The Wildcat: Crunching the numbers

August, 13, 2012
8/13/12
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Intrigued by the Wildcat? You're going to love these numbers, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:

THE TONY SPARANO FACTOR

Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who introduced the Wildcat to the NFL in 2008 as the coach of the Dolphins, ran it a league-high 238 times from 2008 to 2011.

Most Wildcat Plays, 2008-11

Dolphins -- 238
Browns -- 113
Jets -- 80
Bills -- 43
Panthers -- 42

THE BRAD SMITH FACTOR

The Jets dabbled with the Wildcat from 2006 to 2011, but the numbers dropped last season without Smith, who signed with the Bills. Consider:


THE TIM TEBOW FACTOR

The Broncos called 84 designed rushes for Tebow last season, most among quarterbacks. He averaged 4.3 yards per rush with five touchdowns.

Most Designed QB Rushes, 2011

Tim Tebow -- 84
Cam Newton -- 77
Tom Brady --30
Joe Flacco --30

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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