Jaworski disses Wildcat as a "gimmick"

No matter how much success the Dolphins have with their Wildcat formation, there are always those who are quick to call the formation a gimmick that can’t be used for a team that wins big.

Monday Night Football announcer Ron Jaworski is the latest to weigh in on the formation. Appearing on ESPN radio this morning, an interview helpfully passed along by old PFT friend Michael David Smith of FanHouse, Jaworski said that while the Dolphins run well out of the Wildcat it is still “a gimmick and a gadget” that won’t ever help a team win a championship.

“Clearly, no one does it better than the Miami Dolphins, but I really
believe that at the end of the season they’re going to have to find a
way to get some explosive plays out of the passing game,” Jaworski
said. “It was crystal clear in the Colts’ game, they controlled the
ball 45 minutes but when you run the football that well you’re not
going to score a lot of points.”

While Jaworski isn’t wrong that teams need explosiveness in all phases of their offensive attack, his analysis of the Colts loss seems off base. The problem with the Dolphins in the Colts game was their inability to stop Peyton Manning from driving down the field and scoring points in a manner of seconds, not the fact that they held the ball for 45 minutes and wound up with 23 points.

Think back to Super Bowl XXV when pundits fell all over themselves to praise the ball control gameplan drawn up by Bill Parcells to help his Giants beat the Bills. The Giants held the ball for nearly 41 minutes and only scored 19 20points, but they beat the Bills because their defense held the potent Bills offense to just 17 19points before Scott Norwood missed wide right.

They didn’t use the Wildcat, but isn’t it just splitting hairs to argue that one offensive style is better than another one if it puts your team into position to win games?

Furthermore, on Monday night the Dolphins did make explosive plays in the passing game. Chad Henne hit Ted Ginn for a 53-yard touchdown pass against the excellent Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, the kind of big play that may be more common now that Henne has taken over the reins from the more limited Chad Pennington.

The biggest problem with Jaworski’s lament is that you could say the same thing about any team with one big strength coupled with mediocre or worse play in other phases of the game. Did the fact that the Saints missed the playoffs the last two seasons mean that you can’t win with an explosive passing game? No, because as they’ve proven this season you need a good running game and strong defense as well.

The Wildcat can’t be everything, but to say it can’t be part of something seems quite silly given the evidence the Dolphins have provided over the last two seasons.

94 responses to “Jaworski disses Wildcat as a "gimmick"

  1. Totally agree. The problem in the Colts game was the Dolphins defense. There is nothing wrong with a ball control offense, it’s incredibly smart and at the very least it gave them control of the ball and a chance to win a game they were thought to lose by 15+ points.

  2. I guess you missed the Colts-Dolphins game:
    For the Miami Dolphins, the formula didn’t seem to add up.
    They held the ball for 45 minutes — three-quarters of the game. They converted on an eyepopping 15 of 21 third-down chances. They rushed for 239 yards, keeping Peyton Manning off the field most of the night. They held nearly a 2-to-1 edge in first downs, ran 84 plays to Indianapolis’ 35, and didn’t turn the ball over until the game’s final play.
    And, somehow, they lost
    So Jaws is wrong right? Please. The arrogance is astounding.

  3. Good points, Josh. Jaworski was going on and on about the Wildcat being a gimmick during the Colts-Dolphins MNF game (much to Jon Gruden’s chagrin), so his latest comments are nothing new. It’s surprising because he should know more than anyone else that it’s just a formation, nothing more. And the Dolphins ran it effectively in both MNF games he worked, vs. the Colts and later the Jets. I think his problem with it is that it removes the quarterback from the equation, and, as a former QB, he doesn’t like that. But how much more evidence does he need? There’s not enough evidence to prove his contention that a team will never make it to the Super Bowl using it. But it sure helped the Dolphins go from 1-15 in 2007 to 11-5 and a playoff berth in 2008. That’s fairly compelling.

  4. when he can properly pronounce the name Sanchez, I might listen to something he has to say.
    I love how Jaws is suddenly a know-it-all.

  5. “The Wildcat can’t be everything, but to say it can’t be part of something seems quite silly given the evidence the Dolphins have provided over the last two seasons.”
    finally something smart. thank you

  6. Jaws probably doesn’t like since the Eagles aren’t effective with it. I agree with why the dolphins lost to the colts it was because their defense kept letting the colts get big plays. Sure the colts weren’t on the field long but it doesn’t matter when you keep scoring TDs

  7. I’m sure someone called the forward pass a gimmick, too. And I thought the only “purists” were baseball. If it helps the Dolphins win I’m all for it. Jaws, Clayton and all the other haters are going to have to eventually accept it, because it looks like it’s here to stay.

