Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ronnie Brown discusses the Wild-Cat

Ronnie Brown didn't play quarterback in college. In fact, he only threw one pass his senior year at Auburn. So when Brown lined up in the quarterback position to run the Wildcat for the Dolphins last season, he could see the confused faces from across the line of scrimmage.

"When I was first introduced to the Wildcat and they told me I'd line up at quarterback, I wasn't sure if it would work in the NFL. Fortunately for us, everything worked out. The thing about the Wildcat is you're able to get all of your playmakers on the field at the same time. It puts you in a position where the defense can't key on one individual, and as you get the ball to different people, it throws the defense off.
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The Jet Sweep

"This is a quick sweep where we're sending Ricky Williams in motion then trying to get a quick hitting play where you hand him the ball," says Brown. "You fake the Counter in order to try and hold the defensive end and hope Ricky can get that edge."

The Counter

"This is a play where you want everyone to flow one direction, then you come out the backside," says Brown. To do this, Brown fakes the handoff to Ricky Williams to make the defense bite on the Jet Sweep, then Brown takes the ball to the left behind a pulling guard.

Power

"This is our quick hitting play that is more downhill. We use this when we need to pick up a key yard," explains Brown. To run the play, Brown once again fakes the handoff to Williams, only this time he follows his pulling guard to the right.

Play-Action Jet Sweep

This is to throw the defense off a little bit. You don't want them to key in on the run," says Brown. "If you can keep the defense guessing, then you can run a few different plays out of the same formation and they really won't know what's coming." To run the play {Brown} fakes the handoff to Williams on the Jet Sweep, then looks for tight end Anthony Fassano to run a corner route.


Speaking of playing quarterback, Brown says he is getting better and better at reading defenses from his Wildcat position.

"You can sit back there as a quarterback and you see the entire defense. When we send a guy in motion, you can see if they shift or if they're playing man-to-man. And when we're running the counter or the power, we need to know what the defensive end is doing, and we need to contain him," he says. "First time I lined up at quarterback, I remember looking at the defense and they were all looking at each other and yelling back and forth. We sent our guy in motion and they didn't know who to move where. They were definitely thrown off a little bit."

But just because the Dolphins caught defenses off guard early in the season doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. "We've got some advancements to it, some new wrinkles (think White, Pat)," admits Brown. "But at the same time, the goal is to be able to run your basic offense and get good at that. What the Wildcat helps us do is switch things up and get some different guys on the field.

"I want to work on my throwing to help add even more wrinkles. I need to work on being more accurate," he says. "I think everybody's goal growing up is to be a quarterback, so to be able to do it at this part of my career, it's different, but at the same time it has been exciting and I enjoy it."

43 comments:

  1. Tin,
    What up? Where did you get this? Good story i cant believe he would give all that info up or do you think it doesnt really matter

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  2. hey alex,
     
    parts of this were excerpted from Ronnie talking at a EA Sports event that was previewing Madden 2010 and the rest compiled from snippets of Ronnie in press interviews. The new game has the Wild-cat offense built into it.
     
    oh, btw, the drawings were actually done by me under heavy influence of high fever and cold medicine.

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  3. lol if you were sick when you did that kudos to you my friend. well done the cold will never keep you down. What do you think of our team so far this offseason?

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  4. So far I feel good about it.   The cream has already started to rise even before training camp begins.  I honestly feel we are better than we were this time last year and that the competitions at OL, WR, CB and OLB will turn out a very solid roster come September.

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  5. whos the final cuts for those pos you just listed?

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  6. I can name seven LBs who are locks:  Roth, Taylor, Ayodele, Torbor, Crowder, Porter and Wake.
     
    the final two spots will be between Kershaw, Walden, George and Anderson.
     
    Moses, Folsom, and Martin would have to have incredible training camps to make it. 
     
     
    At CB:  Locks:  Will Allen, Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, Jason Allen.
               Bubble:  Eric Green, Nate Jones, Joey Thomas, Will Billingsley.
     
    Mark my words, Jason Allen will be the starter.
     
     
    At WR:  Camarillo, Ginn, Bess, Turner, Hartline, Armstrong.
     
    At OL:  Long, Smiley, Grove, Thomas, Carey, Garner, Berger and Frye.  Obviously there's no way of judging the OL till training camp but the five starters are locks, and the 3 backups are pretty safe too although Shawn Murphy could impress once he can start hitting people.  He is the darkhorse.

