Do not feed the wildcat

by - April 3, 2009 - Posted in Offseason

Jerry Jones has recently hinted that he’d like to have a third quarterback in the Cowboys arsenal.

It might not be a traditional quarterback, though. With the Wildcat offense becoming more popular in the NFL, the Cowboys could dip their toe into that pool in 2009.

“We may want to do some things in our offense this year with a third quarterback,” Jones said. “That’s something other than be there as a backup to the second quarterback and be there in case you lose all the quarterbacks. … We could hopefully find a quarterback with a set of skills that we could put some packages in for.”

Never mind that Owner Jones is yet again speaking out on things that should probably be handled by Wade. What should concern us is trying to figure out who Jerry has in mind for this third quarterback slot.

One name curiously tossed around is Michael Vick (definitely not a traditional quarterback).  There’s also been mention of trying Cowboy’s receiver Isaiah Stanback in the spot (who played quarterback in college).

What do you think? First, should Jerry even be tinkering with such an offensive scheme? Second, if they do go this route, who could conceivably fill the role?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.


5 Responses to Do not feed the wildcat

Luis

April 3rd, 2009 at 9:10 am

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The Cowboys definitely have the personnel in the backfield to pull it off. That stable of running backs could do some major damage with that extra element back there. It's still a bad idea, though. This is Jerry's Quincy Carter, Part Deux. Remember when Carter was drafted, athletic quarterbacks were all the rage with Steve McNair, Donovan McNabb and Daunte Culpepper making noise. So Jerry just HAD to have himself a quarterback who could scramble out of the pocket. Thus, the disaster that was the Quincy Carter experiment, was born.

Now, if Stanback can pull it off, then it probably wouldn't hurt to try it out in camp and preseason. But going out and getting someone, specifically for this role, is a very, VERY bad idea. Especially if that someone is Michael Vick. That would show ZERO growth by GM Jerry. It would actually be a rather significant regression.

This is just another example of the failings of GM Jerry. Rather than trying to fix what's wrong with the team, he's doing his media attention whore act again. That's all this is, a headline grab. Installing the wildcat to the Cowboys offense won't make a bit of difference next season. But it'll get people talking. Mission: Accomplished.

Mike

April 3rd, 2009 at 9:36 am

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The problem with Jerry is that he's not an original thinker football-wise. The so-called Wlidcat worked well last year because it was novel. For the Dolphins it was more out of necessity than anything. Now here comes Jerry, wanting to copy what's already been done (and done, ironically, by a team employing 3 former Cowboys honchos). You think defenses haven't been working on a solution for this formation in the off-season? My prediction is that Jerry will jump on this bandwagon just in time for it to come to a screetching halt leaving the Cowboys with a wasted draft pick on a QB not suited for traditional NFL football.

Luis

April 3rd, 2009 at 12:36 pm

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You're definitely right about that. The only reason it really works in college football is because defenses lack the overall athleticism to stop it. That's not the case in the NFL. So, in the long-run, the Wildcat will have as much long-term success in the NFL as the Fun & Gun did.

Sorry, couldn't resist the opportunity to poke some fun at little Danny Snyder.

Banx

April 28th, 2009 at 10:00 am

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Ooo…here's an idea, how about they try to get back to the play offs, maybe “show up” and win a game or two in December, and if hell hasen't completely iced over…dare I say win a @#$! play off game…oh wait 500 men could coach this team, but we need 3 to play quarterback…or a wide out…a coach…a REAL GM…you know what forget, just sell the team on Craigs list. (open mouth insert gun)

Banx

April 28th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

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Ooo…here's an idea, how about they try to get back to the play offs, maybe “show up” and win a game or two in December, and if hell hasen't completely iced over…dare I say win a @#$! play off game…oh wait 500 men could coach this team, but we need 3 to play quarterback…or a wide out…a coach…a REAL GM…you know what forget, just sell the team on Craigs list. (open mouth insert gun)