarter of games as he did Sunday night.


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Good morning fellas.

I got back from Miami about 12 last night. It was my first Dolphins game ever. I am disappointed with the result obviously. I'm not a moral victory person at all. Everyone crying for more points and offense, got it. Well it didn't matter because of the end result. Maybe, you all will understand now a win is a win no matter if you win 6-3 or 31-23.

It was hell of a weekend. I had great time. The food, dancing and music was great. The women are incredible too lol.

Miami had zero pass rush though. I like Cam Wake a lot but if he slips one more damn time, Misi did he even play? I know he did but what did he do. Dansby made a few nice tackles. Bell and J Allen sucked. How do you let Edwards get position and then run free? It was a frustrating result. The Wildcat needs to die. The Jets ran it way better then Miami did.

Oh and real quick Armando you chump how do you feel about your bro-mance JT now? How about him taunting the crowd? How about him getting the gatorade shower. Is he officially the enemy at least? You JT lovers make me sick!

henne peaked last week. it's all down hill from now on with him.


Well said. Gatorade Shower....WTF


Suck Suck Suck


Yea Mom

GB LOST last night at CHI .now they are mad and they will win at nj in 2 weeks .

Hey Jet and Tortured, can I Suck too???

"Feed Me Man Meat"


1...Quit crying about Henning, If he runs you say pass....if he passes you guys scream for the run....WTF....his play calling was fine. ITS IN THE EXECUTION!!! The jets ran the wild cat and got yardsd...the jets ran a reverse and GOT YARDS....nobody is crying about that.

Henning did just as I posted earlier in the week. HE FEED THE BEAST!! He threw it to him. he handed it off to him, he threw screns to him, he direct snapped it to him. HE FED HIM. and the play calling was fine. OUR PLAYERS., in particuliar the line, MUST STEP UP AND BLOCK THOSE PLAYS.

Jason Allen killed us, NO DOUBT. But thats not on him. Its on SPORANO/NOLAN. you put your best on their best. Forget physical size, you Vontae has to cover thier best reciever in crucial situations.

Hats of to damien woody. He did to EARTHWAKE what Jake Long did to jared allen. MADE HIM A NON-FACTOR.

Finally, In the last paly of the game (Henne), THROW IT TO THE 50 MILLION DOLLAR MAN. I don't care if they put 10 guys on him. and if he wasn't in the GAME....WHY NOT???? We pay him to make those catches.


WHY NOY US!!!!!!!!!

How pathetic that you would show yourself after as loss. I figured thats what it would take. guess after monday night I won't have to read your garbage for another 4-6 weeks....see you then


WHY NOT US!!!!!!

I love Sporano and if he's half the coach I think he is, special teams will be getting a lot of extra work this week and Hennings will be getting more than an earful...well hell yeah..great lens and very interesting will credit this...

WE WILL pass this dark cloud .
WHY NT US......




I think Tony Sparano may be in trouble! Do you fans realize that the Jets Quarterback C. Sanchez only played about 16 games in his career at USC, who play open football and Miami Quarterback C. Henne started like 45 games at Quarterback at Michigan, who play power-play football? Do you know that Sanchez caught on to NFL play automatically and Henne is still catching on in the NFL? My problem is that this supports my contention that is great Quarterbacks are born, not taught! Watch!


you r complaining about HENNE as if he lost the game ,he ran for 363 yards donkey .he's doing way better than most at discount of 600,000 .

The offensive play calling really bothered me. Second and goal from the Jets to yard line and two incomplete passes later we had to settle for three points. What happened to the wildcat two yards and possibly three running plays would have scored. the Jets defense was tiring just run it with Ronnie three times if needed and push them back.

coaching was pretty bad. had huge chance to take control, now the jets did

Nice job of making no posts again Mando.

What exactly was wrong with the coaching BILL? The coaching seemed fine when we tied up the game....the coaching seemed fine when we went up.....Are the Dolphins suppose to go 16-0? are the jets gonna go 15-1 like sanchez stated?



Did i fall asleep and 4-6 weeks pass by already...geesh

My bad Bill...We lost this week...you get to post all you like....its just to bad you were SO SILENT when we were 2-0, now with 1 loss on our record here you come out from under your rock.


