When Is The Wildcat Offense Not A Wildcat At All ? Pardon Me But You’ve Been Punk’d …………….!

When Is The Wildcat Offense Not A Wildcat At All ? Pardon Me But You’ve Been Punk’d ……..!

For all of the hype and ballyhoo concerning the Miami Dolphins and their offensive presence and the ‘wildcat offense’ . It’d appear that when you live and die by the sword and there’s not much creativity beyond that one offensive strategy . Then the cupboard becomes bare . All of a sudden the Miami Dolphins are beginning to look very ordinary. Much of what we’d witnessed from the team last year was surprising. But this year the teams around the NFL have seen this team for what they really are. What’s even more surprising are the analysts who are still buying into the idiocy that this is still competitive. And in large part, they were against the New Orleans before their sails were caught in the bluster of the winds of Drew Brees and the offensive presence and play of the Saints.

New Orleans  Saints'  cornerback  Tracy  Porter (22)  runs for  the  score  in the   fourth  quarter   against  the  Miami  Dolphins   in a  game  played  at  Land  Shark  Stadium   in  Miami,  Florida.   The  Dolphins   would  give  up  a   24-3  lead  to the  Saints  and    ended  up   losing  46-34   .      picture  appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Jeffrey   M.  Boan      .......................
New Orleans Saints' cornerback Tracy Porter (22) runs for the score in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins in a game played at Land Shark Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins would give up a 24-3 lead to the Saints and ended up losing 46-34 . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Jeffrey M. Boan .......................

The New Orleans Saints started off as if they were asleep at the wheel . And it wasn’t just midway through the game that they suddenly realized that they were in with a good chance of being one of the unbeatens within the NFL who could be in for a fall. From being 24-3 down, Brees and the Saints rallied back to defeat the Dolphins 46-34 . For Sean Payton and this Saints’ team , they now move to 6-0 within the NFL and sit atop of the NFC South. And with the fall of the Minnesota Vikings and Brett Favre , who fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers,27-17.

Dolphins'  wide   receiver   Ted Ginn Jr.(right)  can't  hang  on  to  the  ball   causing an   interception  that   would  be   returned   for  a  touchdown    by the  Saints'  cornerback    Tracy  Porter  (22) .      picture appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Jeffrey  M.  Boan   ................
Dolphins' wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.(right) can't hang on to the ball causing an interception that would be returned for a touchdown by the Saints' cornerback Tracy Porter (22) . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Jeffrey M. Boan ................

Well, can we now stop with the hoorah, as to the indomitable play of the veteran quarterback ? It’s become an irritant, much like a pain in one’s rear end ! And at this moment in time, it’s very much how I feel about Favre and his traveling circus. Clown school must be out, and one would expect the likes of Mark Schlereth , Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski must be declaring their profound disappointment with the Vikings’ loss. I trust they’ll be replacing their Brett Favre posters with pictures now, of Clay Aiken ?

Vikings'  quarterback  Brett  Favre (4)  watches  as the   Pittsburgh  Steelers'  Keyaron  Fox  (57)  returns  a TD  interception   for   82 yards   in  the  fourth    quarter   of  the   game  played  at  Heinz  Field    in  Pittsburgh   Pennsylvania,.     The  Steelers   would    go  on  to   defeat  the  Vikings   27-17   inflicting them  with  their    first   loss  of the  season.        picture appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/Star Tribune/   Jerry   Holt   ........................
Vikings' quarterback Brett Favre (4) watches as the Pittsburgh Steelers' Keyaron Fox (57) returns a TD interception for 82 yards in the fourth quarter of the game played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania,. The Steelers would go on to defeat the Vikings 27-17 inflicting them with their first loss of the season. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Star Tribune/ Jerry Holt ........................

For the Miami Dolphins and their coach, Tony Sparano , they now have to show their fans and those of the NFL in general. That they can play with a great deal more than what they’ve shown us. But what else , can we now expect from a team that has fallen short of expectations to begin with ? So much was promised but so little has been delivered by this team. The AFC East is now back to the way it ought to be ! Cream always rises to the top and so it has done so, once again. Need one say anymore on the subject ?

