Like the popularity of Animal Collective, the ubiquity of the Wildcat offense is one of those things that seems like it took place eons ago despite actually being relatively recent. While you won’t see teams line up in the Wildcat too often anymore, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban doesn’t think the system has gone extinct. No, he just thinks it’s undergone a facelift.
Here’s what Saban had to say about the Wildcat on his weekly radio show:
I think the big disadvantage of Wildcat was the way people started to load the box as soon as you had a non-quarterback at quarterback.
You didn’t play pass defense and you put everybody in the box. So even though they created an advantage by having somebody have to cover the quarterback so that’s an extra man on the field, but you created it because you have nobody playing pass defense.
So it became more difficult to create an advantage. Now some of those plays you ran in Wildcat is what these good running quarterbacks run now in the spread. So it’s still alive, but it’s not just non-quarterbacks running it. It’s real quarterbacks (AL.com).
Come on, Saban. We all know the most important wild cat offense is poaching.