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An analytical look at Wildcat X's and O's

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

I wanted to pass along an enlightening dissection about why the Miami Dolphins' Wildcat offense works so well.

Chris Brown, the author of SmartFootball.com and a contributor to the New York Times' blog "The Fifth Down," provides a running dialogue with Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders while watching Monday night's victory over the New York Jets.

The Dolphins ran 16 Wildcat plays for 110 yards, attaining six first downs and a touchdown.

A recap here won't do the conversation justice, and it's more interesting to read their comments as the game moves along. So I urge you to check it out.

Here are two of Brown's observations:

"The Dolphins use the Wildcat so well because they understand it better than other teams. To other teams it's a trick play -- to the Dolphins it is a package they run, just like some teams practice a three-tight end or five-wide set. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are their best weapons, and this puts the ball in their hands. They can also use Pat White in spot duty where he can be effective, and, most importantly, the numbers and angles they get puts their offensive line in position to block well."

"You can't help but get the impression that the Dolphins do more with less than just about any team in the NFL. If schemes have any role in a league about 'matchups' and 'playmakers,' it's their ability to give the undermanned team a chance to compete by giving them numbers advantages and putting their players in position to succeed."