  8. Josh, you should probably get your facts straight before posting your next article. The XXV score was 20-19, not 19-17. Please revise and resubmit.

  9. this guy is a putz….he had a mediocre career as a qb and now we have to listen to this guy once a week.
    hey “jaws”…..its a nfc championship ring, you dont have to wear it everywhere you go.

  10. The problem with the Dolphins in the Colts game was their inability to stop Peyton Manning from driving down the field and scoring points in a manner of seconds
    Who could? To beat them with 2 minutes or less you have to be up 2 scores or 4-8 points and take away their TOs. Otherwise you’re toast.

  11. It isn’t a gadget or gimmick when you run it 20 times in a game with solid yards per attempt. It is just an outside of the box formation that works because NFL teams don’t consistently get chances to play against it.
    The Wildcat worked well in the Colts game and is why they were able to come close. But when your opponent scores a TD on nearly every possession I don’t care if you have the greatest show on turf you are going to lose.
    Jaworski is so off base. If Miami didn’t have the effective Wildcat and could only use their offense in traditional ways they would not be as good of a team. I’ll agree that the Wildcat is a crutch for an otherwise unremarkable Miami offense but it helps them be competitive.
    Jaworski just doesn’t like formations that involve the QB standing on the sidelines.

  12. .. Has he ever heard the term: Defense wins championships? The Dolphins have a great offense, and if their defense was elite, they would be superbowl bound.

  13. Two bruising running backs – Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams make it successful. It is a fancy word for triple option with a little more pizazz.
    Other teams that mimic it give it the gimmick name. Running it 3-5 times a game won’t produce the same results.
    Put Ronnie Brown and Williams in any offensive style and they can rack up yardage.

  14. About as gimmicky as mediocre ex-Qb’s offering up sage comments under the guise of a cutting edge NFL analyst.
    Love ya Jaws.

  15. I’m curious how it is that Jaws fancies himself an expert on what will win a championship seeing how he never won one.

  16. About as gimmicky as mediocre ex-Qb’s offering up sage comments under the guise of a cutting edge NFL analyst.
    Love ya Jaws.

  17. Jaworski is loud mouth know-it-all and I hope Gruden gets a new gig so he can pop him in the mouth on his way out the door.
    is anyone else bothered by the way Jaworski’s whole face jiggles while he talks in that way he does.

  18. What exactly is the gimmick? The wildcat simply takes the qb, who generally hands the ball off and is out of the play, and replaces him with another blocker or playmaker in the running game. There’s no secret to it, the bottom line is Miami is being much more physical up front. There’s a reason Satele was dumped for Jake Grove. It has been Parcells and Ireland’s track record, draft Long, sign Smiley (one of their first moves). The entire line has been remade the past two years with the goal of winning at the line of scrimmage, and that is exactly what they’re doing.
    “When you run the football that well you’re not going to score a lot of points.” So Jaws is saying you shouldn’t be able to run that well if you want to score. That makes no sense. If it take 10 minutes or 2, if you score every time you have the ball it doesn’t matter how long it takes. You may score less only because there are less possessions total in the game, BUT it also means the other team is getting less possessions.
    Of course they need explosive plays out of the passing game, but that is absolutely irrelevant in regard to what formation they run the ball out of. If it helps the running game, it can help win a championship. Like Sparano said at his Tuesday press conference, “if people think it’s just a gimmick then I would have to say to them look at the film.”

  19. Run whatever offense you like. In a QB driven league it seems foolish to take the ball out of your offensive leader’s hands.

  20. Ron you are a jibber jabbering diarrhea of the mouth kinda guy, should have expected some nonsense like this from you.
    It works and with the arrival of Henne, should he continue to excel, the phins are going to have something to contend with.
    It’s brilliant and i think some folks are just jealous so they diss it. It may be one of the oldest formations in football. If it is a gimmick then any defensive coach worth his salt should be able to stop it. It has been out there for quite some time.

  21. Did Jaws happen to catch the game Monday night? Dolphins on the goal line with a few seconds left needing a touchdown to win. Ran a play out of the Wildcat formation. Touchdown!Game over!

  22. Until Ronnie Brown can figure out how to play defense from the wildcat formation, that will be the Dolphins problem, not the offense.
    How a supposed professional analyst can say that a team can’t win with an offensive style that moves the ball down the field and eats up large chunks of clock is beyond me.
    Yes- eventually teams will come up with a scheme that renders the wildcat less effective. But until they do, the Dolphins are absolutely correct in using it.

