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Bucs toyed with Smith and Caddy in the Wildcat



It might have been the WildCaddy.

The Bucs experimented earlier this season with a Wildcat formation popularized by the Miami Dolphins.

But because offensive coordinator Greg Olson did not take over play-calling duties from Jeff Jagodzinski until just 10 days before the start of the season, there wasn't enough time to make it a viable weapon in the Bucs attack.

In the Bucs version, running back Clifton Smith took the direct snap from center and Cadillac Williams was the other halfback in motion.

Those roles are played by Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, respectively, for the Miami Dolphins.

"Early in the year, we did toy with it here and there,'' Williams said. "They actually had Peanut (Smith) at the point and had me as the guy coming in motion. We toyed with it, but that's as far as it went.

"We definitely have the personnel and the potential. But at the same time, coach Olson kind of got thrown in the fire and it's hard to try to do something else when you're trying to still implement your stuff.''

Williams said the Wildcat is a formation he believes the Bucs would thrive in,

"It's a lot of misdirection and a lot of people pulling,'' Williams said. "It seems so simple, like a simple play, but there's a lot that the defense has to account for on just that one Wildcat formation.''

 Olson said he hasn't ruled out installing the wildcat at some point -- most likely next season.  

"Not to say we won’t do it. but it does take a certain amount of time and preparation,'' Olson said. "I don’t just think you put the wildcat in and in one week and go to work with it. Obviously, you’re limited in reps during the season. That’s the direction most times have gone. We obviously have some personnel who can ruun that package. We’ve talked about it. we actually practiced it a little bit early on in the season. We have a small package. But it takes a certain amount of time and preparation to run a package like that.''

This week in practice, the Bucs' 'look squad' has had to simulate the Dolphins version of the wildcat for the starting defense.

(Quarterback) Josh Johnson is a guy who can do that,'' Olson said. "Peanut jumped in there and did it (Wednesday). He’s a guy who has the ability to throw the ball a little bit, although he missed on (at gadget play) Sunday.''



[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:48pm]


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