Original ‘Wildcat’ ready to follow in own footsteps

Eagles QB Michael Vick was quick to point out that he was the first to run the “Wildcat,” the formation that has taken the NFL by storm over the last two seasons in an interview with Eagles LIVE on the team’s Web site Wednesday morning.

“Like I tell everybody, I was the wildcat originator,” Vick said. “In 2006, that was the reason I ran for 1,000 yards and had the opportunity to break that record and reach that milestone. It was something that (then-Falcons offensive coordinator) Greg Knapp had studied in the offseason. He did a great job of implementing it into our game plan and it worked out.

“You can’t just be one-dimensional in the wildcat. I think you want to create that balance for the opposition not to know exactly what you’re going to do.”

How much the Eagles run the wildcat against the Chiefs on Sunday — or how much Vick will be involved — is anybody’s guess. Coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg used several variations of the wildcat formation with three different players taking snaps. Vick says that he has his legs back, feeling about 85 to 90 percent.

“I feel like I got my legs back,” he said. “I’ve been doing everything I’ve needed to do in the training room to make sure that I can get back to 100 percent and I can go out and give this football team my all.”

Just the thought of having Vick in the wildcat has to be of great concern to Chiefs defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.

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