Though I wasn’t surprised to hear Bills head coach Chan Gailey say that Brad Smith is an ideal fit in the Wildcat package, I was surprised after checking out the archives of the stat crunchers and film reviewers at Pro Football Focus that Smith was the most productive Wildcat QB in the NFL last season.
Pro Football Focus ranked the top 5 QBs in the Wildcat based on productivity and Smith was ranked number one after he averaged 7.1 yards per carry out of that formation for the Jets last season. He had 30 carries for 212 yards and a touchdown according to PFF. When he handed off his backs got four yards per carry.
According to PFF’s report as the season went on the Jets used Smith in the Wildcat more and more, including the season finale against the Bills when he ripped off runs of 20 and 40 yards. Knowing he’s coming in late (hasn’t practice yet due to CBA) I’d expect Smith’s role to increase as the season wears on with the Bills as well.
And with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller in the backfield it’s reasonable to expect them to match the Jets four yards per carry average from their backs last season with Smith.
To the Bills credit they were ranked just outside the top 5 with the Wildcat in the ‘Best of the Rest’ category. Buffalo used the Wildcat sparingly last season with only five such plays, but they averaged five yards per carry (5 car., 25 yards) according to PFF. I’d expect that number of snaps to go up significantly in 2011 with Smith on board.
Tags: Brad Smith, C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Wildcat formation
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