Vikings Mix in Some Wildcat at Minicamp


The Star-Trib’s Judd Zulgad giddily reports that the Vikings have been mixing some Wildcat plays in with the rest of the stuff they’re working on at minicamp:

On Saturday, the Vikings experimented with using the “Wildcat” offense, lining up [Percy] Harvin at quarterback at times.  Running back Chester Taylor and wide receiver Darius Reynaud also are getting looks in a formation that became popular last season around the NFL after the Miami Dolphins started to use it.

Harvin has been put forth by some as an ideal Wildcat player, a guy who can line up at multiple positions and has the moves to make tacklers miss in the open field.  And, as Zulgad points out, having to deal with Adrian Peterson in the unconventional offense could create “nightmares” for defensive coordinators.  My only question is:  has anyone run this Wildcat stuff by Brett Favre yet?  What happens if he doesn’t like it?  We know how sensitive he is.  He might even decide not to come back, if he finds out he doesn’t get to be quarterback on every play.

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  • Mike

    I’m more worried about what Grumpy Old Fran will say.  Hopefully, he won’t ever find out since he doesn’t watch any games. 

  • nickmx50

    If Farve lines up wide in a Wildcat don’t be surprised to see him get open and call for the ball.   I’ve seen something similar done with him and i could suspect he’s not a top coverage priority.

  • Mike

    Could someone please explain to me why the Vikings would run the wildcat.  The Miami Dolphins used it because they don’t have playmakers outside at the wide receiver position.  But the Vikings do.  Can Percy Harvin or Peterson throw the ball like Ronnie Brown to get the defenders out of the box?  Even so, the Ravens stopped it in the playoffs by crowding the line and effectively blitzing.  The Dolphins drafted Pat White for the Wildcat.  So maybe the Vikings could use T-Jack with Harvin.  But how could that be better than T-Jack and Peterson?  In addition, the Saints that don’t use the formation with Reggie Bush, who is very similar to Harvin.  I don’t get it.

  • Jim

    Why would Favre not go to the Vikings because of the wildcat?  They ran it a few times last year in New York.

    Defending team even gave Favre a cheap shot hit when he lined up as WR.

  • Mike

    Jim, Danzinski the Franidian uses every opportunity he can to take a cheap shot at Favre.

  • Jim

    Yeah Mike, I’m starting to see that.

  • Jim

    The funny thing is you would think someone that runs a blog would have known that Favre his been a part of the wildcat offense, before trying to deliver that weak cheap shot.

  • Mike

    But if he knew anything about Favre, he would want him on the Vikings.

  • All Day 28

    Nfl.com is reporting that Favre is going to make a decsion on Monday if he is going to return or not. Lets see if this is true or just another smoke screen till he puts on the Purple

  • Mike

    That is just Peter King guessing.

  • Mike

    Here we are Monday and still no word from Favre or the Vikings.  Peter King is now saying “I have nothing new to report on those column favorites, Brett Favre and Mike Vick.”  Like I said “That is just Peter King guessing.”