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Defense will need new Manual to stop Fins

Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by Samphin, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. Samphin

    Samphin Κακό σκυλί ψόφο δεν έχει

    ESPN - Defenses will need new manual to stop Fins - AFC East

    Great article which gives some history into the Wildcat formation and what we can expect going forward with it. I happen to agree that it will be less successful going forward.
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  2. ascii

    ascii People Watcher

    Nov 27, 2007
    Etters, Pa

    It's like the backup quarterback coming in. There's no film and preparation for him so the possibility of success increases. Now if they mixed this in with some other gadget plays/formations then we'd be talking. :up:
  3. alen1

    alen1 New Member

    Dec 16, 2007
    Really good read. Thanks.

    I don't know if it would work every week. It was used by the '47 Steelers as the article says and they won 2/3rds of their games. It has proved to be successful according to that statistic but that was six decades ago. I expect us to lineup Ginn (as Gish said) and others, possibly Bess, in the single-wing formation and use it sporadically as I don't see it working on a weekly-basis.
  4. Bumrush

    Bumrush Stable Genius Club Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    Unless your backup QB happens to Ray Lucas (collective gasp), John Beck (collective gasp) or Cleo Lemon :D

    The success rate has a lot do with the talent on the field... NFL teams will be ready for these formations, the question is do we have the talent and the ability to execute even when the opponent knows this is coming, and have prepared for it?
  5. plc001

    plc001 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    Did anybody else notice this:

    "Tailback Johnny Clement led the 8-4 Steelers to the playoffs with 1,004 passing yards and 670 rushing yards."

    That's a lot of passing yards for a running back.... at 20 yards a pass, you'd have to run the passing variety of the play 50 times in 12 games. Good grief.
  6. keypusher

    keypusher Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    But the quarterback doesn't get the ball in that formation. Clement was their main passer. And if your main passer gets 1000 yards in 12 games, you're obviously not throwing it much.

    Here's a link to their stats that year.

    1947 Steelers

    They passed 209 times, or about 17 times a game. They ran 496 times, or 44 times a game. They completed 41% of their passes, which seems to have been normal for those days.

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