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Jets incorporate L.T. into their Wildcat package

In Tim Layden’s new book, Blood, Sweat and Chalk, an excellent look at various football offenses and defenses from an Xs and Os perspective, Bills coach Chan Gailey predicts that the Wildcat offense — essentially, the resurrected single wing — “is going to become more the norm in the future.” 

It’s going to happen not because every team will feel compelled to run it (although most now do), but because the college game is producing quarterbacks who both run and throw, the key attributes of the guy who takes the snaps in the single wing, an attack premised on complex blocking maneuvers, backfield motion, and an ensuing atmosphere of chaos as to where the ball is — and where it’s going.

“You don’t find a ton of the six-three, six-four, drop-back, stand-up passers,” Gailey told Layden.  “They’re not in college, so we’re not getting them up here.”

Until that happens, teams with statuesque quarterbacks will be using the single wing based on the personnel they have, usually with the running back taking the snaps.

In New York, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News points out on Twitter that the Jets (whose quarterback is surprisingly athletic but not athletic enough to run the single wing at the NFL level) spent Saturday morning working on their own version of the offense, with LaDainian Tomlinson getting the ball directly from the center.

Last year, the Jets initially used Leon Washington in the package.  After he suffered a season-ending broken leg, the job fell to Brad Smith. 

For 2010, Tomlinson is the natural choice.  For starters, it gets him involved, which keeps him from pulling a Fragile Frankie Merman, finding a spot on the end of the bench and sulking.  Then there’s the fact that L.T. has thrown 12 career passes on halfback-option plays, completing eight of them. 

Of the eight completions, seven went for touchdowns.

The Jets are calling it, per Mehta, the Wild Horn Frog.  The name obviously comes from the fact that Tomlinson played at TCU, on a team known as the Horned Frogs.

Still, with Rex Ryan coaching the team, we think it’s only a matter of time before he slips and calls the thing the “Wild Corn Dog.”  And then drools all over himself. 

And then says, “Ah, f–k.  I just drooled all over my f–king self again.”

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67 Responses to “Jets incorporate L.T. into their Wildcat package”
  1. HarrisonHits says: Aug 14, 2010 10:21 AM

    “The Jets are calling it, per Mehta, the Wild Horn Frog”
    Strange, with Tomlinson out there shouldn’t be called the Wild Whining Little Girls ?

  2. Pilehiclown says: Aug 14, 2010 10:23 AM

    There’s only 1 LT. And he played defense.

  3. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Aug 14, 2010 10:25 AM

    Awesome. A washed up RB with an attitude problem.
    The Jets debacle is going to be entertaining to say the least. It’s like a train wreck – try as you might you can’t turn away.

  4. The Green Titan says: Aug 14, 2010 10:27 AM

    Anti Jets story number 1,245.

  5. DJTEKNISION says: Aug 14, 2010 10:33 AM

    Isn’t this the same team that called the wildcat a gimmick and it was a high school formation?

  6. Strick says: Aug 14, 2010 10:38 AM

    “Still, with Rex Ryan coaching the team, we think it’s only a matter of time before he slips and calls the thing the “Wild Corn Dog.” And then drools all over himself.
    And then says, “Ah, f–k. I just drooled all over my f–king self again.”
    ———————————————-
    OK. Now THAT’s funny!

  7. GreenAsGrass says: Aug 14, 2010 10:40 AM

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  8. Burning River says: Aug 14, 2010 10:41 AM

    Every team that plays the Jets this year is so scared.
    “Oh my! First, the Jets bring out the utterly fab Gaylon…er Braylon Edwards…and now the ‘Wild Horned Frog’!! What will we ever do? How will we ever survive??”
    The Jets suck.

  9. Devoe1129 says: Aug 14, 2010 10:41 AM

    I love it how the Jets said all year that the Miami Dolphins wildcat is just a gimmick and how it won’t work, Now they’re copying it too. They’ve got a good O line and plenty of athletes so they’ll find success. It’ll also take the pressure off Sanchez when he struggles during his sophomore slump. Copycat league here we come.

  10. Tinbender says: Aug 14, 2010 10:46 AM

    “LT’s lining up under center, looks like they’re going to use the WildSloth”

  11. Bigbluefan says: Aug 14, 2010 10:48 AM

    Why is it that everything the jets do is news
    lets save some space for when the do something like win a real game.
    Or sell out a game
    Or the punk kid of a qb does something worthy

  12. MikeTheHelmetFlorio says: Aug 14, 2010 10:50 AM

    Florio. Genius. You’ve been in top form recently with this and the braylon Edwards thread.
    More of same

  13. BigBear123 says: Aug 14, 2010 10:52 AM

    I feel compelled to comment but dont have anything to say.

