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I agree it is here to stay and will be implemented by more teams this season and probably beyond. It won't be as a full time, base offense by any means, but it can be effective.
My thoughts on it are this: teams with stud QBs will not use it. There's just no sense in taking the ball out of a great QB's hands and asking a RB to make the correct decision, then make a good throw in passing situations. I love Kevin Faulk but I'm all set with him behind center while Brady lines up outside.
Agreed on this. No team with a franchise QB will run the Wildcat. It's basically a formation to try and level the playing field for less talented teams.
Yes, the wildcat requires a few players with certain skill sets. You need guys who can master multiple talents (passing, catching, rushing) to run it at it's maximum effectiveness.
Since prototypical pocket passers like Peyton Manning are so valuable and generally only possess the throwing skill set, it's unlikely that any coach is willing to risk the health of these QB's to have them go out and catch a pass and possibly get injured.
however, if you wanted to build an offensive playbook that used not only the wildcat, but other QB-option / run first type formations, then it's possible a guy like pat White could run that type of offense.
The reason why I doubt the Dolphins, or anyone for that matter, try this scheme is because it's too risky.
1) If Pat White (or any QB that a franchise tries this with) fails then you just spent 2-3 years building an offense that doesn't work. No body wants to be the team that takes that risk to build an offense that may or may not work.
2) I remember reading an article on Michael Vick and the person being interviewed (I don't remember who now) said, "Every time he left the pocket everyone on the sidelines held their breath" for fear of him getting injured. Vick had a unique skill set, as well as Pat White, and if you build an offense around him then your team lives and dies by his health because there aren't enough QB's built in that mold.
3) You basically take a job away from your current reliable pocket passer. if the Dolphins completely changed their offense, then Pennington doesn't help your team at all.
The crazy thing is that the Wildcat is not new..Jets used it in '06...I'm sure the Chargers have used it with Tomlinson/Brees and maybe even Tomlinson/Rivers...theres no real way to stop it but to have a D that is ready to react to it...hell I think we used it back with Martin/Jordan/Pennington...
It's funny how everyone is saying that their teams were the ones that came up with it...nobody cared about it until Arkansas got on a winning streak with it 3 years ago, then everyone blew a load when it came to the NFL. It's a fad that will pass as teams figure it out.
It worked really awesome for Miami that one game against New England, but other than that it was just a good wrinkle at best in an offense. I think ESPN and the fans are blowing it up to be a crazy good idea because a lot of teams have been copy-catting the Dolphins and throwing that wrinkle into their offense. Josh Cribbs ran it, he can throw (QB at Kent State), not much more effective than if you have a RB. I don't think it'll die like a fad, but I do think that the hype around it will. I don't think the success of that formation will increase anymore than it has with defensive coaches figuring out ways to stop it. Heck last year in the 2nd meeting of MIA/NE Ronnie Brown didn't do crap.