Wildcat Coming?


Now that we have Percy Harvin in the fold – pending any activity that might cause him to be suspended before his career even gets off the ground – the next logical question is:  does this mean the Vikings plan on mixing in the Wildcat?  On the surface, at least, Harvin would seem an ideal Wildcat player: he’s speedy and shifty, and showed in college that he can split wide and line up in the backfield.  Some might say it would be a waste of his talent not to use him in the Wildcat.  And indeed, at least one guy on the Vikings staff, receivers coach George Stewart, has gone on record saying Harvin and the Wildcat seem made for each other.  The Star-Trib reports:

“[Harvin] does some things that we haven’t had here,” Stewart said. “From an explosive standpoint, you talk about the ‘Wildcat’ situation. So many things you can do with Percy Harvin athletically that we don’t have here. You talk about what Randy Moss brought to this football team years ago. True speed, an ability to make plays. This kid is going to make plays for us.”

So can Stewart foresee the Wildcat being worked into the Vikings offense? “I would sure hope so,” he said. “With his flexibility. … There are some options we can do with this young man that gives us a chance to be successful.”

Unfortunately, George Stewart is not the offensive coordinator nor the head coach.  Whether the Wildcat sees the light of day in Minnesota is up to Brad Childress and Darrell Bevell – in other words, Childress – and we know how stubborn that particular offensive brain-trust has been in the past.  Then again, why gamble on Harvin at all if you don’t mean to make use of his special talents?  You don’t draft Randy Moss and then not bomb it down the field.

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  • http://thevikingage.com/2009/04/27/wildcat-coming/ curtis remas

    percy harvin on the vikings with adrian peterson i am so excited to watch football again. i noticed the vikings like to draft from the south i guess thats where the best talent is right now. but if the qb dont work out this year i say try to get tim tebow next season to come in and play early because he has good chemistry with percy harvin.  but yeah i do beleave the wild cat will be ran this season with percey and ap. they can put ap at qb for the wild cat and have pecy in the back feild it dont matter or you can have percy at qb and ap in the back field for the wild cat. i also like the pick asher allen i think he will deff earn some playing time early this season.

  • jeege

    Lets just be honest here for  a second. I know Mike has been half joking, half serious about this for months now…but from where I sit this could be an actual thing that could happen for us.

    We have one truly large question mark on this team: Quarterback

    There is only one sure bet available in this country at that position and oh yeah, he’s a hall of famer: Brett Favre

    There are two problems here. He’s retired and he belongs to the Jets.

    If he gets the itch…and if he un-retires…the Jets can no longer afford him per their drafting of Mark Sanchez and a cap that is already full to the britches.

    We could be looking at an all time coup for the Vikes here…