Originally posted by kray28:
Originally posted by chucksteak49:
i've never been a fan of the wildcat.
sure it worked last year...
...but that was last year.
The problem is not the Wildcat, it's a combination of the personnel used and poor execution.
Did anybody watch the Indy-Miami game last night, or the Eagles' version of the Wildcat from their Sunday game against NO? That's how you run the Wildcat.....with competent players and tight execution. Miami ran the Wildcat brilliantly...it was a beautiful to watch. The Colt defense was listless, flustered and worn out all night long....they just couldn't slow down the grind. It was the ultimate in Tuna possession ball.
I don't think the Niners practice it enough for one, and the other, I don't think the OC understands the central philosophy behind it.
Ask the Dolphins why they opted to run the Wildcat in the first place? The answer was given in last night's game.....they wanted to field a formation which put their best talent on the field at one time. Their best talent are their RB tandem of Brown and Williams....the Wildcat allows both on them on the field at the same time.....it also drastically reduces the time for the runner to hit the whole by often taking the sow developing QB handoff out of the equation....it makes the RB the QB and he can pick his whole right off the snap or choose another option behind the line. Imagine a decent mobile passing QB running the Wildcat....the possibilities are endless. This is straight up Battle's (or even MRob's) alley really. But the coaching staff exhibits a poor understanding of the talent at their disposal....opting instead to put it all in the hands of an unproven player like Spurlock.
Kray28, you are spot on, dude. Any team that wants to play ball-control offense, and run the ball the majority of the time, should have a Wildcat (Taser) personel package in their offense. Did you notice how Gruden (or maybe it was Jaworski) noted how the Wildcat formation and personel package gets you an extra blocker for running the ball? That's a huge weapon for these 8-in-the-box defenses.
And it is all about getting your best players on the field. I want to see Robinson as the trigger man for the Taser. The guy knows how to make good decisions and how to lay out tacklers. Spurlock is just this year's Taylor Jacobs, a guy who got reps and did OK in TC, only due to injuries to others. Raye couldn't use Robinson, when they installed the Taser, because Robinson wasstill suffering from a groin pull, incurred in Singletary's stupid nutcracker drill. The fact the Spurlock is still running the Taser is a residue of that nutcracker bulls***, which also sidelined Willis, Baas, Brown and others.
Spurlock was let go by Tampa Bay! He can't catch the snap. He can't hit an open receiver. He can't run over anyone. He is not "one of the best players" that you want to get on the field. He is not even one of the best 53 players. Send Spurlock to the inactive list, until Crabtree signs, and get Jason Hill back on the field as a gunner on the punt return team and for spot duty as a WR.
Give me Robinson, Coffee and Norris in the Taser backfield. Thank you!