  23. Jaws should be fired if he tells Gruden that “he’s getting a little excited” or to “calm down” one more time on air. Gruden’s passion for the game is what makes him unique and is what we (I) want to hear from him in the booth.
    When I heard jaws tell him to calm down I was hoping that Gruden would pop him in the lips. The chemistry in the booth doesn’t seem to be there for those two, but I think Gruden has the potential to be great for MNF.

  24. Jaworski might want to be a bit more focused on trying not to be so incredibly brutal on MNF. Gruden is blowing him out of the water and he knows it, but he’s not good enough or bright enough to do anything about it. It’s painful listening to him try to come up with something to say after Gruden has already provided the insight and analysis. Kornheiser’s level of annoyance masked how awful Jaworski is, but with Gruden there now, he’s been exposed………….And, I don’t think enough credit has been given to Miami’s coaching staff for creating a system that plays to the strengths of their personnel. If Henne becomes a quality QB and they finally get some decent receivers, the Wildcat won’t be as prevalent, but in the meantime, it’s incredibly innovative. Jaworski has be an idiot to refer to something that has been so consistently successful as a gimmick. Hopefully, Jaworski gets sh**-canned after this season.

  25. I’ll stick with Jaws anyday of the week instead of anyone in NBC’s Lineup… (I’ll make an exception for Dan Patrick, but Olberman, Costas, Dungy, Michaels, Collinsworthless are all crap)
    and how did this vaunted, unstoppable, works everytime Miami Wildcat Offense do in the playoffs last year???? Oh they lost to the Ravens 9-27… that’s why it’s called a “gimmick”… it doesn’t work in the post-season and with the Dolphins already at 2-3 this year… we’re not going to see them use the wildcat in the playoffs this year.

  26. In the Dolphins/Jets game, he said the same thing, but Jon Gruden asked him later on if he was coming around and he said he’d have to think about it.
    It equates to someone believing in one thing despite the huge pile of evidence to the contrary. Besides, is it a gimmick that 30% of the NCAA runs a similar single-wing offense? And the Dolphins were not the first in the NFL to run it. Several teams had a package in their gameplans before the Dolphins unleashed their version in week 3 of 2008.
    Maybe we can sit down Jaws in Steve Sabol’s office and he can review the early days of the NFL, so he can understand the Wildcat is actually OLD FASHIONED football.

  27. I like Jaws. He is right and wrong about this.
    The Dolphins can’t win with just the wildcat.
    And the Wildcat is a gimmick for a lot of other teams.
    But what makes the Dolphins’ Wildcat different is execution. Nobody executes the Wildcat better from a blocking and timing standpoint, and so nobody else is nearly as successful with it.

  28. Gimmick: a concealed, usually devious aspect or feature of something, as a plan or deal:
    The WildCat is a staple of the Dolphins offense. How is this a gimmick? Other teams may use it as a gimmick but Miami is the best running team in the league right now and has used the WildCat in every game other than week 1. I don’t get these analysts who are claiming it can’t work when it obviously is. It’s ridiculous.

  29. Let’s see…gimmicks in football…the Single Wing…the T Formation (Chicago 73, LA Rams 0)…the Wing T…the Wishbone…the Broken Bone…the I formation…the West Coast offense…the Spread (even though I hate it)…the 5-2 defense…the 53 defense…the 43 defense…the 34 defense…the 46 defense…the 3-3-5 defense.
    Gimmicks are what make football entertaining-kind of like the Statue of Liberty play or the “Fumble-Ruski” (sp?). It proves that this WONDERFUL sport is evolving. The Wildcat is another innovation in a sport where innovations are a necessity for success. Whether it is short-lived or here forever, it’s fun for the No Fun League.

  30. The Wildcat isn’t a gimmick, it’s a formation.
    When I think of a gimmick, I think of a play that teams break out once every two or three games. The Dolphins run the Wildcat frequently. It’s no longer something that is going to catch opposing defenses off-gaurd.

  31. “It was crystal clear in the Colts’ game, they controlled the ball 45 minutes but when you run the football that well you’re not going to score a lot of points.”
    Uh, Jaws? The problem with the Colts game was the defense, not the offense.

  32. It’s like Deion Sanders said, “you can’t beat teams so you try to trick them” and that is exactly what the dolphins do. They can’t lineup and execute normal plays and this is evident when they actually do try. I hate that stupid wildcat crap, lineup and play like men.

