Wildcat coughs up a fur ball

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
MIAMI -- The Wildcat looked more like a fluffy Persian kitty.

The first three games the Miami Dolphins used their Wildcat offense it played a significant role. They recorded two victories and lost on a fourth-down desperation scramble in the final seconds.

The Baltimore Ravens found a way to tame the unusual formation -- an unbalanced line with running back Ronnie Brown taking a direct shotgun snap -- in Sunday's 27-13 victory in Dolphin Stadium.

"They are the No. 1 defense in the league, and we knew it was going to be tough," Dolphins running back Patrick Cobbs said. "Our execution wasn't as good as it should have been. I credit a lot to them, and we have to go back to the drawing board."

The Dolphins called a Wildcat play only six times. One was aborted by a false start. The five snaps generated 4 yards.

  • Brown runs for minus-1 yard

  • Right guard Ikechuku Ndukwe false start

  • Brown hands off to Ricky Williams for 5 yards

  • Brown runs for no gain

  • Brown runs for minus-3 yards

  • Brown hands off to Cobbs for 3 yards

Fans might have noticed the Dolphins run some plays that resembled the Wildcat but were not counted as such because quarterback Chad Pennington took the snaps before making an inside handoff (or faking it) to Brown or Williams on a misdirection.

The Wildcat failed to produce a touchdown for the first time. Miami scored six touchdowns out of that formation in the previous three games.

Baltimore also snapped Brown's four-game touchdown streak.

In the locker room afterward, some frustrated Dolphins sounded fed up about answering Wildcat questions.

"It's funny," Brown said. "The first couple of weeks, everybody was talking about 'Wildcat! Wildcat!' This is just part of our offense. It wasn't so much about the Wildcat. It's about our offense as a whole wasn't able to execute and put up plays and it showed. Running the football, we weren't able to get much going."