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Shawn Zobel
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Shawn Zobel

The founder and editor of Draft

Not Quite a Revolution


In 2008, the Wildcat offense took the NFL by storm. Many college football fans were aware of its existence, since the Arkansas Razorbacks made the formation famous when they had Darren McFadden, Felix Jones, and Peyton Hillis, all three now NFL running backs.

Over the years, the West Coast offense, the option, and the traditional spread offense have all revolutionized the game of football one way or another. The West Coast offense is likely the greatest, it's still being used by a number of teams in the league, even after its originator, Bill Walsh, has passed away.

The Wildcat offense has the makings of revolutionizing the sport, considering most pro and college teams currently now have some sort of variation of the offense in their playbook. However, the offense as a whole has not had enough of an impact in the game to say that it could rival the West Coast offense. The Wildcat also isn't a complete offense, like the West Coast is. It supplements a regular, more traditional, offense. That alone means that it couldn't have the type of impact that the West Coast offense has had. However, if we're looking at the Wildcat as being a supplement to, let's say the West Coast, then the Wildcat offense could develop into being one of the top supplement offenses that has revolutionized the game. For example, the option can supplement a spread offense.

With the Wildcat, teams have more flexibility and more ways to try and get the ball into their playmakers hands. Until defenses begin to figure out how to stop it, or if they ever do, then we can continue to say that the Wildcat has the making of revolutionizing the game of football.

By Shawn Zobel  |  September 30, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  | Category:  Miami Dolphins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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