The Wildcat was supposed to be new wrinkle that took the Vikings offense to previously unknown levels of kick-assness.
Fans may have noticed, however, that the Vikes didn’t run a single play out of the Wildcat formation against the Browns.
So what gives? Is the Wildcat on ice or is Brad Childress just waiting for the right moment to unveil it?
In his Thursday press conference, Chilly seemed to indicate that the Wildcat has indeed been put on the shelf for the time being.
“It’s something we just played around with in the offseason, that’s all,” the Chillster explained. “We’re a lot better right now doing what we do most of the time and taking one more turn at that. That’s kind of how we’re looking at it.”
Reporters then asked Chilly the obvious question: Did the decision to put aside the Wildcat have anything to do with Brett Favre‘s crackback block in the Texans preseason game?
“No,” Chilly said with a grin, “we’ve got that corrected.”
Oh yeah, they’ve corrected Favre’s bad blocking technique – by throwing out all the plays that might’ve required him to block.
I’m not saying we won’t see the Wildcat again this year. I’m saying, if we do see it, it will be because Brett is out and Tarvaris Jackson is in.
And personally I think shelving the Wildcat is the right option. Let Percy Harvin, our supposed Wildcat specialist, catch passes from Brett and make people miss and score touchdowns. Let Adrian The Lizard King run over people. Leave the gimmicks to the teams that need them.