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  7. The Knight who says Ni!June 16, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Ronnie also offers us some dynamic talents like Pat White and we already know he can do it at the NFL level. There will always be points in the game where the Wildcat and it's new wrinkles will help us. But I still don't see us using it more than 5-6 times per game. We have to get the downhill between the tackles running game going. That can help us get to an elite level as a football team.

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  8. The Knight who says Ni!June 16, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Agreed.

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  9. tin,
     
    I can agree with that. I feel the same way about j allen. Can you tell me why you feel that way?
     

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  10. ...Torbor is not a lock at LB and Walden is ...Torbor showed little last year, has not shown anything on ST, and was totally missing at otas ...Walden was a key to the ST turn-around late last season and you saw his name repeatedly in otas ,,,Torbor will have to compete against Anderson ...George and Kershaw will either make it as ST or not at all ...I think LB is one of the churn spots where we might add someone off another roster.

    ...Smith will start, not JAllen unless he has a terrific camp ...remember that JA has been through three coaches all of whom have found him lacking ...add that to Parcels love to play pups that bite and I think Smith is a lock ...I'm still not convinced that JA will even make the 53 cut unless Green completely fails to show in pads ...too many view JA as an underdog and want to root for him ...last year, ok ...not this year ...either show up or go home.

    ...I like your OL picks ...if Murphy does show up at camp then Garner is no longer safe ...Murphy has a possible start in his future, Garner is a perpetual bu ...Frye got enough naming in otas to look secure for this year unless we pickup someone with more prospects in a trade or off waivers ...I still think the final OL is not yet on the roster ...last year's turnstile at RG still gets my stomach in a roil >:o

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  11. Torbor is an ILB and Walden, Anderson and George are OLBs. Torbor does play special teams and was 4th in tackles last year with 11. Remember too that Torbor was adjusting to 3-4 ILB coming from 4-3 OLB when he was with the Giants.

    How do you know Torbor was totally missing at OTAs? I wouldn't make a big deal out of OTAs anyway. It's a pajama party with teaching and learning, not real football.

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  12. In addition to 'Guest's comment above, note that Garner is a Tackle and Murphy is a Guard.  They are not competing against each other.
     
    The guard competition will be between Murphy, Frye, and Alleman.  Alleman actually has the advantage there because he can play center and Tackle as well.  But if his back isn't up to snuff it won't matter.  After what happened last year, the Dolphins will want to have their backups healthy going into game 1.
     
    Like I said above, we won't know until they get pads on, but if we were simply going off of OTAs, then Garner is the current b/u to Long/Carey, Berger is the b/u to Grove, and Frye/Murphy are in the hunt for a roster spot.

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  13. In addition to 'Guest's comment above, note that Garner is a Tackle and Murphy is a Guard.  They are not competing against each other.
     
    The guard competition will be between Murphy, Frye, and Alleman.  Alleman actually has the advantage there because he can play center and Tackle as well.  But if his back isn't up to snuff it won't matter.  After what happened last year, the Dolphins will want to have their backups healthy going into game 1.
     
    Like I said above, we won't know until they get pads on, but if we were simply going off of OTAs, then Garner is the current b/u to Long/Carey, Berger is the b/u to Grove, and Frye/Murphy are in the hunt for a roster spot.

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  14. ...yes and no
    ...sorry but imnsho, Ronnie compares in no way to White ...Ronnie can't throw the ball with ANY accuracy and certainly not middle or long ...White can ...look at his record ...he was an elite passer
    ...otoh, White does compare to Ronnie in that White really can run the ball though probably not up the middle in the NFL (though he did it consistently in top college competition) ...and White has at least as good a pocket sense as Brown ...so any defense looking at White HAS to cover the receivers even if he takes off running ...with Brown the defenses all brought everything to the sweet spot and essentially shut the wc down ...the Ravens were very good at it ...with White, they do that and there will be a ball in the air to a wide open receiver.

    ...as to how many times we will see versions of the wc, that depends imnsho on how much progress White makes in camp ...if he can make it work, they'll use it until it stops working ...I've said it before, I think Parcels took White with a vision of changing the way NFL offense is played ...he'll give it his best shot.

