For some reason, most teams feel the Wildcat offense gives them an edge over opponents. It’s a weird type of offense that depends on Tom Foolery to throw defenses into a confused state to guess if it’s a run, pass or bootleg run to the side to throw down the field for a big play. Teams depend on multi-talented players who can receive the ball as well as toss an accurate or deep pass to throw everyone off. Some teams were able to make it be successful while the majority take a loss of yards the moment it’s executed. Needless to say, the New York Jets haven’t really had much luck with it in the past since — honestly, they’re not a Wildcat kind of team.
The Jets for quite some time have been known as a ground-and-pound kind of football team. It’s traditional and successful since they have the right offensive line and have had a decent carousel of running backs to deploy it. They run in various different ways possible in order to get good yardage, have plenty of possession time and, of course, score touchdowns. Unfortunately, though, for whatever reason, the Jets feel they can “mix things up” by throwing in Wildcat formations to see if a big play can be executed. It hasn’t worked in quite some time and they should stay far away from it because it’s starting to fade away from most offensive playbooks.
If we learned anything from the NFL, it’s that defense wins championship. Certainly the Seattle Seahawks and other high-quality defensive teams won’t fall victim to the Jets’ version of the Wildcat formation. Let’s face it, it’s not going to work since the Jets don’t have the speedy, hybrid type of players to pull it off successfully. Each year, defenses across the league are only getting smarter, stronger and developing more instincts to completely derail offensive plays. If anything, the Wildcat formation shouldn’t even be in the Jets’ offensive playbook since it would be much more beneficial if they stuck to what works.
It’s been stated that since the Jets have Chris Johnson and at some point might possibly have Michael Vick starting at quarterback, they will actually use more Wildcat formations. In this scenario, it would be ill-advised since Vick is injury-prone and Johnson hasn’t done so in the past; not to mention, running these kind of plays are just asking for something bad to happen. The football world will see what the Jets have up their sleeves offensively in just a few months, but hopefully it won’t involve the gimmicky kind of nonsense the Wildcat formation brings. The Jets are better than that and should just stick to using what works best — running the football from normal formations.