Fins beat Panthers 27-17
By CARLOS MILLER
Updated 6:58 AM EDT, Mon, Aug 24, 2009
Preseason is always a time filled with questions. This year is no different.
Are the Dolphins going to continue using the Wildcat formation?
Is Ricky Williams going to make it through the season without failing a drug test?
Do cornerbacks Jason Allen and Sean Smith have the swine flu?
At least one of those questions was answered after Saturday’s game in which the Dolphins beat the Carolina Panthers 27-17.
It appears that the Wildcat Formation – in which the ball is directly snapped to the running back - will indeed be a strong part of their offense this year.
While we still can’t predict whether Williams will pass a drug test, we are comfortable knowing he has so much experience passing joints because that will only help in the Wildcat Formation, which at times requires him to accept a handoff from Ronnie Brown, only to hand the ball off again to Chad Pennington, who then passes the ball to a downfield receiver.
On Saturday, that very play resulted in a 35-yard gain.
Other variations of the Wildcat include Brown receiving the snap and running the ball himself or handing the ball to Williams who then runs the ball himself.
Meanwhile, the team is still awaiting test results that would determine whether cornerbacks Allen and Smith have the swine flu.
Associated Press / NBC Miami
First Published: Aug 23, 2009 10:39 AM EDT