In San Francisco, the “Wildcat” is called the “Taser.”
49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye was made available to the media on Wednesday, and spent some time talking with reporters about the Taser formation that was worked on during two practice sessions.
“It was very good,” said Raye. “Since the pads have gone on, it was our first foray into it. There are some things about it that are different for us and good. I like what I saw from Micheal Spurlock. … The initial introduction of it was very good and we got a good start on it.”
As is pointed out in the 49ers Goal Posts blog, the 49ers have three former college quarterbacks on the roster playing other positions — Spurlock, fellow receiver Arnaz Battle and RB Michael Robinson. With Robinson sidelined by a groin injury, it was Spurlock and Battle who took the snaps in the Taser formation.
“By trade, he is a former college quarterback,” Raye said of Spurlock. “He is also a punt returner and a kick returner so he has running ability and ability to throw the ball. He has great initial quickness and he is a pass threat. The combination of those things and the fact that he is a punt returner who can run with the ball gives you a little more flexibility and a little more lead way.”