The Wildcat: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Oct. 14, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Brad Smith (16) runs the ball during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bills defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

In the past couple of years I’ve been one of the biggest critics of the Bills use of the wildcat. Many times the plays have been clunky, and few last season would say that Brad Smith really lived up to expectations. This season the wildcat has been a bit more successful, but at this point is it worth all the trouble?

Brad Smith got two carries this week, one of which a successful 16 yard run. Overall this season Smith has run for 65 yards, an average of 9.3 yards per carry. When he holds onto the ball, it usually gets at least a few yards.

C.J. Spiller has gotten a few good runs from the wildcat as well, but it may not be the best way to use him. Spiller has been most successful running north to south. Gailey’s play calling at some points appears to be absolutely wrong, with the Bills losing yards on their wildcat plays.

This weekend we also saw the downfall of the wildcat, the fact that Brad Smith cannot throw. That isn’t really a huge issue in itself. The issue is that the Bills think that he can. Their is no surprise if the defense knows that the team is going to run. Overall for most defenses the mystery of the wildcat is over with. The team is a few years late.

What do you think about the state of the Wildcat? Is its time to shine over, or is it still successful? Make sure to comment below!

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