  14. Ace613 says: Aug 14, 2010 10:53 AM

    Still, with Rex Ryan coaching the team, we think it’s only a matter of time before he slips and calls the thing the “Wild Corn Dog.” And then drools all over himself.
    And then says, “Ah, f–k. I just drooled all over my f–king self again.”
    ——————————————————
    That was pure genius Florio!!! Well played!!!

  15. SaintCharlie72 says: Aug 14, 2010 10:55 AM

    It’s tough when you’re eating for two

  16. robsterNY says: Aug 14, 2010 11:08 AM

    WOW…Could it be!…Rex Ryan is the ONLY coach to EVER use the F— Bomb?…*LOL*
    Grow up Florio….and stop acting like this is tennis…If it offends you dont listen….And all the “fat” jokes ….well Ryan seems to have the ability to laugh at himself ,which is more than I can say for most of the Big Fat Egos in here.
    See ya on the field.

  17. GRpatriot says: Aug 14, 2010 11:09 AM

    Over/ Under on how many games before LT’s hurt??? 4 I’m taking the under!

  18. Bigbluefan says: Aug 14, 2010 11:12 AM

    To bad no one will see it as the fans will not buy tickets to see the sorry ass team play
    I know why no one is buying the coaches club seats they would not be able to see past large rex
    Go to the jets website you will see they have cut the prices and still no takers.
    The jets are right were they belong in the nfl bargin bin

  19. cunninglinguist says: Aug 14, 2010 11:24 AM

    Bigblewfan says: bla bla bla psl’s bla bla bla
    Aug 14 NY post says:
    It’s curious why the Giants felt the need to start a big advertising campaign last week to sell what they claim are just 1,200 or so club-level PSLs left in their inventory. The ad push is curious because club seats don’t count toward the blackout number, so Big Blue wouldn’t feel an urgent need to sell them to avoid a public backlash over home games not being shown locally. After all, if you believe the Giants, they’ve long been sold out of non-premium PSLs that count toward the blackout. But the ad blitz becomes a lot less curious when you call the Giants’ ticket office (as I did just days ago), and they miraculously have non-premium PSLs – a lot of them — available in the lower bowl of New Meadowlands Stadium. In fact, I asked for six non-premium PSLs together and was told that it wouldn’t be a problem. Interesting. Something tells me the Giants have been much more circumspect than the Jets about the pace of their PSL sales because the Giants have seen how much bad publicity Woody Johnson has endured over the whole issue. The proof, of course, will come Sept. 12, when the Giants officially christen the new building. If the lower bowl looks as pockmarked with empty seats as the section behind home plate at Yankee Stadium on an average night, you’ll know the Giants weren’t being entirely truthful with the “sellout” claims.
    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/nflblitz/down_territory_mangold_black_cloud_CEMDq0d9ElYgcOCytHf95H
    ______________________________________
    Shall I show you an article about the Giants cutting prices too or is this enough to shut you up for a while?

  20. DEMOLITION says: Aug 14, 2010 11:29 AM

    Haha. That actually made me LOL. Really

  21. jsbeck says: Aug 14, 2010 11:31 AM

    He’s a running back……
    can you really call him part of a wildcat formation??
    BOYCOTTFOOTBALL.COM

  22. thehoodedone says: Aug 14, 2010 11:35 AM

    At least they have someone on the roster now who has thrown more TDs than INTs.

  23. GRpatriot says: Aug 14, 2010 11:43 AM

    Maybe Rex can come up with another public service annoucment for season ticket holders???
    Please, please buy more tickets so I can self promote my stupidity! I need you! I got a family to feed and you wouldn’t believe my grocery bill!

  24. Dan Mateus says: Aug 14, 2010 11:48 AM

    The Jets are showing off for HBO.
    Rex Ryan is going to use the wild cat offense this year with a broken down LT.
    Which in turn takes reps away from developing Sanchez further.
    And Revis is holding out this year.
    This smells like a 6-10 season for the Jets.

  25. Cake Or Death says: Aug 14, 2010 11:53 AM

    The Chargers ran this offense with LT and called it the Wild Frog. This is nothing new.

