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Just Another Fad

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The Wildcat offense and formation will wind up being just another short lived fad in the NFL. It is simply the modern day version of other gimmicks and tricks implemented by teams with inept offenses.

Anyone remember the "Run and Shoot" offense? The Houston Oilers had some success with it until when it counted -- during the playoffs. As for the Detroit Lions; not so much. Teams using the Wildcat are basically admitting a weakness about their team. The use of the design is saying that either we cannot move the ball with a normal offensive strategy or we do not have the man power to come at you and beat you so we need to deceive you in hopes of breaking a play.

Case in point is the Miami Dolphins and The Philadelphia Eagles. The Dolphins started the craze last year by surprising The New England Patriots and upsetting them for the win. With a passing game that cannot throw the ball more than 10 yards down the field, and a questionable running attack at best, the Dolphins are desperate to keep the high powered offenses of their opponents off the field with gimmicks, tricks, smoke, and mirrors.

The Philadelphia Eagles
are basically saying they have no confidence in their running attack led by the aging and injured Brian Westbrook and an offensive line that has been shuffled and reshuffled almost every week since letting OTs Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan walk during the off-season.

Sooner or later, NFL defenses will catch up to any sophisticated Wildcat play-calling and put the it into retirement. It's not here to stay and will wind up being something mentioned once in a while during an NFL Films documentary. NFL games are won by being physical, smart play calling, and out playing your opponent for 60 minutes and not by an offensive philosophy that one could draw up on the playground or on a video game.

By David Hill  |  September 30, 2009; 9:22 AM ET  | Category:  Miami Dolphins , Philadelphia Eagles Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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