  33. Jaworski don’t like it, of course not, he’s a QB. I like the wildcat, especially here in philly. Philly just needs to use vick more effectively. They baby the Sh** out of him. Let the man play

  34. What’s odd is that he and Gruden have had long back-and-forths on the topic each time they’ve seen Miami play on a Monday night (twice so far), and while Jaws was steadfastly against the Wildcat for the first game, he seemed to come around during the Miami victory over the Jets. In the post-game, he even made concessions regarding the validity of the approach by commenting that it wasn’t a gimmick because Miami was dedicated to the format, and thus practiced it every week, whereas for other teams, it may be better defined as a gimmick since it’s unlikely to be used with any regularity.
    Curious that he would come out and say the exact opposite, again, this week. I guess it was just lip service to placate Gruden.

  35. great article alper. possibly one of the best i’ve ever read on here.
    jaworski is an idiot – he can call it a gimmick all he wants. we’ll keep riding it to 7+ yards per carry, thank you.

  36. The problem with using the Colts game as a reason why this type of offense does not work is the fact that in the entire NFL that has never happened before.
    In the history of the NFL if a team has less than 15 minutes of time of possession they have lost every time.
    Saying that Jaws is right because of the Colts game would be like using the example of the Texans/Steelers game years back where the Steelers had 10x the amount of yards as the Texans and lost the game.

  37. east96street says:
    October 16, 2009 11:14 AM
    I’m curious how it is that Jaws fancies himself an expert on what will win a championship seeing how he never won one.
    ****
    Glad to see that you do not hop on non-Giants topics and try to start trouble…. Yes, you cannot comment on football unless you have won a championship.
    Sounds like you are coming to a bar looking for a broken nose. I would give it to you but I have too much class down here in my city full of murderers.

  38. downsouth49er says:
    October 16, 2009 11:44 AM
    It’s like Deion Sanders said, “you can’t beat teams so you try to trick them” and that is exactly what the dolphins do. They can’t lineup and execute normal plays and this is evident when they actually do try. I hate that stupid wildcat crap, lineup and play like men.
    ****
    How is it not a normal play? The ball is snapped, someone runs it, and someone tackles them. If a team is getting beat by the Wildcat – maybe they should get men on defense.

  39. Jaworski being on Monday Night Football, now thats the gimmick. Does anyone expect him to last another 2 seasons, max???

  40. I think that Jaws is credible because he was won multiple superbowls so he knows how to win……errr, wait a second.
    But Jon Gruden, who is a wildcat fan, he has never won the big one so we cant trust his opinion…….err, wait a second.
    to suggest we lost the Colts game because it the wildcat is one pretty ingnorant. So you would be saying that keeping Peyton Manning on the sidelines is a bad thing…….right. Our Defense is last in the league in Passing Yards per attempt….hmmm, you think that might have something to do with it? Tard, tard tard tard TARRRRRRDDDDDDDD.

  41. Downsouth……thanks for voicing your lack of football IQ. Wildcat is man on man, thats EXACTLY what it is. Go play baseball moron.

  42. I’ve always hated the idea of using the Wildcast for teh majority of plays like the Dolphins. It’s a total gimmick of trick plays, and can only get you so far. For instance, the Dolphins managed to trick the league into a 11-5 record, and then promptly got their asses stuffed by the Ravens.
    When you try bells and whistles against a REAL defense, you get stopped. And in the playoffs, that will ALWAYS happen.
    And as expected, the league has already figured out the Dolphins, hence their horrible 2009 record.

  43. “Did the fact that the Saints missed the playoffs the last two seasons mean that you can’t win with an explosive passing game? No, because as they’ve proven this season you need a good running game and strong defense as well. ”
    So the answer to that questions should be… yes? Totally awkward statement Florio

  44. Ease up on Jaws. It’s probably hard to think clearly when you have Chuckie screaming in your ear for three hours that THE WILDCAT WILL REVOLUTIONIZE PRO FOOTBALL!!!! It’s an exciting formation, the Dolphins run it well. It won’t overcome a poor defense or a QB (Manning) who can score in a most traditional way every time he touches the ball. I might buy into that revolution when I see the Dolphins kissing the Lombardi. Until then, Chuckie needs to calm down a little.

  45. Do you guys remember when Jaws played for the fins? maybe he was spurned by the organization at some point. What a total TOOOOOOOOOOL!
    It is nice to see the support for the Fins on here. But what about all the love the freaking jets get in the media. They won 2 confernece champioships in their existence and are going no where fast. We all know what happens when you trade your draft for superstars, that back end of your roster sucks.

