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 Miami Dolphins Talking Points: Dare we say Wildcat? 
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Post Miami Dolphins Talking Points: Dare we say Wildcat?
by Brian Biggane
After putting the Wildcat formation in mothballs for a few weeks, the Dolphins installed a few new wrinkles and sprung it with success on Tennessee last week. The specter of having a revigorated Wildcat is where we start our talking points for Wednesday:

1. Pick up on Thursday where the Wildcat left off on Sunday.

OK, you’re the Chicago Bears, and you had one full day to get ready for the Dolphins. Offense, defense, the whole deal. Think you spent much time on defending the Wildcat? No way.

The Dolphins haven’t played the Bears in years, so even though a lot of teams run some version of it now, Chicago has never actually tried to defend the formation against the team that does it best, and picked up 49 yards on seven carries out of the formation Sunday.

Miami has always been most successful with it by mixing in some end-around stuff featuring Ricky Williams to complement the between-the-tackles style of Ronnie Brown. Outside the tackles proved successful against Tennessee, so expect the Dolphins to give it another look as they try to ease the pressure on Tyler Thigpen.


3. The Dolphins have at least a break-even shot at winning the next three games.

Miami is a two-point favorite Thursday, next week at Oakland figures to be no worse than pick-em and the Dolphins figure to have the edge the following week against improved Cleveland at home. While winning all of those games is a lot to ask, it might be necessary to keep playoff hopes alive.

As the players are quick to point out, you play one at a time so you’d better not start thinking about the Raiders or Browns just yet. But the Bears, whose six wins have come against teams with a combined 15-39 record, are eminently beatable, while the Raiders are 2-4 outside their division. Cleveland would be daunting in early December on Lake Erie, but the odds are significantly better in front of a friendly home crowd at Sun Life.

Taking the 8-4 record that would result from a four-game winning streak to New York for the Jets game is still no guarantee of a playoff berth — Miami would probably have to beat either the Jets or Patriots to achieve that. But it sure would make things interesting. ... y-wildcat/

Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:24 am
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Post Re: Miami Dolphins Talking Points: Dare we say Wildcat?
We need to win..shocker, right? I wouldn't mind seeing the wildcat with new wrinkles. It would take the pressure off of Tyler. Please don't use it if Thigpan is playing well and moving the ball.

Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:12 pm
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Post Re: Miami Dolphins Talking Points: Dare we say Wildcat?
i wanna see the wildcat that is the flea flicker dealy back to the QB from the WR spot and bombed long to marshall! like in the Houston game a couple yrs back!

Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:49 pm
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Post Re: Miami Dolphins Talking Points: Dare we say Wildcat?
I think we should open the game with the wild cat and see if they've prepared for it. I do not think they should use Thiggy in the wild cat because if he's anything other than a QB they can light him up with impunity. And lets be realistic, if Thigpen gets injured we lose. We can't with with Ronnie Brown at qb or 72hours of Patrick Ramsey.

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Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:02 pm
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Post Re: Miami Dolphins Talking Points: Dare we say Wildcat?
We will need to run the football effectively if we want to win this game. If that means using the wildcat, then by all means let's use it. Asking Thigpen to win this game by himself is asking too much if you ask me. We will need to have realistic expectations going into this game because let's face it, we're a 5-4 football team that is down to it's third string quarterback! We will need luck to win this game, the Bears are far from a pushover regardless of their competition. The best thing we have going for ourselves right now is that the game is at home. This is a critical game for us, we need to steal a win and hope Henne is healthy next week so that we can try to make a playoff push.

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