  26. KoaMisiFan says: Aug 14, 2010 11:53 AM

    Florio is on a major roll lately!!!!!!
    I can’t remember his being so precise and accurate in his postings.
    You’re right Bigbluefan, that the poor jests fans probably will never get to witness this (as they called it last season) gimmick play because they can’t seem to sell out their PSLs. Don’t worry though jests fans, NFL Network televises most of the games throughout the week — not that you would want to put yourselves through that punishment though.

  27. KoaMisiFan says: Aug 14, 2010 11:55 AM

    @GRpatriot
    No need for Rexy to worry, because the jests are extending everyone’s contracts except their (in the words of their own coach) best player in the league.

  28. JetsKvetch says: Aug 14, 2010 12:00 PM

    Rex likes food because he is fat! And “corn dog” sounds like “horn frog,” kind of!
    So bad beat writer joke + half-pun + obligatory Rex fat joke = wait, what?

  29. Citizen Strange says: Aug 14, 2010 12:03 PM

    And then says, “Ah, f–k. I just drooled all over my f–king self again.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    In will thank you in the future to save your gutter talk for your “street” friends.

  30. kravenm3 says: Aug 14, 2010 12:08 PM

    Wow…just a touch of animosity detected here.

  31. Hitman22 says: Aug 14, 2010 12:19 PM

    WOW, the YETS are a bunch of toolbags…I thought the fins wildcat was just a gimmick? Now the rest of the NFL wants to run our offense. What a joke. TURDS

  32. ercin13 says: Aug 14, 2010 12:35 PM

    rex called dolphins wildcat a gimmick sounds to me like he instead shouldve said , we were out coached by miami.

  33. ercin13 says: Aug 14, 2010 12:38 PM

    rex called dolphins wildcat a gimmick sounds to me like he instead shouldve said , we were out coached by miami.

  34. ampats says: Aug 14, 2010 12:40 PM

    The Jets needed to come up with a gimmick for their offense to help it score some points since they know Sanchez can’t get it done without throwing a pick.
    Funny, you dont see the Patriots, Colts or Saints running Wildcat packages, but then again when you have a quality NFL QB you dont need to.

  35. UrTeamBlowsgoats says: Aug 14, 2010 12:46 PM

    koamisi and florio should have a comedy tour. they r so funny and original and everything the say cracks me up. they r so funny, r wonder which one gets more play? the loser beat writer who cant stand cussing and brash attitudes or the loser zit faced slob sitting in his moms basement on the computer that suffers from coach, team, and pp envy. the answer is none of the above. and bigbluefan you just dont get it. there are no giants articles because no one cares about the giants anymore so you have to cruise the jets threads looking for friends but ul find none here. besides maybe florio and dummy dolfans. eat it up turds… yum yum yum

  36. Securb says: Aug 14, 2010 12:56 PM

    Rex drooled? Was Sanchez bending over to pick up a ball?

  37. 56lightsout56 says: Aug 14, 2010 12:56 PM

    L.T. brought the turf monster with him from S.D. so it wont matter how he gets the ball, he’ll get tackled with no one around him

  38. ingreenmts says: Aug 14, 2010 1:01 PM

    Another Florio waste of time. Are there any other teams you could write about? Since you seem to like NY so much, how about the Giants???? What is going on with OSI???

  39. robert ethen says: Aug 14, 2010 1:01 PM

    Jets are going to start out with a stripped down, tamer, version of the Wildcat.
    According to Ryan, it will be known as the “Fat F****ng Furball That Sleeps All Bloody Day And Rips The Couch Apart With Those F****ng Claws.”.

  40. JetFan in Miami says: Aug 14, 2010 1:03 PM

    @Devoe1129
    “I love it how the Jets said all year that the Miami Dolphins wildcat is just a gimmick and how it won’t work, Now they’re copying it too. They’ve got a good O line and plenty of athletes so they’ll find success. It’ll also take the pressure off Sanchez when he struggles during his sophomore slump. Copycat league here we come.”
    __________________________________
    hey ummm buddy, the Jets were one of the first teams to run the Wildcat back in 2006 along with the Raiders. I believe the following year is when the Dolphins used it as a crutch to move the ball without having to throw. The Jets use it maybe once a week, while the dolphins use it once a drive.

