Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch has sprinkled the wildcat formation into his gameplan in recent weeks. With running back Denard Robinson ruled out for the season, it's very unlikely we'll see it for the remainder of the season but it could become a staple for the Jaguars to run 2-4 wildcat plays in 2015 and beyond.
With that said, what went right, what went wrong, and what can we hope for in the future with the Jaguars' wildcat formation?
Play #1: Denard throws incomplete
This was actually my favorite play design for the Jaguars wildcat, but unfortunately it was executed the most poorly.
Backup right tackle Sam Young couldn't hold his block, allowing J.J. Watt to pressure Denard into a hurried throw. If Young had held his block, this is a first down. The throw could also be hampered by the fact that Denard had sustained a foot injury on the third play of the game and couldn't plant or set without incredible pain.
Play #2: Denard hands off to Todman
And here we have the most successful wildcat play of the day -- a three yard inside run by Jordan Todman. The defense was, for the most part, aware of what was going down though as they had eight players (and a ninth nearby) in the box before Todman even crossed the line of scrimmage.
With Allen Hurns isolated along the left sideline, I'm curious as to if there's play-action pass potential to him (or whichever receiver lines up) in the future.
Play #3: Denard keeps it
Again, Fisch's play design has the ball carrier going inside, and again it's poorly executed.
Denard delays on bringing the ball back to himself, he and Todman are bunched together as they hit the hole together, Zane Beadles (No. 68) hits the next level but the rest of the offensive line doesn't open a hole inside.
Going forward, I like the idea of Denard running read-options and bootlegs into short passes, playing to the same strengths as Blake Bortles but on a much smaller scale. The inside handoffs are nice, but both players can't go inside at the same time, even if they're hitting different gaps. It makes for a mess in the pocket, and defenses (like the Texans above) will seemingly sniff it out before the snap.