Michael Vick

Donovan McNabb: Wildcat offense ‘garbage’

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.”




32 comments
bradysucks
bradysucks

Joe Montana and Dan Marino and John Elway NEVER were in the wildcat....


If an offense is running the wildcat it's a sure sign that the Offensive Coordinator doesn't have faith in the starting QB....


You'll NEVER see Peyton Manning or Drew Brees's team in the wildcat...not EVER....


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Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

I agree with Mcnabb, and this is coming from someone who was mobile himself. The defense isn't going to treat it any differently from a draw play or a qb passing from the shotgun, where's the element of surprise? The QB is either doing one or the other, and the QB that is split out wide is treated as a receiver so what? Once he passes the line of scrimege he can't throw it. Why not stick to the read option that catches the defense off guard more. 

Tooned In
Tooned In

I agree with the thought that the Wildcat does not impede Geno's growth as a QB. However I am not a proponent of the scheme. I do believe teams prepare for the Wildcat much better than they did a few years ago, but my biggest problem with the Wildcat is when they make a pocket passing QB line up as a WR. It more or less makes the play 10 on 11 and puts a player at a position where his skill set will have no chance to succeed. I am all for gadget plays and schemes that will throw the defense off but they should not be relied upon for continual success, the best offenses today rely on great quarterback play and that is what I would like to see the Jets focus on the most, to see if Geno has the chops to develop into one hell of a quarterback.  

harvlis
harvlis

Vick shoud start. No wildcat necessary.  Go with experience and talent.  Let Geno learn from Vick.  It doesnt' mean Geno won't be successful in the future for us.   

bharper42
bharper42

Rex is always saying how he trusts MM to run the offense.  Well he should stfu and not say things like "i'd like to see some wildcat".  Just shut up and stick to your defense and let MM run his offense.


If MM runs the wildcat it should be because he feels it worthwhile irregardless if rex "thinks" it should be run or not.

fortysyxx
fortysyxx

i doubt they use vick in the wildcat...vick is more valuable as our backup and is an insurance policy for the season...i still see them putting kerley in there at that role if they plan on using it...a lil bit off topic but the wildcat definitely can be effective when used right...The 2009 jets vs dolphins game will always stick out in my mind...although we lost that was a great game...wish i could watch it again..even the colts vs dolphins game in 2009 where peyton had the ball for only 15 minutes and still managed to win.

Jimmy Passadino
Jimmy Passadino

Only the dopey Jets would cling onto a fad offense that went out of style in 2009.

__fense
__fense

"Real winners eat at McDonalds. I'm loving it."

Brendan
Brendan

Donovan McNabb might be the worst analyst covering the NFL. He's really bad. He's like the Mark Sanchez of analysts. 

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

Tebow was garbage. It worked just fine in 2009 and 2010 with Brad Smith.

nickballs
nickballs

mcnabby..u know whats garbage...the fact that you couldnt win the big game cuz you were puking like a puss

nickballs
nickballs

hey McNabb...nobody gives a rats A$$ about what you say......please go away

juunit
juunit

Yeah, well. At least the wildcat isn't fat and lazy.

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@Tooned In

But if teams are better prepared for it, this means that they take at least a little time to prepare for it. Just should be used judiciously

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Also, Vick is fortunately not Tebow.

That said, I'm still not a fan of bringing Vick in for random plays.

bobbyj
bobbyj

So Brendan who is picking the starting QB? Rex ? Idzik ? Marty. ? Another " Jet " decision is coming. Westys comments BEFORE the draft were not only telling, they were boredeine shocking. With Milner he started that the Jets had a gaping hole in they're defense, he told you that the Jets were going DB or Safety, even told you the players that the Jets liked....Idzik is running his own show, & he is not on the same page as Rex.

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@Disgruntled Jets Fan

I'm not a fan of bringing him in for random plays either. However, if they decide he can be effective occasionally coming in for specific situations, I have no problem with it. 

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

I'm not ripping the jets. Just saying right now I'm not a fan of the idea. I don't know if they're really actually even considering it.

Matt Ryan Hill
Matt Ryan Hill

@Brendan @Matt Ryan Hill You think we'll succeed with a two QB system this? The only team I can think of that has done it successfully is SF.


You can obviously see my sentiment here. Ha.

Brendan
Brendan

@Matt Ryan Hill Well, I don't consider using Vick a handful of plays a game as a "two QB system." 


I'm not even really pushing the idea as a good one, I just think McNabb is an idiot. 


It didn't mess with Sanchez's game, but it could do so with Geno, I'm sure it's a more case-by-case situation than people realize. I think, out of everyone in the NFL, Vick running it would probably be the most productive. He'd be one of the only players that opposing defenses would actually bother gameplanning for at all, which could be a help. 

harold
harold

@Brendan

The wildcat is useless, we do not need the wildcat at all.  The sooner we stop running the wildcat the better we will be.