  41. OJPimpson says: Aug 14, 2010 1:15 PM

    What’s really funny to me is that miamis wildcat is still going to run all over the jets. Call it a gimmick call it what you want but noone does it as good as the dolphins especially now that the beast is getting involved . The jets are the ones with the high school offense.

  42. finsbooyah says: Aug 14, 2010 1:18 PM

    Funny, I seem to recall the Jets bitching about how the wildcat was nothing more than a gimmick and a cheap way to play, after getting beat by Miami twice last year. Way to stick to your convictions

  43. smithopher says: Aug 14, 2010 1:40 PM

    Always gotta take a shot at Rex Ryan. He’s a real dude, says whats on his mind, and isn’t afraid of what people will say about him. He’s hardwired to speak his mind, not be politically correct or secret about his intentions. The bottom line is he obviously puts together a great defense and showed flashes of brilliance in his first season as a head coach. Say what you want, but his players love him, Jets fans love him, the front office loves him. He’s got swagger and that’s what it takes in NY. The Yankees have always embarked on their seasons expecting a playoff berth and a real shot at the world series. Its about time a football coach came to NY with the true NY mentality. I love it.

  44. KoaMisiFan says: Aug 14, 2010 1:48 PM

    @UrTeamBlowsgoats
    You sound a little bit jealous there little buddy. Bet you wish you had a couch to sit on huh? I know, I know, you’re one of those fat slobs with a five o’clock shadow, wearing a wife-beater shirt with mustard and marinara stains all down the front, sucking on an Italian sausage yelling for your fat wife in the moo-moo to bring you another schlitz beer aren’t you. Man, I’m so jealous of you!!!!!

  45. KoaMisiFan says: Aug 14, 2010 1:50 PM

    @jestfan in Miami
    If that’s the case, why did all the jests players and coach call it “backyard” football and a gimmick? Why didn’t they just brag about how the Fins stole it from them?

  46. DJTEKNISION says: Aug 14, 2010 1:52 PM

    hey ummm buddy, the Jets were one of the first teams to run the Wildcat back in 2006 along with the Raiders. I believe the following year is when the Dolphins used it as a crutch to move the ball without having to throw. The Jets use it maybe once a week, while the dolphins use it once a drive.
    ————————————————-
    Show me proof of your claim!!! I have never seen the Jets run the wildcat before last year.
    Stop lying to prove a point.

  47. Muck says: Aug 14, 2010 1:52 PM

    Mr. Humility knocked it last year as a ‘college offense’ after Miami trucked them with it on national TV. Was what, three weeks later before he was running it himself?
    I’m sure now that he’s running it it’s the greatest offensive package ever, the Jets run it better than everybody and the rest of the league can shove it up their asses.

  48. SomeFans says: Aug 14, 2010 2:10 PM

    The NFL can thanks the Dolphins for the Wildcat… no one else runs it worth a sh*t. Including the “not yets” Lt will get destroyed coming around the corner. All they can hope to do is copy the Dolphins.
    Soon to be sulking on the bench behind his visor… 6-10

  49. BKjetsfan101 says: Aug 14, 2010 2:17 PM

    hahaha koawussydouch what a loser who says the same crap in every post. mustard and marinara stains…fat wife…your so poor you dont even have couch…lol man come on at least get original. now hes gonna say something like burgerkingjestfan. man do u copy/paste all your posts

  50. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Aug 14, 2010 3:03 PM

    I’m a Pats fan and a 25+ year NFL fan. IMO the Dolphins are the only team in the NFL to effectively execute the Wildcat. Not sure why that is, but it seems to be a fact.
    Can’t wait to see the Jets (love the “YETS” reference) attempt and fail miserably at the wildcat – especially with washed up Tomlinson.

  51. tacious says: Aug 14, 2010 3:08 PM

    @ DJTEKNISION
    FYI… The Jets have been running a form of the Wildcat offense since at least when Bill Parcells was still coaching them. They used to bring in Ray Lucas here and there to change things up… it was usually successful.

  52. NYJALLFINGDAY says: Aug 14, 2010 3:25 PM

    I’m laughing so hard at the usual Miami fans right now. And WE’RE the “Jests.” HAHAHAHAHAHA. The Wildcat is a gimmick, and it will be out of the league in a few years. It caught teams off guard, but now that it’s being figured out, Miami uses it less and less. The Jets use it once per game, maybe a few times more to keep defenses honest. Miami uses it because it was their lifeblood a few years ago, used as a crutch because the passing game was anemic.
    P.S.
    The Jets defense shut down the Miami offense in game 2. (We figured out your NCAA offense.)

