Michael Vick’s former Philadelphia Eagles teammate Donovan McNabb does not believe in the wildcat offense – using two QBs in a game – and he made that very clear, calling the system “garbage” (CBS New York, August 13).
“The Jets tried this whole garbage with Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez and it got them nowhere,” McNabb said. “In the situation now, I think it takes away from what Geno Smith can do. It’s a maturity process for him to try to develop into an NFL quarterback. Now you’re taking him off the field or splitting him wide to bring in a 34-year-old quarterback? To do what?”
Rex Ryan tried the wildcat with the Tebow-Sanchez combo two seasons ago, but had previously tried to used Brad Smith as a change-of-pace QB as well.
But for McNabb, who is now an NFL analyst for Fox Sports, doesn’t have much confidence outside the added flare the play brings.
“I understand the ‘wow’ effect, but it’s not a good thing for either quarterback,” McNabb said.
While Geno Smith has all but earned the starting job for the Jets for this upcoming season, Vick is looking to help on and off the field. On the field, possibly with the wildcat offense, which is something McNabb feels won’t help the Jets.
“I understand that people know what Mike Vick could do five, six, seven years ago,” he said. “Yeah, Mike has the ability to run and get out of the pocket. But that’s only in the drop-backgame when he sees nothing open and makes things happen by picking up yards with his legs. That’s not for Mike to run the option.”