Ronnie Brown Wildcat Offense Leads Miami Dolphins To Win Over Chargers

Don’t look now, but the Miami Dolphins are a pretty good football team. Definitely not as good as the Titans and Redskins, but certainly off to a more shocking start.

Behind an error-free Chad Pennington (!) and a rejuvenated Ronnie Brown, the Dolphins beat the Chargers for the seventh straight time. Pennington was 22 of 29 for 228 yards and a touchdown, his best performance of the season. Brown rushed for 125 yards and scored the other Fins TD.

The most surprising development of the Dolphins is not Pennington’s success, but Brown’s success in the Wildcat package. They ran out of the direct-snap to Brown offense 11 times Sunday. While the Chargers weren’t fooled by the package, they didn’t exactly stop it. Brown scored his touchdown off a nifty run from the five-yard line. On several key moments throughout the second half, Brown powered his way to short yardage first downs and kept the clock moving.

Miami had a time of possession advantage of 36 minutes to 23. Not always the most indicative stat of success, but whenever you give LaDainian Tomlinson less chances to get hot, you’re going to win. Tomlinson had just 35 yards on 12 carries.

Bill Parcells, the Godfather, knows what he’s doing down in Miami and I wouldn’t be too quick to write them off for the postseason, seeing as how we all did before this season even began.