After injuries slowed him down in 2007, Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown returned to form in 2008 and helped his team improve from just a 1 win team the year before to a playoff squad last season. Brown was named to the Pro Bowl in 2008 after rushing for 916 yards, caught 33 passes for another 254 yards and even threw a touchdown pass out of the Dolphins’ intricate Wildcat Formation. With his injury problems a year further in the rear view mirror, Brown is set to build on his solid 2008 numbers to Brown joined 790 The Zone in Atlantato talk about the Dolphins and his alma mater, the Auburn Tigers.
On how his team will stay focused in 2009 and avoid a letdown after taking the league by surprise in 2008:
“I think basically, we’ve forgotten about last season. You know obviously it was a good season but we look at it as something to build on. We obviously approach the offseason that way – we went in to our OTAs, our offseason program – pretty much 100% of the guys were there for 90% of the workouts. So just being there and establishing that camaraderie and everybody wanting to be there, you know, not just because you have to. The OTAs, those are optional, but all the guys showed up for all of those. So I think we got a good start.”
On the effect of Bill Parcells and the impact he was able to have on the organization from top to bottom:
“I think they just got the right people together. You know, I think coach Sparano always said it’s not just the 53 guys, it’s the right 53 guys. No matter who you are, you get everybody in the right position and get everybody in a situation where they feel comfortable, then you know, you got an opportunity to win and succeed. And that’s what I think they do a great job of and they’ve been a part of establishing winning programs and they know how to get the type of guys that they want and putting guys in certain positions. I think they did a great job of that and we were all trying to learn each other last year and we were able to go out and be successful with that. Now it’s our second season and they have a ground rule established and everybody knows what to expect and how to approach it, so I feel everybody’s going to feel more confident and comfortable going in to this season.”
On sharing carries with Ricky Williams and how he was able to make an impact in other ways within the Wildcat Formation:
“I think it just gave us an opportunity to get more playmakers on the field at the same time. Not only myself and Ricky, but we had a younger guy in Patrick Cobbs that obviously established his role on the football team and you know, he made some big plays for the football team. I just think as a whole, it helped everybody out and gave us a new look as an offense and gave us an opportunity to switch it up. You know, you see teams go in to their no-huddle offense and in to their speed offense – you know we have another opportunity to throw people off when we go in to the Wildcat Formation that they haven’t seen before. And obviously that’s something they have to prepare for even if we do run it or not, that’s still something they’ve got to spend a lot of time on.”