Sporano's head coaching career will live or die here in Miami. He's got to quit being such a company guy.

Sporano defended the wildcat PACKAGE? Yeah, the PACKAGE, in a half hearted way. It sure wasn't a ringing endorsement was it?

Did any of the suspiciously over giddy ace beat writers down there ask Tony his opinion of when and how it's being used? Yeah, didn't think so.

I guess asking him why we didn't use it on 2nd and 3rd from the two would be useless at this point. After all with JT's sack and the gatorade showers, who has time?

I would run the ball on everydown if I could.........well.........except for 2nd or 3rd and goal from the TWO.

this just in.

lonely NJ Phin Fan got a new Sean Smith jersey and put the name of GAY on the back.
Too funny for the leg shaver.

And.....why, if you win the coin toss, would you let the Jets offense have the ball to start the game??? Sparano is clueless! He lost the game for the Dolphins...he's to blame!!

was never silent kris. im in miami still after flying here to go to game. yes coaching hurt us. and yes control they have for now. if we won we would of had a control. they have a win over us now and still get us in their house now. dont care what week it is, they all are huge with only 16. and no kris i dont expect to go 16-0, but i expect to win div games at home. u urself said miami was better than the jets, but we lost at home. so no we arent better. im pissed about the garbage wildcat, pissed about the blitzes never getting close to him, about the awful fade pass to hartline from the 2, about not even looking marshalls way in the final 2 plays, and really pissed that jt got a gatorade bath in our house. spin it however u want to man, but that loss hurt

lol garbage wildcat. how fairweather.

yes like everyone else in here i agree, wildcat is done. jets ran it good on us though. but lets get rid of it, that reverse was a killer

its the coaches job to have the players ready to go full tilt from the get go. we should want the ball if we win the toss; should have a game plan to take it and score the first TD of the game. it shows the coach doesn't have the right offensive mindset. don't forget the offense has been held back on purpose since they annointed henne. we are thinking too much when playing. can't do that in todays NFL. how can we spot the jets a 14 pt. lead before we decide to show up? we been working on special teams for 3 years and whiff on a simple block to allow a blocked punt? and coach defends the lame reverses and use of the wildcat? discouraging when 20 million people were watching.

The TWO things I hate most in a football game the Dolphins did.

I don't know why, maybe its because I played the position and it is just a pet peeve. Maybe it's just because it turns my stomach.

#1 When the opposing QB feels NO HEAT!

#2 When our team gives up runs to the OUTSIDE!!

It was sickening as good as the interior guys (Starks and Soli mostly) gobbled up would be runs for no gain.

The outside contain was shades of Porter last year...ATROCIOUS!

They did NOT perform that way during the first two games so they better fix it fast.

When the Trifecta drafted Koa Misi, that was one thing I was nervous about is that he could get engulfed vs the bigger OL in the NFL. It is still way early to judge so I will see if technique and NFL strength and conditioning program can help.

Cam Wake? Wow! He had his year to get bigger and stronger and looked amazing in the first two games. I am going to just chalk this up to a bad game. Get right fast Mr. Wake, we need you to be the hungriest wolf of all.

Don't make LT look like 21 year old Jahvid Best! He took off around the end sometimes and I heard crickets chirping. OUTSIDE CONTAIN AT ALL COSTS!!!

There are a myriad of reason we lost and these are just two... They are just the two I hate the most.

Here endeth the rant.


PS I hope the Dolphins scouts are researching the next Usain Bolt with moves for a KR/PR next season.

Our return game is pedestrian!


I'm usually with you 100%, right up to now.

I saw this problem with Henning coming for almost a year now. He went deep on the vikes on the opening play of the game and went on to let Henne throw it just 14 more times in a nail biter.

This was a week attempt to pay lip service to his detractors. He was happily prepared to put on a repeat performance this week. The ONLY reason he didn't: Our new young defense had one of those EXPECTED proverbial growing pains. This was going to happen sooner or later and it's understandable. The problem is Henning wasn't prepared for it, wasn't anticipating it and didn't make any adjustments until we were down by 14 points.

Even then, when he finally pushed the senility induced panic button, he still out cutesies himself. He goes down by 2 scores and his passing game starts working. But wait, he gets a GREAT idea, let's throw in the wildcat. He and Tony both know and Sparano said. "I mean, we're not looking for 40-yard plays out of the thing. It's an efficient run. EUREKA, why not!