  46. why not run it? especially if it works?
    i do think it would be more effective if you could move a regular qb around and then run the wildcat. surprise advantage and all…
    teams need options. whatever works. if it helps break up the star system where certain guys have to get their #s or pitch a hissy fit, i am all for it.
    and, all teams have the same playbook, basically. they all can learn and run the same plays. it is just a question of what each team emphasizes.

  47. Smush Rodrigez says: “I would give it to you but I have too much class down here in my city full of murderers”
    Smush, if you think taking a shot at Jaws means I’m ripping all of Philly, you need to go back on your meds. Unless he was appointed the official representative of Philadelphia and to insult him is to insult everyone that lives or has ever lived in Philly, it was just a shot at him. If he IS the Lord High Ambassador of Philadelphia, I sincerely apologize. I missed the announcement of Jaws being elevated to that high honor. I not familiar with the protocol. Are we required to kneel when he appears on the screen or just eat a cheesesteak and chug a Yuengling? I have to watch my cholesterol, so is there a way to get a waiver of the cheesesteak thing for MNF games?

  48. It’s not a gimmick if a team runs it every other play, kicks the ever living crap out of you and you can’t do a damn thing to stop it, on the other hand, if you run it like Philly then it’s a gimmick.

  49. I’d like to hear Jaws’ definition of gimmick. Almost all teams have funky plays designed to exploit defenses in an oddball way. Obviously, these oddball plays can’t become mainstream because then all defenses would be designed to deal with them. The play that is unconventional must always remain rare, by definition, and such plays have always been part of the NFL. (Remember Marino’s fake grounding that went for a TD? It worked.) Calling the wildcat a gimmick is something I don’t understand, especially since the Dolphins are so well with it.

  50. After thinking about it more, it must be that Jaws’ definition is that a gimmick is any off-beat style of play or alignment, by offense or defense, that intends to screw with the minds of the opposing defense/offense. To me, that is one of the most fun things in the NFL. The Dolphins use their “gimmick” more than others teams have used their own, but as long as it’s working…..

  51. Thank you, dolphan85. I am sick and tired of trying to enlighten people who bash the Wildcat because they don’t understand it (I guess that scares them).
    I was NEVER able to stand Jaws, so this is no suprise to me.
    downsouth49er, you are an idiot too. Line up and play like men??? The reason it is so successful is because the Dolphins O-line, and TE’s are simply mauling defenses at the line of scrimmage. The wildcat is designed to get a “hat on a hat”. The Dolphins are winning the physical one on one battles, allowing the RB’s to run through open lanes. If that’s not football, then I don’t know what is.
    And stop using the playoff game against the Ravens last year as “evidence” that the wildcat doesn’t work. Yes they did shut it down, but the Dolphins have a new center, new right guard, and new TE2 that has made a world of difference up front. Also, it was ONE GAME, against one of the best defenses in the league. By this logic, the Patriots spread offense in 2007 was ineffective and can never win a championship because they lost to the Giants (yea that’s how stupid you sound).
    It was the defense (which is improving) that lost the game against the Colts. And now with Henne, the Dolphins hope to have some big play potential on offense. If these two things come together along with the wildcat, the Dolphins are going to be a serious contender for years to come. And I’ll love to hear you all bitch about the wildcat gimmick when we run it down your team’s throat… Just like Cry-Baby Ryan and his wonder-boy, Bart Scott.
    How about actually trying to watch a game or maybe even think before making dumb ass comments. The ignorance of some of the people on this message board (Jaws doesn’t suprise me) is sometimes more than I can bear.

  52. Isn’t this the same Jaws who told us Junior Seau had nothing left in the tank .. like 5 years ago. Jaws is a decent broadcast guy but I am still waiting to see him be right about anything. Jaws is to football what the local weatherman is to weather predictions.

  53. darth_vincent says:
    October 16, 2009 11:35 AM
    “and how did this vaunted, unstoppable, works everytime Miami Wildcat Offense do in the playoffs last year???? Oh they lost to the Ravens 9-27… that’s why it’s called a “gimmick”… it doesn’t work in the post-season and with the Dolphins already at 2-3 this year… we’re not going to see them use the wildcat in the playoffs this year.”
    First off, you’re an idiot. Second, you’re an idiot.
    The Ravens didn’t beat the Dolphins because they figured out the Wildcat. They beat them because they have an outstanding front seven with a ballhawking Safety while we had holes on the offensive line, a QB without and arm and no legitimate receivers to which to throw. You do realize that the wildcat ran all over the former coordinator who supposedly figured out the wildcat in the playoffs last year right? Of course you don’t, or you wouldn’t type idiot things. The 2-3 record is also not an indication
    that the league has figured out the wildcat. 2 victories this year have come as a direct result of the wildcat. The dolphins would have had 2 more if not for the defense and playcalling in the fourth quarter. You should have your comments login cancelled so we won’t have to see unfounded, unintelligent statements like this in the future.

