Ricky Williams: "Wildcat is dead"

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  1. kastofsna

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    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/danpatrick/blog/81821/index.html?eref=si_nfl
    Ricky's spot on here, folks. the formation isn't a gimmick anymore than a play-action pass is. it's just part of the Dolphins' offense and it's here to stay. :specnatz: :smiliedance:
     
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    Then they will rename it "the Zone Blocking Scheme".
     
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    I dont know if defenses can fully stop it. The dolphins run it so much that they gash defenses for 4 or 5 yards a pop.

    If a team uses it as its primary offense like the dolphins and not just as a gimmick it can work and work well.
     
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    well, until that happens....
     
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    The Ravens shut it down twice last season.
     
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    Watch what Cincinnati does with zone blocking.

    The Wildcat will die, when Chad Hiene goes to the hospital.
     
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    it's a lot different this season.
     


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    I saw it in person. I don't understand how defenses can't stop it, it seems so simple. Miami's OC is pretty good.
     
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    it's simple, but you still have to deal with a great offensive line and two great runningbacks, in addition to the play-action going on.

    the '95 Cornhuskers didn't do anything too crazy, either. still destroyed everyone.
     
  11. Vinny

    Vinny shiny happy fan Staff Member

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    They need to just rename it. I'll call it the veer-boneski. Kinda the veer, kinda the bone, but not really either. The Shamwow offense has a nice ring to it.
     
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    texanmojo Shotgun 30 Time

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    And that is exactly what they used to say about the run-and-shoot. Guess what...they figured out how to defend it.

    Don't worry...more and more teams will figure it out.
     
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    Damnit mojo!!

    I think the mojmeister reads my thoughts. :thinking:
     
  14. DiehardChris

    DiehardChris You betcha!

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    So, let's review.

    The Wildcat is dead, because it's a huge part of the Dolphins offense.

    The I-formation doesn't have a name... except that it's the I-formation.

    Is Ricky hitting the bong again?

    Also - the Dolphins are 2-3 just like the Texans. Who gives a rat's ass what it's called as long as it works and makes you a winner?

    Which it hasn't, to this point.
     
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    same with the west coast offense.
     
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    Showtime100 Got AJ?

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    The wildcat still has diapers on while the west coast offense is old enough to drink. I think we can hold off on that comparison until, say, 2029.
     
  17. gg no re

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    IMO I think as the novelty of the wildcat wears off, it'll just be another formation.

    After all, wildcat is pretty much the shotgun, except it comes with a run-oriented playbook that accompanies it.
     
  18. mancunian

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    And remember the Bears with the 46 defence - they said that no offence could doing anything against it.....umm there's a reason why its not seen as often now
     
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    yeah, the big difference between the run and shoot or the 46 or anything is those aren't just formations, those are entire playbooks. the wildcat is just a formation.

    and it's not a gimmick. a gimmick is some surprise that the other team doesn't expect. EVERYONE knows the wildcat is coming. but, they've had a lot of trouble stopping it. why? because you have Jake Grove, Jake Long, Justin Smiley, Vernon Carey and Donald Thomas throwing you around, and Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams running the ball straight at you. there's very little "trick" to this "gimmick." the majority of the plays are just Ronnie Brown faking the handoff to Ricky Williams and running up the middle.

    regardless, i'm not sure why people act so negatively to it. it's a very old school play, and fun as hell to watch.
     
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    I think the worst thing to happen for the rest of the Dolphins' opponents
    was Pennington getting hurt. Chad Henne has a cannon arm, and
    that Wildcat formation really wears a defense out over 4 quarters.
    It's gonna be interesting to see how the next team the Dolphins lose
    to beat them.
     

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