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Houston defenders should be ready to react to Wildcat

10/10/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
When the Miami Dolphins unveiled their unconventional Wildcat package, you'd have thought Tony Sparano and his staff reinvented the game.

The Texans have had enough time to examine it and consider its potential spinoffs.

"Yeah, we get to look at it for a couple of weeks, but it's changing every week," coach Gary Kubiak said. "So, I'm sure we're going to see a part of it that is totally different than what we've been seeing."

Said defensive end Mario Williams: "...As long as you go out there and you play your assignments and stay focused I think we'll be alright. Hopefully we can stop it. But, it's pretty confusing and it seems like whenever they get in that formation they seem to make plays. As long as we stay focused, I think we'll be fine. Hopefully we can stop it."

If it creates defensive chaos Sunday at Reliant Stadium, I'll think it an indictment of Houston's defensive coaches and preparations -- but more so of the Texans personnel.

Defensive players may have to actually react to something they didn't see drawn up on a dry erase board or have spelled out in a power point presentation. Imagine that?

I asked Texans GM Rick Smith for his reflections on Wildcat this week.

"It's unique, obviously," he said. "Whenever you try something and you have success with it and it's something a little different I think people pay attention to it. They certainly have run that with a large degree of success.

"As a football guy it's kind of fun to look at and try to figure out what you do to try to stop it. They got our attention with it so we've got to be prepared to stop it on Sunday."-

Here's a graphic from the Houston Chronicle that shows how Wildcat gets started.