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    Are they a running team, or a passing team.

    Dolphins were definitely a running team last year, but with the addition of Brandon Marshall and Ronnie Brown returning from a season-ending foot injury, do they transform themselves into a pass-first team?

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    I think they will open the season looking to use their new toys and test Henne's big arm...if this fails, I look for a quick return to the "use the run to set up the pass mentality." Not to be overlooked is the hype coming out of Dolphin's camp about Pat White making a quantum leap...maybe, just maybe we finally see the "WildPat"
    "I suggest a new strategy Artoo...Let the Wookie win..."

  3. The Dolphins are still a running team. They have the big great OL. They have the two headed attack of Brown/Williams. They might pass a little more, but their bread and butter is the running game.

  4. They are a running team that just cleared about 2 guys out of the Front 7 because now teams have to keep them honest and protect against Brandon Marshall.

  5. When I watched the tape of the Wildcat against the Colts last year I thought is was awesome. They destroyed the Colts running the ball. But it takes so long to score, the games are always close, and of course Peyton won it at the end. I still believe that big plays win games in the NFL. You need quick strikes and that comes in the passing game. I believe even with Ronnie Brown back this year, they begin to use it less now with Brandon Marshall. But if he gets hurt.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cris Collinsworth View Post
    When I watched the tape of the Wildcat against the Colts last year I thought is was awesome. They destroyed the Colts running the ball. But it takes so long to score, the games are always close, and of course Peyton won it at the end. I still believe that big plays win games in the NFL. You need quick strikes and that comes in the passing game. I believe even with Ronnie Brown back this year, they begin to use it less now with Brandon Marshall. But if he gets hurt.........
    I agree with that. They had a 45min time of possession vs. the Colts and still lost the game. Keeping the ball away from the other team is a big factor in games, but not when the other guy is one of the greats of all time. You've got to be able to strike deep down the field in a short time to be able to win games in today'a NFL. Not every week, but often enough that a one dimensional running team will flounder more often than not. I think this year Marshall opens up running lanes by keeping defenses honest and curbing their tendency to stack the box, but ultimately Miami is a run-first team. Their offensive line is built for it and even with Ronnie Brown returning from injury, their two-headed RB attack is one of the most potent in the league. He tore his ACL two seasons ago and came back well. I expect him to recover positively this time.
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    Obviously Bill Parcells isn't the coach, but I've never known him to want his teams to be pass-first!

  8. Run first as always with this regime, but now with quick strike ability they needed to become serious contenders

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantsfan97 View Post
    Obviously Bill Parcells isn't the coach, but I've never known him to want his teams to be pass-first!
    He's not the coach, but Tony Sparano is and he's from the Bill Parcells coaching tree which is mostly all guys who have the exact same philosophy.

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    This is still a run first team. That's what it has been built for and adding Marshall will only reinforce that. With Marshall on the field, Defenses will have to respect the threat of the pass and will loosen up on the line of scrimage to account for Marshall. Also Marshall is a very good and willing downfield blocker. Those two things together seem to point to Miami remaining a run first team.

    Marshall obviously helps the passing game and Red Zone offense, but he also provides additional help in the running game.

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