bubba9497 Posted February 19, 2009 Share Posted February 19, 2009 http://blogs.usatoday.com/thehuddle/2009/02/sparano-wildcat.html Click link for entire article Sparano: Wildcat era has only just begun INDIANAPOLIS -- The wildcat is not going away, even if Dolphins coach Tony Sparano wasn't completely confident it would have a shelf life of more than two plays. Sparano said Thursday he was completely surprised the trick play he unveiled in a Week 3 upset win at New England became a season-long phenomenon adopted by dozens of teams. "I was pretty surprised," Sparano said. "At the end of it I was wishing I had a dollar for every person that ran it." Miami had started 0-2 and was looking for a spark on Sept. 21 when Sparano broke out the wildcat with RB Ronnie Brown converting four direct snaps into touchdowns. But the Dolphins coach was prepared to put the play back into mothballs if it didn't work. "We knew when we rolled it out there that you're taking a chance, one way or the other," Sparano said. "We also knew that 'Hey this might be a two-play deal.' We might run it out there for two plays and if it backfires, maybe we don't see it anymore. It just so happened that we started to get the pictures that we wanted to see and we were able to go with it a little bit longer." But the wildcat is a staple now. The Dolphins players enjoy running it and the coaches enjoy having it in their arsenal. And Sparano said it will continue to be part of the Dolphins' personality next year. "There was an awful lot left on the bone that we didn't roll out there during the season," he said. "This gives us the chance during the offseason to push the envelope a little more." Teams may now target players who could fit into wildcat schemes. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock told USA TODAY this week that West Virginia QB Pat White might be a hybrid-type player that helps power the play. Sparano said he knows team officials now have incorporated his trick scheme into their talent evaluation. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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