Thursday, June 4, 2009

Cowboys unveil "Wildcat" offense with new name

CARROLLTON -- The Dallas Cowboys unveiled the "Wildcat" offense during organized team activities Thursday at Standridge Stadium.

Except for one thing: they don’t call it the "Wildcat", they call it the "Razorback" in Dallas in paying homage to running back Felix Jones, who helped make the offense famous in college as a member of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Wildcat or Razorback is a variation of the single wing offense that features an unbalanced line. Receiver Patrick Crayton served as the quarterback in the Cowboys’ version of the Razorback, recalling his roots as an option quarterback at Northwestern Oklahoma State.

Jones, however, will be the team’s primary weapon in the Razorback as it offers them another way to get him the ball and use his speed on the edge.

"Man, it was great," Jones said. "It brought back old memories. It's just the first day. I believe we can get a lot better at it. You'll see a lot more of it, I'm hoping, when the time comes."

The Cowboys are not going to do too much of anything that takes ball out of the hands of Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo, Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said.

But he allowed that the off-season is the time to experiment and see if it’s something the Cowboys can use or defend, considering the number of team’s who have implemented the formation.

"We want to look at that and be prepared for it defensively and offensively and maybe have some options in that area," Phillips said. “We will see if it goes any further than that. It depends on what we can do. If we feel like we can utilize and do some things from it and still help our offense or at least look at it defensively and come up with some schemes to stop it, this is the time to work at it."

Fort Worth Star-Telegram


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