  54. If you want to call the “Wildcat” a gimmick, be damn sure you can stop it first.
    The Jets called it a gimmick because they’re pissed they got mauled by it. And Jaworski calls it that way because he’s old-fashioned and isn’t used to seeing it in the NFL.
    Listen here, guys: If it’s gonna help you win a game, then do it. You can call it rumplestilskin or doodoo brown for all we care.

  55. It’s time to send the old horse to the glue factory. Jaws, who was once impressive with his insight, has been over-shadowed by coach Gruden. It seems like only yesterday when we saw Gruden tell Jaws what type of defensive formation was being used. I don’t recall it exactly, just what transpired, whatever it was…they disagreed and Gruden was correct.
    For whatever reason Jaws can’t come to grips with this Miami Dolphins offense. NEWSFLASH! It’s THEIR offense and it works for THEM! Miami isn’t asking everyone else to use it like they do, it’s just THEIR offense. Kind of like when Tom Brady looked mechanical in an unstoppable Patriot offense(That was the Patriot’s offense–it had a total lack of run plays but it worked for THEM)…and everyone just ooohed and awed about the boy king and they’re still drinking his Kool-Aid even though Brady has looked like a JAG(that’s Just Another Guy if you didn’t know already) lately.
    I’m not a Miami Dolphins fan at all, but I can at least acknowledge that their WILDCAT offense looks pretty badass and it works with their personnel. True, their defense needs a little tweaking, but this is year two of Tuna, INC. and there will be highs and lows this year. Next year they are poised to be something special much to my chagrin.
    Conclusion: Jaws, if you want to be more reputable please acknowledge and drink the Kool-Aid. And for Christmas please re-grow your mullet. Maybe, you’re like Samson and lost your powers when you cut your hair…just trying to help.

  56. “downsouth49er says:
    October 16, 2009 11:44 AM
    It’s like Deion Sanders said, “you can’t beat teams so you try to trick them” and that is exactly what the dolphins do. They can’t lineup and execute normal plays and this is evident when they actually do try. I hate that stupid wildcat crap, lineup and play like men.

    Wait.. Deion Sanders telling someone to lineup and play like men? The same Deion Sanders that would run out of the way when a running back would run to his side. The same Deion Sanders who stopped running when trying to steal a base and Charles Johnson got the ball to 2nd in a hurry.
    He is a fricken joke now and should just STFU.
    I’ll take that gimmicky 6+ yards per carry average that the Wildcat gives me any day of the week.
    Yes, the Ravens had an answer for it, but let’s be fair, they had an incredible defensive team full of talent.
    Didn’t their Defensive coordinater, who designed a scheme to beat it last year, just get his ass kicked this past week?
    You can’t run it as your base offense, but as an enchancement, it works great. This works because of Ronnie and Ricky. Pick your poison. Key on Ronnie and Ricky hits the corner so fast you won’t know what hit you. Key on Ricky and Ronnie will take chunks of 6 -12 yards on you.
    When you make a defense think, they lose a little bit of their agressiveness.
    The O-line is also coming off the ball well and winning the battle in the trenches.
    This will only be around for another year or two. Once Ricky is gone, I don’t expect it to be used again.

  57. I think the Wildcat is awesome because it eliminates the 11 on 10. If the QB isn’t in there you have 11 people that will test their mettle against the other 11, not just 10 since the QB won’t be involved in a standard rushing play. It’s also the ultimate team play, Ronnie gets the focus, but there starting to include so many looks that it takes away the primadonnas that are focused on how many touches they are getting. Heck, they had Pat White in there towards the end of the game. If you can contribute and be a team player you will be successful. So continue to read about people bellyaching about their contracts and the millions that they “deserve” I’ll continue to watch the Wildcat and watch the camaraderie.

  58. One more thing… If it is a gimmick, don’t you think all those “genius” defensive coordinators whould have figured out how to stop it by now? It has been used by Miami in 19 games, and only truly stuffed once.

  59. Saying the Wildcat is a gimmick because it didn’t work in the playoffs is like saying the Patriots passing game was a gimmick because it didn’t work in the Super Bowl (2007).
    In both cases, one team was physically better than the other and dominated the line of scrimmage. In 2008 the Ravens front seven was markedly superior to the Dolphins offensive front. This is an area where Miami has significantly improved in 2009.
    As for the mantra of “you can’t beat people straight up, so you have to trick them”….. these people would have fit right in with the British troops during the revolutionary war. After all, they’d fought their wars face-to-face on a battlefield prior to that.
    It doesn’t matter whether Miami is ‘good enough’ or not. The formation works for them. The people who take offense really have no reason to take offense.
    But make no mistake, Miami can run the ball out of a traditional formation this year. They are very good up front.

