It’s really not surprising that a slow-footed quarterback with a flamethrower attached to his torso wouldn’t like the Wildcat offense.
But it’s somewhat significant when the quarterback in question was the best ever for a team that has mastered the single-wing attack.
“It would be difficult for me because, I think, there’s a certain thing
about rhythm,” Marino told our friends at WQAM in Miami. “But, at the same time, if
you’re running off seven or eight yards a clip you can understand it.
But me, personally, I don’t think I can handle coming on and off the
field and breaking up your rhythm as far as throwing the football.”
In all fairness, the act of jogging on and off the field several times per game would have matched a month’s worth of Marino’s typical offseason cardio during his playing career. And, frankly, with a guy like Marino on the team, there’s no need to embrace a Wildcat attack.
And that’s a point I think I sort of made today with Sid Rosenberg of WQAM. If Chad Henne continues to develop into the kind of down-the-field thrower that Chad Pennington wasn’t, the Dolphins won’t need the Wildcat offense to move the ball.
The key is to come up with ways to move the ball based on the personnel you have. The Dolphins went into 2008 with a quarterback lacking a Marino-style rocket arm, so the Dolphins improvised. If Henne can become something that the Fins haven’t had since Marino retired nearly a decade ago, the Wildcat’s appearances will be fewer and farther between.