Henning thinks, were down by two scores, this will be the PERFECT thing to throw old fat rex off.

Last week in Minn. the draw play on 2nd and 18 and the FB up the middle on 3rd and 20 was atrocious. But what the heck, running the ball and kicking field goals are fun!

In Minn on third and 20 he runs Polite up the middle. The announcers were calling Polite MONEY on third and fourth and short. So we get to this week 2nd and 3rd and goal from the 2 with the most successful short yardage Fullback in the league, what does he do? He gets ANOTHER GREAT idea, Eureka!

It's goes on and on and on! It's unacceptable, Henning has been a major disappointment. It wouldn't matter if we brought in Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice and Paul Warfield, victories are going to be hard to come by when we have to beat our opponents defense in ADDITION to Hennings "EUREKA MOMENTS"!

we got a speed guy nolan carroll but are using bess and cobbs because sparano doesnt want to take any chances just like our offense is handcuffed afraid of a possible miscue.

For the record:

The wets didn't run the wildcat good on us.

Wake, as much as I love the guy, bit on the fake and took himself out of the play.

THEN: Jason Allen totally misplayed it as well.

The one good play the had out of it was a breakdown by two of our guys that were hero's against the vikes. You win some plays, you lose some, hopefully it was a good lesson for both of them.

Championship era = Dying breed . Once again exposed for being a douche and fraud , Now she's banned from the SS !!

if you wanna get really bored try listening to the coaches press conference a day after the game. its 20 minutes of nonsense disputing what everyone has just witnessed with their own eyes. coach claims wildcat was a success. if he wants to run it get the right people in to use it like thigpen as the trigger man. we could run or throw out of it.

Rob in OC,

Pedestian? Yeah, like a pedestrian in Grand Theft Auto!

Fake jet fan is none other than Homosuperbowl aka the mental case HOME !!

is NJ Gay Fin

tee hee

You trolls and fake psychos suck a s s big time. It's always the same old boring sheet with you guys.

This is your time to shine. people are depressed, we just lost to the wets and we got Brady coming to town.

Can't you guys come up with something original? Something even slightly entertaining. Make something up, have an original thought for once in your life.

Come on you dolts, help a brother out.

Phins are now at 2-2 (after the Boston Patriots game) and lose all games until Oakland. That puts the Phins at 2-7. So the question is who do you think the fish will take in the draft?

ODIN, WHAT do you think of Crowder coming back soon to the rescue ?


5-11 or maybe 6-10 is the best the fish will be.
Go Jets!

" TEE HEE "" ??? what a fruitcake !!!

Why dont they line up Henne behind Ronnie somethimes rather than in the receiver spot or on the sidelines? Could this not be an option to confuse defenses?

I bet Jason Allen covers Moss against the Cheatriots getting a lot of safety help. Vontae's got better quickness to stay with Welker.

Henning is working on a nice draft pick for the fish.
Maybe this year he will not trade away his number 2 and number 3 for 0 compensation. What a fruitcake. tee hee.

Kris, I totally agree that you put best on best. What stupid reasoning (to match CBs to WRs based on size)! Who cares about size (unless it's a jump ball in the endzone)? It's about speed, and ability. Actually, there WAS a jump ball last year to Randy Moss in the endzone. Remember what happened (INT by Vontae Davis). So that's just dumb. Also, apparently at the beginning of the game Cotchery was getting special attention (Vontae PLUS help over top). Has he EVER been that good? I don't remember Cotchery EVER beating us single-handedly (but I remember Keller destroying us before).

Horrible, horrible coaching when it came to matching up people and getting your best defenders on their biggest threats.

Other than that, I do agree with odinseye that Henning is the worst and should be escorted out of the Dolphins facility at the soonest moment possible (hopefully some time during this season).

