Five years ago, NFL teams used the Wildcat offense to confuse and wreak havoc. Then opposing defenses figured it out. Last year, the Wildcat was forgotten a little bit as teams like the Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks ran the read option. Now, though, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is claiming that he's going to keep using the Wildcat for some reason.
"Like you guys say, we never used it," Ryan said to reporters, speaking about last season. "So I would say, yeah. I would think that's part of what we do."
The Jets signed Tim Tebow last year, who for all his faults theoretically could've been one of the best Wildcat quarterbacks in the league. But they didn't use him, partly because Ryan was intent on riding the season out with Sanchez and partly because Tebow was really bad every time he was given a chance. And now that Tebow's off to the Patriots and the NFL has moved on, Ryan thinks this is the perfect time to unleash the Wildcat.
Ryan said the Wildcat will continued to be a staple in the league, "for the simple fact that guys are getting these quarterbacks now—these mobile quarterbacks—and the size, speed and all of that kind of stuff, so I do think it's here to stay."
Everyone else disagrees. NFL.com writer Chris Wesseling tweeted this response to the news, which sums up both Ryan's comments and the franchise as a whole.
Wildcat? The rest of the league is playing chess, and Rex is over in the corner with his Lincoln Logs.— Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) July 31, 2013