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How to fix the Running Game and Reduce the Number of Sacks

Here's an interesting article on how Cleveland used the Wildcat formation to get some big run plays against Chicago.

Mike Rufio's Film Room (from Dawgs by Nature)

What is interesting to me is the comment in the video about how Cleveland had no run game and how it enabled defenses to just tee off against the QB (sound familiar?).

There are three things that make it relevant to me

1. Tannehill is a legitimate threat as a WR (not only as a receiver, but also as a runner with size, and a deadly option for a WR pass) as opposed to most QBs who are out there just to establish a numerical superiority in the box

2. Charles Clay has run the Wildcat at Tulsa

3. MarQueis Gray, the guy that they used to run the Wildcat effectively in Cleveland is almost a clone of Charles Clay (Gray probably has more experience throwing than Clay)

MarQueis Gray

Height: 6032
Weight: 240
40 Yrd Dash: 4.68
20 Yrd Dash: 2.69
10 Yrd Dash: 1.64

225 Lb. Bench Reps: 15
Vertical Jump: 30
Broad Jump: 09'03"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.30
3-Cone Drill: 7.25

Charles Clay

Height: 6027
Weight: 245
40 Yrd Dash: 4.69
20 Yrd Dash: 2.67
10 Yrd Dash: 1.55

225 Lb. Bench Reps: 18
Vertical Jump: 33 1/2
Broad Jump: 09'10"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.15
3-Cone Drill: 7.07

My purpose of the post is to force the defense to worry about the run, hold the linebackers, and get distracted from just teeing off on Tannehill. I believe it will also take pressure off our mediocre line because now the defense has to worry about reading the offense and peeking into the backfield to see who has the football. The key to the Wildcat is to have an option to pass from a player who can competently pass the ball. In the following plays, there is usually an option to pass available.

Here, Charles Clay is the trigger man for the Wildcat, but he is also allowed to run downfield as a receiver to make a short catch and then break tackles for a big gain.

I give you the CLAYMAKER WILDCAT PLAYBOOK:

Personnel: QB, 1 RB, 2 TE, 2 WR (Tannehill as Pistol Tailback)

82 _ _ _ _ _ _LT LG C RG RT 84_ _ _ _ _ _ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 11

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _42 _ 26

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _17

Ball snapped to Clay 42 who fakes or gives to Miller 26,

then runs or pitches to Tannehill 17 who can run or pass

Personnel: QB, 1 RB, 2 TE, 2 WR (Tannehill WR reverse)

82 _ _ _ _ _ _LT LG C RG RT 84_ _ _ _ _ _ _

_ _ _ 17 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 11

_ _ _ _ 17 _ _ _ _ _42 _ 26

_ _ _ _ _ _17

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _17 - - - - - ->

Tannehill lined up on the left as a slot receiver, motions back for a WR reverse

Ball snapped to Clay 42 who fakes or gives to Miller 26,

then runs or pitches to Tannehill 17 who can run or pass

Personnel: QB, 1 RB, 2 TE, 2 WR (Traditional Wildcat w/ Tannehill as Tailback)

82 _ _ _ _ _ _LT LG C RG RT 84_ _ _ _ _ _ _

_ _ _34 - - - - - - - - >_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 11

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _42

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _17

Ball snapped to Clay 42 who fakes or gives to Thigpen 34,

then runs or pitches to Tannehill 17 who can run or pass

Personnel: QB, 0 RB, 2 TE, 3 WR (3 WR Wildcat)

82 _ _ _ _ _ _LT LG C RG RT 84_ _ _ _ _ _ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _42

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _17

Ball snapped to Clay 42 who fakes or gives to Matthews 18,

then runs or pitches to Tannehill 17 who can run or pass

Personnel: QB, 1 RB, 2 TE, 2 WR (Pistol Option: Tannehill WR reverse)

82 _ _ _ _ _ _LT LG C RG RT 84_ _ _ _ _ _ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 11

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _42 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _17

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 17

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _26 _

Ball snapped to Clay 42 who runs the option right with Miller 26 as trailer

Tannehill 17 runs the counter WR reverse and can take a pitch from Clay 42 or a handoff from Miller 26 and has run/pass option running back left

Thanks for reading this far...what you do think?

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