I'd love to hear some input about the Wildcat offense. There are a lot of knowledgeable people here on Da' Chronic and I am curious about what everyone thinks about the Wildcat. Where I reside, there is a lot of talk about it on talk radio as I am in Eagles territory and Vick is now in town. But, I just don't see it being very impactful now that defenses know they have to do a little preparation and not be caught off guard. However, it seems that Miami has had some success with it so we may see if it can have an impact on Thursday. I haven't followed Miami much, but I'll start things off with some input and use Phila. as an example.
It would seem to me that if you put a QB split out wide (or anywhere on the field in a pass-catching position), it would be every CB or Safety's dream come true. First of all, I would think you could eliminate the crossing pattern over the middle (any Off Coordinator who would have Vick or Mc Nabb,etc going across the middle and risking getting their head taken off would be crazy) and any QB that goes across the middle would be doing it for the first time and there is an art to it so that should clearly have failure all written over it. Fly pattern?? Go ahead- even Vick with his speed is not going to beat Porter, Greer or Sharper and then you actually have to catch the ball in traffic. Not likely and if you send a starting QB deep, how long will it be before his legs start to feel it? They are not trained for this type of football. And QB's need composure, calmness and don't need to be calling signals out of breath with a heart rate of 130. So, in all probability the pass plays going to that QB are swing passes, sideline routes, etc- not very much and it makes for easy defending- so you can really not worry about that aspect very much especially with the timing of routes, etc.
Now I guess a team can skip having the real QB on the field and to me that means you either have a running play coming up or a very simplistic passing play. The timing of the pass to the receiver should be less than "Breesesque" if you will- it just seems like pinpoint precision like the NFL mostly demands would be extremely difficult without tons of reps and experience.
There is probably no fullback in the backfield, so QB (or whoever gets the snap) has limited protection. My point is (and bear in mind I have limited experience with this) the Wildcat has running play / reverse / gadget written all over it and the plays that are likely would be limited and simple with someone receiving the snap who does this rarely as opposed to getting snaps every down. Possibly a short pass to some other receiver, but it appears that the play selection has been reduced and whatever happens a pass play won't involve the QB who is not receiving the snap as he will be a mediocre (at best) receiver and blocker for a running play and anything that goes to him will be a major risk of injury because he is now fair game. Another example of a play that can probably be crossed off is a screen play which looks simple to some, but to have a non-experienced player receiving a snap would make a screen play very unlikely, especially without a FB. No lead blocker for a dive, sweeps probably unlikely (or maybe only to one side of the field) etc, etc. If whoever receives the snap is not a QB, then passes with precise timing routes are probably out and deep passes should be vulnerable to a blitz or anything except a totally missed assignment. Well I could go on, and there is much more to it but I would like to hear what others have to say. I know The Wildcat opens up some possibilities that typical standard formations make more difficult. My take on it is if you are not surprised by it, it should be very manageable. Can it succeed on any given down? I think so, but if you are prepared and flow to where it is the most dangerous, it should clearly be stoppable.
But, I have minimal experience looking at it so I would love to have everyone else's take on it.
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