Raw Phish - Written by Jeff Hyde | Twitter: @Jeff__Hyde
I understand the word “Wildcat” alone makes some NFL fans cringe. I get it, it’s looked at as a gimmick offense -- a one time deal that once took the league by storm but has since flamed out.
But hear me out on this one.The Wildcat offense might be looked at as a gimmick to some, but there is a legitimate football argument for it and here’s how it works.
In a normal football formation, the defense has the upperhand in the running game. When using a traditional quarterback under center, the defense always has an 11 - 10 advantage in regards to personnel when running the football. By using a running back under center, the Wildcat evens the playing field by giving the offense an extra blocker to work with. And though some teams prefer to keep the regular quarterback on the field split out as a wide receiver, the offense could, and should, remove the quarterback completely and add another lineman or tight end on the offensive line to create an unbalanced look.
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