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Rob Rang

Senior Analyst for NFLDraftScout.com and CBSSports.com

Wildcat No WCO, but no gimmick either

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The basic idea -- putting the ball in the hands of the team's most versatile playmaker and forcing defenses to maintain strict gap control -- is as fundamental as any element of the game.

The Wildcat offense, technically, is a gimmick -- at least as it is defined by Dictionary.com. It is "an ingenious or novel device, scheme, or stratagem, especially one designed to attract attention or increase appeal." The problem with the term "gimmick," of course, is that it implies that it will rise in popularity for a few months, only to fade into the distance soon.

In reality, the Wildcat offense has proven itself to be a valuable new addition to many NFL offenses. Teams based out of every offense in the league have successfully added it already this season, with the expectation of scouts, coaches and league executives I've spoken to across the league that every team will eventually utilize some components of the scheme.

I've spoken to scouts across the league already looking towards next year's draft for players with the versatility to play in the Wildcat or similar schemes. Michael Vick, the supposedly "perfect Wildcat player" may have some competition next year with Tim Tebow coming down the pike.

By Rob Rang  |  September 30, 2009; 11:24 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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