Monday, October 26, 2009

The Wildcat is Roadkill: Let it Die

This is the first of 11 regular season pleadings to outlaw the Wildcat (or Spread Eagle depending on your terminology). It's not working. They're not getting the big plays so effectively they're capping themselves out at 5-7 yards per Wildcat attempt.

So why the heck would you want that with DeSean Jackson as an option?!?!

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Blogger David said...

They don't seem to commit to it. When they get their faster guys on the edge, i think it can work. That play with Jackson running around end where Herremans kicked out and blew up the LB looked sweet. Vick also had a nice run. They tend to do stupid things with it, like snap to a runner at QB for a dive or running wide to the short side of the field. Either commit or move on. Shit or de-pot in layman's terms.

Bumble

11:58 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not writing this to be funny or to disrespect the game of choice on this blog.

This is a simple, true story.

I'm a complete insomniac. I rarely sleep, and I'm rarely tired. Last night, I fell asleep on the couch during the third quarter. My wife had to wake me up and wondered if I was ill or something. I think it was the subliminal counting of sheep. One, Two, Three, Punt. I don't remember the last time I've fallen asleep watching television. It just never happens.

I still love professional football. I still care passionately about the Eagles.

But at some point the NFL has to address how boring the product has become. Does the league ever allow more than 5 plays before cutting to commercials? Ever?

Am I alone? The product seemed WAY better five years ago.

And, yes, pull the damn plug on the wildcat. Why the hell would you wet-blanket whatever cohesion 5can put together? Why do you jump out to a quick lead and then stiffle two consecutive drives by inserting an absurd gimmick? Why do you take the queen off the board when check mate is in reach?

What happens when the Eagles start to play good teams? will they take more penalties? Will they have more three-and-outs?

It could get ugly when the Giants come to town off two straight losses.

Ed Wade

8:09 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And finally, just this stupid question...

Why don't the Eagles figure out how to get the football to DeSean Jackson in "space" (thinking of you TMG) whenever possible? Call it the wild dog offense or something equally catchy and be a genious that way...

Ed

8:20 PM EDT  
Blogger The Happy Apologist said...

Bumble, DeSean's big run was on a straight end around. About as bread and butter a "trick" play as there is.

It's not a matter of the Eagles "committing" to the Wildcat. It's that they don't run it well. They aren't able to bust the big play out of the formation so there's no 50-70 yard play to pull up the average of all the 1-3 yard plays.

I say kill it because it never works. Not because it breaks up any rhythm. Not because 5 could get hurt playing on the edge. Kill it because they're not getting any yards out of it.

8:39 PM EDT  
Blogger David said...

It was a Wildcat end around buddy. They had the 2 backs (QB being one) in the shotgun. He fakes to the RB, drawing the undisciplined DE in and then pitches to the WR on the end around. The end around you speak of has an RB run a wide toss to hand off to the end running back the other way.

I'm not saying this to be a smart ass, I'm saying it because it was the first time they actually ran a wildcat play that moved the ball up the field AND got the ball into the hands of their best athlete. Give me a bunch of wildcats like that.

Wildcat won't work for them and should be scrapped for 2 reasons

1. Mc5 always pouts when they go to it. If he's on the field, he half asses thus leaving them with 10 on 11. He clearly has never wanted this and he never hides that disdain.

2. They still haven't established any running threat. the past few weeks they got some nice traction on the ground. So what do they do? They throw it. Until they legitimize themselves as a running threat, they won't be able to take advantage of the Cat.

Was anyone else wondering aloud why Reid is such a poor in game coach? Case in point. 4 minutes left, up by 17, ball on your own 8. What does the smart football coach do? He runs 3 dives, forces the other team to burn their time outs, then punts and plays defense. What does Reid do? Run once, two lousy pass plays, 30 seconds and 1 time out off the clock. It's stupid crap like that which just kills me. Why does he always have to be so damned precious with this offense. It's OK to smash it out and be boring. Had he done that vs. the worst, absolute worst run defense in the league 2 weeks ago, this team is 5-1. I swear he loses them more games than he wins them.

Bumble

8:50 PM EDT  

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