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 Post subject: 54 Wildcat Plays in 2015
PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 7:52 am 
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I think the only way you use the Wildcat is if you have a talented running back such as Ronnie Brown who can actually throw a pass; otherwise, "forget about it". It puts your team in 2nd or 3rd and long. That's a great way to kill a drive.

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The Wildcat fad may be as out of date as your MySpace page, but every once in a while, a non-quarterback takes a handoff and plunges off-tackle for a yard or two. There were 54 Wildcat plays last season, as defined by an offensive snap to a non-quarterback. The Wildcat netted 5.2 yards per play, three plays of 20-plus yards and 12 stuffs for no gain or a loss (plus two incomplete passes).

The Wildcat results are even worse than they look. Two runs by one player resulted in 80 yards, meaning that everyone else averaged just 3.9 yards per play. The table below shows who the Wildcat superstar was and lists the results for other direct-snap recipients.

The Rams often cut out the quarterback middleman late in the 2015 season and let Todd Gurley take direct snaps and either keep them or hand off to Tavon Austin. As the table suggests, other teams used the Wildcat the same way the Rams did: as a desperation tactic when their quarterback situation was in shambles. Le'Veon Bell took his direct snaps when Michael Vick and Landry Jones were the Steelers quarterbacks. Cecil Shorts III and others took direct snaps for the Texans when T.J. Yates was the quarterback or Brian Hoyer was playing through injuries.

So if you are down to your third or fourth quarterback and just need something to diversify your scaled-down game plan, the Wildcat won't kill you. Otherwise, there are better ways to average 5.2 yards per play.


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Its a gimmicky play that will work sometimes. We had a good run with it in 08, but, it was quickly shut down by seasons end.

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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 11:36 am 
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It was shutdown because the Dolphins quit running it right. The "Wildcat" is moving the LT(RT) and LG(RG) to the opposite side of the line. Miami did this against NE. After that they began experimenting with a spread offense with Pat White running. Sometimes a wildcat hybrid, most of the time spread.


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That NE game... I remember well. The team was just 16-0 and hadn't lost any steam, until we came and Ronnie shoved a foot(ball) right in their keesters. Have Ricky on the field too is really what made it magic.

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Hey ... the best thing about the Wildcat was confusing the Patriots with it. I miss hearing Mad Dog.


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