    ...and yes, I agree that aside from the wc possibilities, this OL is built to open holes for our RBs ...and it looks as if it probably can do that against many of our opponents ...so I expect R/R to run up the numbers this year while Penne keeps the defenses honest with accurate, low risk passes to a much improved WR corps.

    ...and one other thing I think we'll see is White as a back running the ball to the outside with a high % of passes coming as he moves if the defense gives it to him ...its what he did extremely well in college and it gives us a long ball threat that Penne just doesn't have the arm for.

    ...its a long time to camp ...I'm allowed to dream along the way :)

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  15. tin,
    my question bout j allen please sir

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  16. great job tin, just give away all are secrets LOL.

    so, not even a 'rob you are and idiot, that would be the dumbest contest ever' 

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  17. great job tin, just give away all are secrets LOL.

    so, not even a 'rob you are and idiot, that would be the dumbest contest ever' 

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  18. wait, till herdfan gets here, i can use this avatar

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  19. The Knight who says Ni!June 17, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    Guest above talking to lemmus about Torbor was me. I didn't realize I wasn't signed in. No avatar no nothing. LOL

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  20. The Knight who says Ni!June 17, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    ffr, what's with just the head shots of the two girls? Tease!

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  21. Alex, I presume.
     
    Jason Allen has the tools and he has the skills.  It really is just a matter of consistency as Sparano always talks about.  In the end I believe Allen will appear more consistent than any rookie corner ever could.  I like Smith alot too, I've been a proponent of his from day one, months before the draft, and he's the only guy I targeted that Miami actually drafted, but I also know he's very young, and has only started at cornerback for two years in college.  He's raw.  I've watched Allen on video on plays he made and plays he didn't, and the guy is right there.  He only got beat when a bigger WR pushed off on him.  As far as coverage goes he was right there 95% of the time.  If he can add that last 5% to his game, he's a starter in my opinion.
     
    Another thing that will help him is if he can get off of special teams.  Those drills take up a lot of time and energy, and can hurt a guy vying for a starting job.  It can help you get on the roster, but you don't want to be labeled as a ST guy for long.  You'd rather lose ten reps from ST and have ten more on base defense during training camp.

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  22. tin, So i am guessing that you are talking about randy moss when you talk about bigger reciever. lol. I dont get it he does have all the tools. do you think they just dont like him cause hes not their guy or what?
     

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  23. not just Moss.  Look back at the Denver game last year.  J Allen SHUT BRANDON MARSHALL DOWN!  No other corner was able to stop Marshall last year and Allen kept him to 2 catches for 27 yards.  In the other 14 games he played he averaged 7 catches for 88 yds a game. 
     
    In that game there was a play where Marshall was being covered by Allen, ran a deep fade and Cutler threw a PERFECT pass.  Jason was with him the entire way, and just before the ball got there, Marshall slapped down Allens arm and pushed him off just enough to throw Allen off balance, Marshall caught the ball and went 77 yds.  Now, truth be told, Renaldo Hill should've been there to provide support but in the end it was called offensive pass interference and the TD called back.  Then in the Patriots game, Moss would get away with all those calls because he's Moss.  Moss definitely got away with two p.i. calls, and a third was a could go either way call.
     
     

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  24. tin,

    i agree with both of those observations. so say he shows the coaches what he can do and proves he should be starting what happens then between wallen, j allen, v davis, s smith, and n jones??

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  25. The Knight who says Ni!June 17, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Tin, was Jason Allen the only one covering Marshall in the Denver game?

    If we keep going with these replies the column is going to be 2 words wide. LOL

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  26. I wouldn't pencil in Jones just yet.  As much bad press as Eric Green has gotten lately, at least he's noticeable.  No one's even mentioned Nate Jones' name in the OTAs.  Even Billingsley got a notice for making an INT during minicamp.  What has Jones been doing?  Maybe if Jason Allen pans out as a starter it will help Jones because he's probably a better ST guy than Eric Green.

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  27. i forgot about green. lol ok so i also would like to pick your brain and ask you what have you been hearing about our recievers?

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  28. He was as far as I could tell.

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  29. He had 2 pass deflections, an interception and 2 tackles (both came on the 2 catches by Marshall).
     
    It was a bit reminiscent of the preseason game against KC where he had 3 PDs and an INT.

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  30. The Knight who says Ni!June 17, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Who was Allen and Goodman covering?

