Great win today, behind enemy lines. Henne looked very solid, and Mike Nolan’s defense was strong yet again. The SoFlo Sea Mammals rumbled for 186 yards and held the ball for almost 42 minutes. But amid the high-fives and smiles, one question remained in our minds: What is the Wildcat doing for us these days?
The Bottlenose felt our offensive flow was disrupted when we ran it. We blew at least one time out during personnel confusion caused by it. At least once it yanked Henne right out of a serious zone. But above all, it was nowhere near as productive as running from our normal formation.
The numbers don’t lie. 12 Wildcat plays, for a grand total of 34 yards. Just about 2.8 a carry. Our non-Wildcat running plays went for more than 4 yards a touch. So, if the Wildcat is earning fewer yards, knocking Henne off his game, wreaking havoc in the substitution department, and costing us time outs, why are we still running it?
Don’t get us wrong, it’s nice for defensive coordinators to have to prep for our Wildcat formation, but we’re not convinced that it should be run more than a couple of times a game, especially when it takes the ball away from our hottest hand.
Henne looked pretty good out there. He forced one that he should have thrown away, no doubt. But 300 yards and 2 TDs without our stud wideout even on the flight to Oaktown? Let’s leave the kid under center. Especially since it makes our running game better too.