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The Wildcat as a Way of Life

Okay, maybe that is a little too extreme, but I'm just wondering whether the Wildcat could become more than just a package of plays.

It seems likely that the Dolphins will not employ the Wildcat as a base offense. But is it intellectually justifiable to design an every-normal-down Wildcat offense (using current Miami personnel)? Okay, I promise not to submit Wildcat formations for Field Goal Attempts, Punt and Kickoff Returns, and Punts and Kickoffs (not that I haven't tried).

The first problem to address is passing from the wildcat. One problem with passing is the issue of pass protection. When you put both tackles on one side of the formation, it automatically limits your pass protection options. Consider the following tweak of the "conventional" Wildcat formation:

 PCR WILDCAT (Backfield PW-CH-RB)

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _TE LT [[C]] LG RG RT - - - - - - - - TG

_RW _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _PW_ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _RB

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _CH   

Note that instead of putting the LT on the right end of the line, the LG is moved to the right guard spot and the RG and RT just slide over. It obviously helps your cause if your Left Guard has right guard experience and Justin Smiley played right guard for San Fran. Think of the alignment as having a pulling Left Guard who lines up already pulled.

The pass protection schemes will need to be adjusted, but the only difference is that C and LG are swapped which may happen on stunts anyway. You have your elite left tackle and right tackle in position to handle speed rushers on the outside. On running plays, you can pull your elite left tackle from the left guard spot and have him lead interference through a number of different holes of the offense's choosing. This is an advantage.

Note also to head off any QB controversy, CH represents "Chad" and could be either Pennington or Henne.

The formation contains at least two players who can pass (PW and CH) which limits your receiving options, but the trade off is to incorporate a mobile athletic running QB and an accomplished passing QB in your formation along with running backs who are outstanding receivers.

The last problem is dealing with max protect formations and 5-wide formation options.

Here are my proposed solutions.

 

THIRD AND LONG MAX PROTECT WILDCAT: MP-Wild

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _TE LT [[C]] LG RG RT- - - - - - - - TG

_ _ _ _ _ _ RB_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _PW

_ _ _ _ RW _ _ _ _ _ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _CH              

 

Option 1: RW wildcat motion to the unbalanced right equivalent to a third and long draw play with extra blocking on the right.

Option 2: PW wildcat motion to the unbalanced left (RW, RB, TE block) equivalent to a third and long draw with a PW halfback pass option.

Option 3: If CH fakes to RW (going right) or PW (going left) then next option is a flair pass to RW or PW to beat the blitz.

Option 4A: Max protect with a two-man pattern, TG plus one of RW, RB, TE, or PW predetermined. If blitz is fake, remaining eligible can leak out into a delay pattern.

Option 4B: All receivers out, short routes and a quick throw. Receivers downfield become blockers.

 

THIRD AND LONG FIVE-WIDE-RECEIVER WILDCAT: 5W-Wild

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _PT LT [[C]] LG RG RT- - - - - - - - TG

_ _ _ _ _ _ GC_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _BH

_ _ _ _ _DB _ _ _ _ _ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _CH              

 

Option 1: DB wildcat motion to the unbalanced right equivalent to a surprise third and long draw play with extra blocking on the right.

Option 2: BH wildcat motion to the unbalanced left (DB, GC, PT block) equivalent to a surprise third and long draw.

Option 3: If CH fakes to DB (going right) or BH (going left) then next option is a flair pass to DB or BH to beat the blitz.

Option 4A: Max protect with a two-man pattern, TG and DB. If blitz is fake, remaining eligible can leak out into a delay pattern.

Option 4B: All receivers out, short routes and a quick throw. Receivers downfield become blockers.

 

I plan to include my Wildcat plays with descriptions of options from this tweaked formation in the comments section to reduce the information overload.

 

Comments anyone?

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