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Look for Bills to use traditional Wildcat

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With all the talk about the Jets planning to do something new and revolutionary when it comes to the use of a Wildcat offense under Tim Tebow, let’s not forget that the guy who helped devise the Wildcat offense in Miami under Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano now serves as quarterbacks coach in Buffalo.

And while it’s assumed that quarterback Brad Smith will displace starter Ryan Fitzpatrick from time to time, just as Tebow will bump Mark Sanchez, let’s not rule out the potential use of the true Wildcat by the Bills.

The true Wildcat is run with the base offensive personnel.  As the 11 players come out of the huddle, the quarterback splits wide and a running back lines up in shotgun formation.  That’s how the Dolphins befuddled the Patriots in September 2008, and that’s something the Bills could do on Sunday — especially since they showed that alignment during the preseason, with C.J. Spiller taking the snap.

Of course, the Jets could do the same thing, sending Sanchez out wide and letting Shonn Greene or Bilal Powell or Joe McKnight take the snap.

That’s the true Wildcat approach, and as the Bills-Jets game approaches it’s important to be ready to see anything other than the starting quarterbacks for the two teams getting the ball from the center.

And keep this in mind.  If the two teams truly regarded their starting quarterbacks as franchise quarterbacks, the ball would never be taken out of their hands.

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16 Responses to “Look for Bills to use traditional Wildcat”
  1. trbowman says: Sep 9, 2012 10:57 AM

    An offensive gimmick that hasn’t worked in what, five years?

  2. randomguy9999 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:09 AM

    it’s not a gimmick, it works big time…..

    but not unless you got a good to great O line and a top flight RB…. if you dont have both of those…. penetration shuts it down…

  3. maddenisfordorks says: Sep 9, 2012 11:12 AM

    Sine Ronnie Brown in MIA … This thing still sucks.

  4. mazblast says: Sep 9, 2012 11:14 AM

    trbowman–Never confuse an issue by bringing up the facts.

  5. EJ says: Sep 9, 2012 11:17 AM

    Go Bills!!!! #BillsMafia

  6. kayakattack says: Sep 9, 2012 11:19 AM

    And I will look for the wildcat to be traditionally stopped.

  7. enikville says: Sep 9, 2012 11:22 AM

    “Traditional Wildcat”? Oh brother…

  8. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Sep 9, 2012 11:22 AM

    Has this offense ever really been worth the time for anyone to learn? ONE team used it in ONE game to completely outsmart their opponents (Dolphins/Patriots) and it hasn’t ever really worked since. Everyone thinks they can recreate that magic again though.

  9. shmtty28 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:22 AM

    The only headline for this game should be “look for the bills defensive line to demolish Sanchez”. Can’t wait to listen for the tebow chants. Go BILLS!!!!

  10. keepyerstickontheice says: Sep 9, 2012 11:23 AM

    So the QB’s should punt and make field goals?

  11. gettingpwned says: Sep 9, 2012 11:25 AM

    the difference is that the bills have the personnel to run that package. the jets only have tebow.

  12. buffalose says: Sep 9, 2012 11:39 AM

    The bills don’t use it as a base offense, try rely on it to gain small amounts of necisary yards , like 3rd and 3, ( in which case a 4 yrd run is considered a success) the bills will sprea out a d and once in a while ( a few snaps a game ) use it to gain a first down, and once a year they’ll prob throw out of it. Let’s stop hating and think please !

  13. shlort says: Sep 9, 2012 11:47 AM

    The wildcat deal is a joke. It is a gimmick designed to get people to watch the games. Real Football Teams use traditional game plans that have, and always will be successsful. Loser teams that have been horrible for years use gimmicks to try and fill the stands, while caring less whether they win or lose.

    I guess there is a reason why the Bills, dolphins and others never make gains. If that stuff worked, everyone would be doing it.

  14. tomcous says: Sep 9, 2012 11:49 AM

    There’s both too much said here and too little.

    Too much ismade of the Wildcat… but also too little is said about mobile QB setups. Tarvaris & Brad Smith are extremely mobile… whether you consider B Smith as a QB is another question.

    In all cases what the Bills bring to the table is more “Slash” Kordell than Wildcat

  15. randomguy9999 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:52 AM

    whatchutalkinabouthillis says:
    Sep 9, 2012 11:22 AM
    Has this offense ever really been worth the time for anyone to learn? ONE team used it in ONE game to completely outsmart their opponents (Dolphins/Patriots) and it hasn’t ever really worked since. Everyone thinks they can recreate that magic again though.

    ————————————-
    not true

    beginning that game, the 2008 Phins went the rest of the year and averaged 6.4 yards and a TD every 7 carries using it (that’s worth learning it to say the least)… 2009 numbers were close to that, in 2010 it blew up completely… for two reasons:

    the O line declined a bunch and was allowing penetration…. and the OC started using it to try and pull rabbits out of a hat… you just start using it whenever and it loses it’s utility…

    so the question today is: do the Bills or Jets have a top flight O line and RBs to do it? not really

  16. canetic says: Sep 9, 2012 11:57 AM

    I have a suggestion. How about Tim Tebow becomes an All Time Wildcat QB for all NFL teams. He will be assigned to one game a week, and either team can use him as their wildcat qb. In exchange, we never have to hear the words “Tim Tebow” or “wildcat” again.

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