Buccaneers'   quarterback  Josh  Johnson  (11)  is   sacked  by   Patriots'  safety  Pat  Chung  (25) and  linebacker   Tully  Banta-Cain  (95)   in   an   NFL   game   played   at   Wembley   Stadium  ,  London  ,  England .,   The   New England  Patriots   would  hand the  Tampa  Bay  Buccaneers  a   demoralizing   35-7  loss   .  Leaving  the  Buccaneers  still  winless  at   0-6   within  the  NFL.    picture  appears  courtesy  of    ap/photo/ Matt  Dunham   ....................
Buccaneers' quarterback Josh Johnson (11) is sacked by Patriots' safety Pat Chung (25) and linebacker Tully Banta-Cain (95) in an NFL game played at Wembley Stadium , London , England ., The New England Patriots would hand the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a demoralizing 35-7 loss . Leaving the Buccaneers still winless at 0-6 within the NFL. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Dunham ....................

Well is there anything else that needs to be said when the St Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders still are mired in so much putrid mediocrity ? If there has ever been a triumvirate of teams to have played so badly within the NFL ? And their fans don’t appear to be indifferent as to the sheer ineptitude being displayed by these teams. Personally, when I see fecal matter in the street , I tend to avoid it. There’s no way I’d want to intentionally step in it. Which essentially is what we’re seeing from a number of these teams and their fans. They’re quite prepared to keep on supporting the team through thick and thin , without questioning the ineptitude being shown by the team. I’ve even had a Raiders’ fan try to tell me that this team was disciplined. Well , if that’s dependent upon how one defines the word discipline ? In the Raiders’ case, under the tenure of Tom Cable, it’s akin to playing with the aplomb of a bunch of effeminate transgendered males. And if this is an affront to the transgendered males out there . Then, please accept my apologies as it’s not meant to offend at all. Merely, to make you feel that there are guys out there who are beneath you in the social pecking order. So for Raiders’ fans out there, get your players to man up and act like they’ve got a pair ! And the same applies to Tom Cable as well. Acting tough and assaulting an assistant coordinator is one thing , but it only proves what a fool you really are to begin with. Now, the question that one needs to ask …..is Al Davis still cognizant of what’s going on- on the field of play, as well as off it ?

Oakland  Raiders' quarterback   JaMarcus  Russell (2)   sits  on  the  bench  in  the  waning  moments  of  the  team's   38-0    loss  to  the  New  York   Jets  in  game  played  in  Oakland  Alameda  County  Stadium,  Oakland   , California,.      picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/  Tony  Avelar    .........................
Oakland Raiders' quarterback JaMarcus Russell (2) sits on the bench in the waning moments of the team's 38-0 loss to the New York Jets in game played in Oakland Alameda County Stadium, Oakland , California,. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Tony Avelar .........................

NFL Scores Week 7 ….

Green Bay Packers 31-3 Cleveland Browns
San Francisco 49ers 21-24 Houston Texans
San Diego Chargers 37-7 Kansas City Chiefs
Indianapolis Colts 42-6 St Louis Rams
New England Patriots 35-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Minnesota Vikings 17-27 Pittsburgh Steelers
Buffalo Bills 20-9 Carolina Panthers
New York Jets 38-0 Oakland Raiders
Chicago Bears 10-45 Cincinnati Bengals
Atlanta Falcons 21-37 Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints 46-34 Miami Dolphins
Arizona Cardinals 24-17 New York Giants

Raiders'  backup  quarterback  Bruce  Gradkowski  (5) is  about  to  be  brought  down   for the  sack by   Jets'   linebacker  Calvin  Pace    in  the   third   quarter  of the  game.   picture appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Ben  Margot  .....................
Raiders' backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (5) is about to be brought down for the sack by Jets' linebacker Calvin Pace in the third quarter of the game. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Ben Margot .....................

