New York Jets Should Avoid Using Wildcat Again This Season

By Vinny Lanni
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Sometimes too much of a good thing could be a bad thing if you are the New York Jets. Now that Michael Vick is on the roster, the penny-pinching Jets would hate to waste the $5 million contract that they gave him in the preseason, so there may be talk of – I’m afraid to say it – the Wildcat.

The Wildcat is only effective if you use it in the NCAA or if you want to confuse a defense on one or two plays every few weeks or so during the regular season. When was the last time you have seen the Wildcat used to success in the NFL Playoffs? Exactly my point.

When the formation is aligned, it usually takes the starting QB off the field and puts a wildcard player, or in the Jets’ case, another QB under center. A lot of NFL teams stay away from the Wildcat because it disrupts the rhythm of an offense trying to work together. If you take your starting quarterback off the field, it can mess with his timing.

Let’s say Geno Smith picks up a first down and his offense is moving down field, but all of a sudden the Jets call for the Wildcat and Vick comes in the game, it just doesn’t make sense to stop your teams positive momentum. What if Vick comes in and runs for 50 yard on the Wildcat play? Should he stay in? It’s a question that does not need to be answered.

About two years ago the Jets had a player named Tim Tebow and it tried out the Wildcat with him. All that ensued from the experiment was a big mess and controversy every single week. The Jets don’t need any more publicity, and the constant switch between quarterbacks on and off the field does just that. Old OC Tony Sparano was supposed to be the “mastermind” behind the Wildcat and even he couldn’t get in up and running during his time with the Jets.

If the team wants to win, it needs to have one quarterback and not two. I don’t see the Denver Broncos taking Peyton Manning off the field to try silly gimmicks and neither should the Jets, granted they don’t have Manning, but you get the point.

The New York Jets’ front office should stay far away from the Wildcat this season because it is only a recipe for disaster. A trick play here and there I don’t mind, but a constant implement of the Wildcat is a lose-lose situation for everyone involved.

Vinny Lanni is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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