Patty White, Sean suck wind Smith and Patricia Turner were all top bust picks for the fish after only one year. Two players cut for 0 dollars or trade value and one benched that comes in to get burned for huge gains and then sits back on the bench whacking at his twitter. Fish stink and stink bad.

the timing is perfect to allow ronnie and henne get into a rythym they have never felt while being a dolphin. seems henne finally figured out that marshall requires less precise a throw and offers much better odds as a target, let marshall do the work, think moss when you think marshall. before browns injury(knee), ronnie was killing it, he got 90% of the carries and got stronger as the game and season went by. with ricky suffering from(fumbleitis), now is the perfect time to let ronnie get in his groove, and henne, let it fly... i smell a big win for the dolphins if they could let ronnie pound it, and henne fling it!!! LETS put it in OVERDRIVE!!!

Excuse me, Pee Wee Patty White, Shawna all suck mouth Smith and Patricia i can`t remember the play Turner all are stinky throw back fish.

Fish should be about 5th in the 2011 nfl draft.
Go fish !

Go Jets!

Jason Taylor rules! Ask Brady and Henne with their face planted in the dirt and 2 wins for the mighty Jets!

Jason Taylor Sucks .Ask The Red Skins .

The Jets scored as many touchdowns in the game as Miami has all year. I don't want to hear that Henne did all he could do. Peyton Manning does not settle for Field Goals. Tom Brady does not settle for Field Goals. Henne had great stats sure...but what do stats get you? A whole lotta nothing!!!

Post of the blog...."sporano coaching career will live and die in Miami. He needs to stop being such a company man.

Mark those words because unless he win the super bowl he will never be hired as a HC again. Not cause he sucks. But because he doesn't fit the HC mold

ask the fins why dont we trade thigpen to thr jaguars for a good draft pick they need one big time


Its all true Fin Fans...Henne is as good as advertised.

Marshall is worth every penny.

Dansby may not hit like ray lewis but he MAKES PLAYS. Something our other LBs need to leaen. If I see DOBBINS run full speed by another running back again....i don't know what i'm gonna do.

Never thought I would write this but....GET CHOWDER HEAD IN UNIFORM. damn.

We need a speed guy to be able to get those reverses and quick hitters.

Marshall sucked at selling that half back pass. He needs to go at the defender like he is gonna block, or trip and fall or something....the straight ahead trot won't fool anybody. Other than that he is THE BEAST we all thought he was.

I'm gonna go on a limb and say it. If we had beaten the jets then the patriots game would have been gravy...but for the EGO of this team and HOME FIELD pride....THIS ONE IS A MUST WIN in my opinion.



I'm in!


cowkiller, I know you may not see this comment because it's soo far down the column, but you made a great point. You're right, it's not the wildcat that's the problem, it's when it's used. When Henne is driving the offense down the field. Hitting his receivers; checking downing to the backs. Nice flow, the fans are feeling good. But as soon as the offense crosses the fifty and gets to the thirty, HERE-COMES-THE-WILDCAT. It's like a commercial break that you can use to visit the bathroom because you know dummy Henning is going to run it for two plays, picking up only 2 yards. So about time you come out of the bathroom it's fourth down. The wildcat should be used when they get to the five yard line. Because now they're much closer to the goalline and it's much easier for Ronnie to get into the endzone running outside or inside.

GAME ON! ijust just had a somewhat extreme, but great idea. bye the way, i do get some really good ideas, example: i came up with the virtual ref concept long before nfl commish, in fact he must have gotten the idea from me when i blogged it a while ago, i have a self patent on it.. but anyway what's marshall's record for passes in 1 game 20? FACT: brandon always wants the ball, henne and brandon need to build chemistry, brandon gets payed a huge amount of money, odds favor him immensly when ball is thrown in his direction. so let him have it, play after play after play lets go for 30 receptions in 1 game breaking his own record and giving billacheat a taste of his own moss medicine. all positives in this game plan, i don't see anything negative about it. also ronnie said he would like to be the feature back, but don't mind splitting carries. ricky is sick with fumblitis, let ronnie get into his groove as well, the run game will open up, and if they feel are the only 2 players to cover, focusing coverages to brandon and ronnie, fasano and hartline will have huge days as well. give it brandon a ridiculus amount of times and let ronnie get back into his groove.

Troll Fake,

I told you to come up with something new and entertaining, Duh.

You've done this same old boring stick for so long it has no effect on anybody anymore.

You're like the Dan Henning of the blog, you no game and you're way past your prime.

PS: Be careful, Chris Hanson is doing an upcoming episode of his MSNBC special in S. Florida, you don't want to violate your probation!

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