  60. Colts defense in Miami a couple of weeks ago also looked terrible, in fact the Miami wildcatters had the ball over 45 minutes and only lost because of a couple of endzone dropped passes. And announcers on TV noted in that game was the Colts defense appeared exhausted. BUT then the Colts defense who had only allowed 12 points in their first game of the year, then in all 3 games after the Miami game were again outstanding allowing but 36 points in all 3 games combined.
    Monday night the Jets real good defense looked the same in the equivalent including the humidity of 95 degree temperature. Monday night Jets players were cramping up and appeared exhausted as again TV commentators noted.
    So the question becomes, were the Jets and Colts’ defenses exhausted because of the wildcat? Or the heat? Or a combination of the two because the Miami players live, train and play in that environment right now and they do not?
    Dolphins now have played 3 excellent games at home, BUT they were soundly beaten in their 2 road games. So does the wildcat only work at home? Or was the weather the biggest factor those 2 nights Indy and NYJ played there?

  61. I love it. It is more effective than traditional goal line O in obvious rushing situations, and if the QB can block or catch and the wild cat can throw, you can not ignore the pass threat.
    It also forces the D to read and react and by doing that, slow down and get blocked.

  62. Jaws said “…while the Dolphins run well out of the Wildcat it is still “a gimmick and a gadget” that won’t ever help a team win a championship. ”
    I’m not sure if you can call it a gadget when the Dolphins run fairly often, but to date it has not helped win that team a championship. It might in the future, but he is right in that aspect at this time.

  63. Why does the wildcat NOT work for the Dolphins on the ROAD especially when game is NOT played in excruciating heat????

  64. Say what you want but Jaworski is right on this ONE. You can run the ball good to the cows come home but if you not getting explosive plays and not scoring TDs it useless. The only way you are going to be able to do any damange is if you have a great defense. Just look at the Indy game. First play Indy scores, right then and there that takes you out of your game plan because you know if you get down by alot against these guys the game is over very quickly.
    Yes Miami did respond but when you look at it closely you will see that Miami avg D could not hold up against a explosive offense. In the end the only way a GIMMICK like the Wildcat can hold up is if you have a defense that is able to limit the opportunities your opponents gets. Like the RAVENS 2000 D or BUCS 2002 D which both won using almost identical formats that Maimi wants to use. RUN THE BALL, PLAYACTION, PLAY SMART, STAY DISCIPLINE, HAVE A GAME MANAGER AT QB, AND A GREAT DEFENSE TO BACK HIM UP.
    Miami has all of that EXCEPT THE GREAT DEFENSE

  65. east96street says:
    October 16, 2009 1:04 PM
    Smush Rodrigez says: “I would give it to you but I have too much class down here in my city full of murderers”
    Smush, if you think taking a shot at Jaws means I’m ripping all of Philly, you need to go back on your meds. Unless he was appointed the official representative of Philadelphia and to insult him is to insult everyone that lives or has ever lived in Philly, it was just a shot at him. If he IS the Lord High Ambassador of Philadelphia, I sincerely apologize. I missed the announcement of Jaws being elevated to that high honor. I not familiar with the protocol. Are we required to kneel when he appears on the screen or just eat a cheesesteak and chug a Yuengling? I have to watch my cholesterol, so is there a way to get a waiver of the cheesesteak thing for MNF games?
    ****
    No, knucklehead… I do not care what you say about Jaws. Not at all. I think his comment is assanine. I am referring to your comments earlier this week. I think that you are using the stab at Jaws to do the old Eagles never won a championship thing…. Kinda like Vox does.

  66. I’m sick of all these teams not lining up and playing like men. Defenses playing zone and blitzing? They should play man each down and only rush 4, like real men. It’s not just the defense, what’s with these newfangled WR’s? Real men line up with 2 TE’s and a full house backfield and run up the middle every down. Forward pass you say… pfftt please! How dare these pansy coaches and players be creative and innovative, real men have no imagination.
    This argument makes about as much sense as Beowulf having sex with Robert Fulton at the first battle of Antietam.