  53. @Denisceo says: Aug 14, 2010 3:25 PM

    I am not suprised that the Jets would want to create some wildcat package for L.T. He was doing the same thing in San Diego.

  54. Securb says: Aug 14, 2010 3:52 PM

    @tacious
    Nothing Ray Lucas did was ever successful now I know you are full of crap.

  55. rayray1284 says: Aug 14, 2010 4:02 PM

    love how they talk trash about miami using the wildcat but its cool for them to use it. jets are a joke we will beat them twice again this year

  56. DJTEKNISION says: Aug 14, 2010 4:11 PM

    @tacious
    FYI… The Jets have been running a form of the Wildcat offense since at least when Bill Parcells was still coaching them. They used to bring in Ray Lucas here and there to change things up… it was usually successful.
    ——————————————————-
    Ray Lucas was a QB not a RB, That then makes that formation a spread option, not a wildcat. Let’s face it the NFL forgot all about the single wing offense until the Dolphins unleashed in 2008.

  57. Belichick for President says: Aug 14, 2010 5:22 PM

    Ugh, Chan Gailey is a moron. Every few years we hear how the running/throwing hybrid QB is the future of the sport. And whom are the top QB’s in the league? Brady, Manning, Brees, Rodgers, Favre, (as much as it pains me to include the scumbag) Roethlisberger. The only QB lately whom could run effectively and throw well was McNabb. The rest are flashes in the pan.
    While Chan Gailey is looking for his single wing QB, the rest of the league will be taking pocket passers who year in and out stand the test of time.

  58. ampats says: Aug 14, 2010 5:29 PM

    DJTEKNISION takes tacious to school !!!
    Smart move by the Jets, the more time Nacho spends on the sideline eating hot dogs , less the chance of the Newark Jets offense turning the ball over.

  59. KoaMisiFan says: Aug 14, 2010 5:34 PM

    From ESPN.com:
    “Ryan pooh-poohed the Wildcat’s impact before playing the Miami Dolphins for the first time. The Dolphins used it several times while rolling up 412 yards against Ryan’s defense and winning 31-27.”
    I didn’t realize the Fins embarrassed them that badly.

  60. 2buku4u says: Aug 14, 2010 5:34 PM

    I remember Tim Dwight (one of my favorite players back in the day) running out of the wildcat when he was in Atlanta.
    “Wild Horned Frog” is so lame…that would be like if we called it the Wild Fish or something like that. I’ll be the first Miami fan to admit that although it was exciting to watch at times (i.e @ NE 2 years ago), it IS a total gimick and now that we have a revamped passing game I hope to only see it in appropriate situations (i.e goal line and short yardage). It’s still not easy to defend, especially with a good stable of backs, so I can see it lasting for awhile…but no one will ever use it as much as we have in a single season and they shouldn’t.
    que BleedingGreen’s same post summarizing Miami’s last six or seven seasons…loser.

  61. LionsPlayoffs2011 says: Aug 14, 2010 6:05 PM

    Does he get to take the snap in a rascal?

  62. mikele says: Aug 14, 2010 6:26 PM

    MORON Jet haters run amok again. You guys have gotten beyond boring.

  63. UrTeamBlowsgoats says: Aug 14, 2010 9:07 PM

    Koamisi is that the best u got “little buddy”? If a had a wife i certain ly wouldnt beat her, kind of like ur “uncle billy” does to you. Jealous of what? A turd with the corniest jokes in all of pft or ur corny team thats gettin beatin on by the lowly bucs in the crap bowl you call a stadium? Koamisi king of the pft posters. Ur a clown on this site so it would seem u must be a clown in everything else. Eat it up turd. Num num num.

  64. KoaMisiFan says: Aug 15, 2010 2:04 PM

    UrGoatBlowsTeams
    Wow, and you say my posts are corny? You must ride the short bus home with that last sentence. And silly me, thinking a loser like you would even have a wife.

  65. UrTeamBlowsgoats says: Aug 15, 2010 3:03 PM

    koamisifan-I love it when u prove me right.

  66. KoaMisiFan says: Aug 15, 2010 3:55 PM

    Someone has to because you’re not doing a very good job on your own. But wait, let me throw this in for ya. Eat it up turd. Num num num.

  67. UrTeamBlowsgoats says: Aug 15, 2010 8:39 PM

    hahaha

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