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  31. Alex, I think a lot of your questions will be answered in my next blog article.  Keep posted for that today. Thanks.

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  32. you posting that one today good sir? Also do you and the knight know each other in person?

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  33. Are you seriously going to make me name the Broncos receivers? 
     
    They had that Stokley guy and that rookie sensation, whatever his name is.  Denver runs (or at least used to run) a 3WR offense, especially last year when they had one running back on their roster when we met up.

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  34. Eddie Royal is the guy's name.  He had 7 catches for 69 yards.  Peyton Hillis had 7 catches for 116 yds and a TD.  Brandon Marshall against Jason Allen was the least of our worries.  They attacked the middle of our defense. 

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  35. The Knight who says Ni!June 17, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Right, so we matched up our biggest corner (J. Allen) on Marshall.

    Really all I'm trying to do is get this column to disappear. LOL

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  36. Good article, good comments.

    And to think it's supposedly the slow time for football when the writers say there's nothing to write about. Cheers to your creativity and artistic abilities

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  37. ...Ni ...Torbor is what the fins have made of him ...as is Walden ...Torbor played as DE/OLB on the Giants and we converted him to ILB ...so far, its not been a raving success ...his ST stats were part of the problem last year, not the solution ...I didn't see his name mentioned during the otas ...Walden was named on several occasions ...even if you want to call them pajama games, I think it removes him from any lock consideration at this point ...just because he's been the ILB bu doesn't mean he's a lock by any means ...and there is plenty of time for Walden or someone else to move if that was the call ...Torbor is $5mil+ against the cap ...for a bu ILB that hasn't produced, that's a LOT of money.

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  38. ...tin, you need a few minutes alone in the corner ...Murphy played most of his college career as a tackle ...he was shifted to guard his last college season because of a team need ...he was drafted so high because of that versatility ...part of his problem in getting up to speed last season has to be that he's got very little experience at guard where they are trying to fit him in ...but if the guy shows up at camp as a guard, then he has real potential and versatility at tackle ...thus I think he's a real threat to Garner ...you can't pigeon hole these guys just because they get stuck in one place on some list ...if Murphy can really play, then he can play both guard and tackle and is a hell of a value because of it.

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  39. ...sigh ...you really are locked up on JA being the next great corner ...when you get over drooling about the VERY few times the guy has actually played up to his potential, try explaining why three successive coaching staffs have refused to start him except when he was the only warm body available ...I'm NOT buying into another year of waiting for this guy to earn his money ...he has this camp to make it or be cut ...there are too many good CBs waiting in the wings for JA to waste more of their reps ...Smith will be the starting CB opposite Will Allen, not JA.

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  40. lemmus, Sean Smith played WR in his first year, did we draft him to play WR? 
     
    The Dolphins drafted Murphy to be a guard, have used him EXCLUSIVELY at guard in OTAs, and have used Garner EXCLUSIVELY at Tackle.  This is not about me pigeon-holing anyone.  This about being realistic.  Realistically you carry one outside b/u and two inside b/u's.  If you don't want to see Murphy as a guard, then I'll take him out of the competition altogether cause Frye HAS been used at both guard and tackle in OTAs.  You have to remember that Murphy is going to be 27 this year.  If he is to become a starter, he needs to pigeon-hole himself into a position pretty quickly here.

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  41. haha we can keep replying above the Knight's comment so it looks like he agrees with whatever is said.
     
    lemmus, wouldn't 2010's cap hit come into play if they cut Torbor?  technically (if it's the case) that would make any release/trade of him impossible.
     
    But I agree the money for the value is not good.  He messed up a few times last year, I remember yelling at him. ;)

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  42. lemmus, no one said anything about waiting another year, I'm talking about 2009.  If you think the Trifecta will have no qualms about starting a rookie with 2 years of experience at the position in week 1, then ok, but I disagree with you and am willing to wait this one out till September. 

    You keep saying he has this camp to make it or be cut, then why not wait until this camp is in the books to make an assessment?

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  43. ...and tin, when you've reached a wall and have nothing else to write about, how about looking at the Long Snapper position ...Denney(?) cost us at least one game last year and screwed the pooch a couple of other times ...for a guy that eats a 45 slot but has limited plays, that's a LOT of screwed pooches ...do we have any options? 

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