HOW THEY RUN
Coach Tony Sparano and offensive coordinator Dan Henning enter their second seasons with Miami. Henning excels at designing schemes for his playmakers, including an effective and now-trendy Wildcat formation that Sparano says will be taken to another level in 2009. Ronnie Brown thrived the most in the offense with a career-high 10 rushing touchdowns, and he's expected to take on a heavier load now that his right knee is almost two years removed from surgery. Brown's flash is complemented by Ricky Williams's power; Williams averaged 10 carries a game last year compared with Brown's 13. Overall, the ground game was spotty; Miami ranked 11th in rushing last season but struggled to churn yards when it was in the base offense.
HOW THEY PASS
Chad Pennington doesn't throw deep, making the passing game more about ball control. Chad Henne has the stronger arm and could stretch defenses, but he'll likely have to wait until 2010 for a starting role. Versatile rookie Pat White, who specialized in the spread offense at West Virginia, will also see snaps as the triggerman in the Wildcat.
Meanwhile, the receivers are an inexperienced bunch without a top option. Ted Ginn Jr. has yet to justify being the ninth overall pick in '07, and Greg Camarillo is recovering from knee surgery. Anthony Fasano is a viable target at tight end and may develop into another Jason Witten under Sparano's influence.
Brown has the potential to be an RB1 again, while Williams is more of a flex option. Avoid Pennington, who will be hard-pressed to throw for 3,500 yards this year with Henne and White waiting in the wings. Ginn is worth a flier among the receivers.