Monday Night Football encapsulates the game being played between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins. This NFC East match-up pits the beleaguered Redskins and a somewhat pedantic Eagles’ team looking to rebound to from last week’s stunning 13-9 defeat at the hands of the Oakland Raiders. The Eagles’ , Donovan McNabb was doing his level best to make the statements made by Rush Limbaugh, seem to have some veracity to it. His play was so inept that he made his Raiders’ counterpart JaMarcus Russell seem like a Pro Bowl caliber player. Which in essence, if it were possible then I’m sure that the Raiders’ quarterback coach, Paul Hackett would have Russell enrolled in such a program, were it available to begin with. Because Russell has yet to prove that his game has matured to the level where one would deem him even an NFL ready quarterback. And most certainly, it would provide Hackett with something of a respite at this juncture.

I’ve stated this already but in the sixteen plus years that I’ve been following the NFL . Since I emigrated to this country , I can’t remember having witnessed such an abundance of horrendous NFL teams. I know there’s always been talk of parity -whatever they allege it to mean. But at this juncture in time, you can tell , when which teams are good, which are marginal and the ones who are infinitely bad . It’s not rocket science and I certainly don’t need Ashton Kutcher to be about to provide me with a playful prank to begin with ! Seven weeks into the NFL season and I’ve been already provided with enough of them to make a scrapbook of it all. Have you been watching the NFL lately ? How much worse it is liable to get ?

Author: tophatal ...........

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10 thoughts on “When Is The Wildcat Offense Not A Wildcat At All ? Pardon Me But You’ve Been Punk’d …………….!”

  1. Wait, what? The Wildcat is no good? I think it’s a pretty good idea. Henne has showed that he can’t be trusted. So why wouldn’t you want to put your “best guys” on the field.

    As for Cable, didn’t you see it got dismissed!?! Hanson’s story was deemed inconsistent by the DA. I’m not saying they’re a disciplined team by any means, but who is really always calling the shots? Al Davis, and as long as Skeletor is around the Raiders won’t be Masters of the Universe. Sorry for the He-man reference it just came out… So in essence, it really doesn’t matter what coach we have out there at this point is really Al’s puppet. When he was sane it worked, but not so much anymore…

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    1. chappy 81

      The nevolty of the Wildcat has already began to wear off ! I mean the Dolphins have been found out and the Eagles haven’t had much use for it. What the hell has Vick done for the Eagles since his introduction to the team ? It’s a ;one trick pony; that’ll soon run its course. Before the end of the regular season it’ll be abandoned by the teams who were using it for some benefit. It’s a better weapon within the college system than it is in the NFL.

      The Eagles are now leading the Redskins 27-10 through 3 qtrs. Vick’s stats 1/1 for 5 yds. Rushing 1 rush for a loss of -1 yd . And that’s meant to impress ? C’mon now ! You of all people ought to know better than that .

      As for Henne and the Dolphins , much like the gsme in London betweeen the Pats and Bucs – it’s merely a novelty and a gimmick that the analysts laud for the sake of it. You’ll see more excitement from a ‘Pop Warner’ game.

      Buy into it at your peril , much like a Ponzi scheme.

      Alan Parkins

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      1. Are you discounting the success of it? Running plays rarely net more than 4 yards, and the wildcat gets you at least the average. I’m not sure why you are so quick to discount it… I know it’s a gimmick, but it’s really been around for years. In the 20’s and 30’s they were running the T formation, which was basically the wildcat. It’s nothing new, it just resurfaced in the pro game. If you have the personnel to do it why not run it for five of your 50 plays in the game… And to your example with the Eagles, they are a passing team, so if they run the wildcat three times a game it’s probably three more running plays than they would’ve called anyways. It’s probably better that they balance it out a little!

