The Miami Dolphins flew home from Arizona after a 31-10 loss to the Cardinals and head coach Tony Sparano wanted a change. Quarterback coach David Lee had an idea and so the birth of the Wild Cat came to the Dolphins. The WC had been a part of college football but had yet to take a hold in the NFL. The following week while visiting the New England Patriots, the Dolphins rolled out the package and shocked the Patriots.
The Dolphins would score 28 points by the end of the third quarter in route to a 38-13 victory. Ronnie Brown scored four touchdowns on the day, the highest of his career. The Dolphins would ride the Wild Cat for the rest of the season finishing 11-5 and winning the AFC East. The Dolphins would lose to the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card round.
2008 would mark the last appearance of the Dolphins in the playoffs and unfortunately the team would try to continue the success of the WC into 2009. Bill Parcells would spend a 2nd round draft pick on Pat White to run the Wild Cat more effectively but White would have no impact on the team and the Dolphins would waste personnel and draft picks on the formation that other teams had figured out how to defend.
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