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Taming the Wildcat
SI.com's Andrew Perloff examines the much-hyped Wildcat offense and why, after last season's splash, it has had such limited success in the NFL this year:
This was supposed to be the season the Wildcat evolved to the next level and swept through the NFL. A year after the Dolphins used it to surprising success, coaches from coast to coast were expected to implement it as a game-changer, to keep defenses off balance and grab big chunks of yardage. It hasn't happened. If anything, the Wildcat revolution is stuck in neutral. Philadelphia created buzz in the off-season by signing Michael Vick (left), ostensibly to run the Wildcat. Through Week 11 he has 13 carries for 61 yards and had completed just 3 of 8 passes for six yards. The Eagles are one of several NFL teams who've tried the alignment (loosely defined as a direct snap to a player other than the quarterback), but none have had as much success as the Dolphins. And the fact that Miami has now lost Ronnie Brown (above) for the season with a foot injury is another setback; Brown was Miami's best Wildcat weapon.