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Jason Brewer

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It's interesting that The League is talking Wildcat this week because I think I came to a realization about it this weekend. At least in the way the Eagles run it.

It's just a running play. At its' core, the wildcat is little more than that. A running play that bypasses the step of having the center give the ball to the QB so he can then turn around and hand it to the back. That's essentially all the Wildcat has been for the Eagles. It's not really exotic, or confusing. When teams line up in the wildcat, they're telling you that they're going to run the ball and daring you to stop it. That's why I don't really see it as "gimmicky" anymore. It's not a trick play designed to catch the defense off guard and gain huge yardage. It's designed to grind out yards on the ground, 5 yards at a time, one first down at a time.

Obviously Michael Vick running the offense could add some different dimensions to it, but so far even with Vick it's been about running the ball. Of the 11 times he was on the field in the Wildcat on Sunday, Vick ran the ball once and handed off 8 times. In the preseason, most of his "throws" were actually just shovel passes or glorified handoffs.

So while I wouldn't go so far as to say it will revolutionize the game, I don't think the wildcat is going away anytime soon. In fact, I'm guessing most teams will run some version of it by the end of the year. It's an efficient way to run the ball, which is something all teams are looking for.

By Jason Brewer  |  September 30, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  | Category:  Michael Vick , Philadelphia Eagles Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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