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  2. The wild cat is nothing more than the newer version of the old single wing. Miami will win seven to eight games. The Saints are a very good team. Only the Eagles hung with them most of the game. The Saints have a good shot at winning the Super Bowl.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      The Dolphins (2-4) aren’t going to win more than 6 games at best if that. They’ve no creativity on offense , other than the one trick pony that they’ve attached their hopes to. Teams now know how to play them straight up. And when it happens it becomes glaringly clear that there’s not much to them beyond that. They’ve no real threat on offense other than Brown ,Fasano and Williams. And that’s not going to get them to the ‘promised land’ by any stretch of the imagination.

      The wildcat has become so passe’ even your beloved Eagles have all but abandoned it. And Vick hasn’t really done anything to make you think that the team is better off for having him there to begin with.
      I mean he was bought in allegedly for that specific purpose. And as of yet the only people running scared are the animal lovers who repeatedly are being chided by his supporters. Other than what gives ?

      Alan Parkins

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  3. I think it was Colin Cowherd who said teams who run the wildcat offense are teams that don’t have a good quarterback.

    The Eagles still run it once or twice a game but they’re still primarily a passing team with an excellent QB.

    By the way… here’s wishing you a happy NBA season.

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      For once there’s something that Cowherd and I are in complete agreement on. It shows a sign in the overall lack of creativity from the offensive coordinator on certain teams who adopt the system. Once you negate a team’s strategy of using it they instantaneously become ever so one dimensional. And that’s what we’re seeing with the Dolphins.

      Idiots such as Jaworski , Schlereth and Hoge , who laud it, are merely doing so because for them it’s like overcoming erectile dysfunction and getting an erection. They’re ever so happy to get one at their age. And that can be attributed to seeing it as a success on the field when it’s done right. Which isn’t too often this season . Last season it was something of a novelty as no one really knew how to counter act it with any great degree of success.

      Alan Parkins

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  4. My 2 cents?? The more things change, the more they stay the same.
    The “modern” way to play football is the “I” formation, i.e. only one person (the Running Back) behind the QB. Before that it was 2 Running Backs behind and offset to either side of the QB (right?) Before that was the other, 2 Halfbacks and a Fullback.
    Now comes a variation of an OLD formation…the “Single Wing” (which I played under in high school), only it is called the “Wildcat”….see nothing has changed, not really, just dusting off of some ancient formations; once they are dissected and studied in “combat” they are no better or worse than current formations….remember when the “Forward Pass” was new? AND wasn’t it illegal at one time?
    I was (still) a big fan of the duo of Franco Harris and Rocky Bleirs running plays and often wonder why the Steelers (and other teams) don’t use it…..too old they say….doesn’t work they say…..but the “Wildcat”, now that works…’til others learn how to defend against it.
    Now, only if some REALLY smart team would put in an innovative formation that has success written all over it….It’s called the “Single Wing”…………Fuzz

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    1. Al Clements (Fuzz)

      Long for the days of old when the guys just went out there and just played. Now watching the NFL at times is akin to watching paint dry or an operatic offering. It becomes all too boring to watch !

      The Dolphins (2-4) under Sparano have regressed this season and much of it lies in the fact that they haven’t a quarterback worth a damn with the loss of Pennington ! And at the same time they can’t pass the ball with any semblance of surety. Ginn has hands of grease and the rest , let’s just say I’ve seen better playing at the college level.

      Alan Parkins

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  5. chappy 81

    It’s a gimmick that when it attains the success warranted it makes the game supposedly look great. But let’s look at the teams that’ve tried it this season. What has it gained them ? The Dolphins have come up short as teams now know what to expect. And the Eagles have all but abandoned it . Never mind the fact that Vick poses as about much of a threat as Clay Aiken in a room filled with horny females. So please don’t try and preach to me that it’s a success for a team this season !

    Like I mentioned in earlier comment it’s time has come and gone. It’s a cyclical thing, that may well come back round again. But what does it suggest to when so many of these NFL offensive coordinators can’t come up with something more innovative ?

    Alan Parkins

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