  67. Zombie – Jaworski said it *cannot* help a team win a champsionship. That is obviously incorrect. It can.
    It won’t win a championship by itself, but no offensive formation can. You take any good team that knows how to run it, and they run it, it can help. If the Steelers or Patriots had run it in superbowls from years past, it would have been considered to “work” if they had gone on to win, right? Given that the Dolphins are (as of yet) the only team to really get it down this well, speaks nothing about the capabilities of the formation as a whole – just that only the Dolphins have dedicated as much time to it. What the Dolphins *have* proved is that if you spend enough time working on it, it can work for you.
    Frankly i don’t understand where all the doubt and hate comes from. The Fins have used it for, what, 20 games now, only being foiled once. If you could run a play that 19 times out of 20 would get you huge chunks of yardage, while at the same time making the game more exciting to watch, what is the problem? like Muck said, i’m surprised so many are so offended or irritated at the wildcat. It’s exciting. It works. Just enjoy it.

  68. you guys are just mad because all the dolphins can do is run the wildcat lmao…lets see if that gets them in the playoffs

  69. I don’t get why people call the Wildcat a gimmick. Its not like the Dolphins are hiding the ball under there jersey or something. The wildcat is a running play out of the shotgun, with a option pass time to time.
    Is the shotgun a gimick?
    Jaws should maybe try a gimmick when he calls a game because he’s awful

  70. downsouth49er – We have more yards from scrimmage out of our base offense than the wildcat. Last year we scored more TD’s and achieved more first downs from our base offense, than we did from the wildcat.
    The wildcat isn’t the only offense the dolphins have – it’s just an effective wrinkle they add to the playbook. Last year they were running it less than 7% of the time. This year they are running it more often, because it is working so well.

  71. This gimmick formation is getting my boy Ronnie Brown 100+ yards of offense a game and I can expect about a touchdown a game on top of it against one of the most difficult run schedules in the league. call it whatever the F#$%# you want to. IT WORKS!
    as for explosiveness in the offense… now that chad pennington’s noodle arm is gone and Henne is stepping in, you will see the big pass plays more often… sit back, get some popcorn, and beer of course, and enjoy some Miami Dolphin football. (i’m a fan of the NFL and this wildcat thing is bringing some fun and excitement)

  72. TheBigOldDog, you conveniently left this out…
    “…Manning made the most of his chances, helping his team come from behind four times to beat the Miami Dolphins 27-23. Manning threw touchdown passes of 80 yards to Dallas Clark and 48 yards to Pierre Garcon.” Also, “Manning hit Clark for 49 yards to set up a 15-yard scoring run by Donald Brown.” -Associated Press
    “And, somehow, they lost”?
    So what you’re saying is the success of the Wildcat is a direct correlation to the Dolphins defensive inability to stop Peyton Manning and company that night?

  73. “Dolphins now have played 3 excellent games at home, BUT they were soundly beaten in their 2 road games. So does the wildcat only work at home? Or was the weather the biggest factor those 2 nights Indy and NYJ played there?”
    Don’t know what games you were watching, but the Dolphins weren’t “soundly beaten” in any game this year, and it sure as hell wasn’t because of running the wildcat. Get a clue.

  74. downsouth49er is mad because his 49ers suck and haven’t made the playoffs in a long time. The Dolphins went to the playoffs last year while using the Wildcat. What have the 49ers proved lately? That they can be losing by ton and still showboat during a interception return? I laughed when he coughed it up.

  75. I was so surprised that I actually agreed with the football wisdom of Florio, I couldn’t believe it! Then I saw who wrote the article and now it makes sense. I agree, Josh!

  76. Smush Rodrigez says: “I think that you are using the stab at Jaws to do the old Eagles never won a championship thing”
    Truthfully, that’s not what I meant. I just find Jaws tiring now that he speaks in absolutes all the time. He used to be a pretty funny, engaging guy that would offer up some genuine insights into the game. ESPN has ruined him. I wasn’t clear that it was meant for him and him alone. My bad.

  77. He’s been beating this same drum since it came into existence. And even after seeing in person on monday he’s still beating it. He’s the reason it works so well, people like him who utterly refuse to adapt or change their way of thinking.

  78. One of the real keys to the success of Miami’s run game this year (regardless of the formation) is Jake Grove. That dude is an animal. What a phenomenal upgrade over Satele. When the pontificating starts on best free agent signings of this past off-season, that guy is near the top of the list.

  79. Ron Jaworski was getting on my dad’s nerves, my dad is a dolphins fan and the Jets come back score after Miami scores, Jaws says, that’s what championship teams do, then the Dolphins score, he doesnt say that line, in my view the wildcat is a gimmick, EXCEPT for Miami, Miami runs it and it works and it can take them to a championship.

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