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Posted at 7:15 PM ET, 11/28/2010

Redskins break out the Wildcat formation

By Rick Maese

For what's believed to be the first time in franchise history, the Redskins broke out the "wildcat" offense in Sunday's loss to Minnesota.

They'd practiced it in training camp and, according to players, a few times since then, but Coach Mike Shanahan didn't put Brandon Banks behind center until the opening drive of Week 12.

"It is just a little bit of a wrinkle in our game," Shanahan said.

On the team's fifth offensive play of the game, quarterback Donovan McNabb lined up as a wide receiver, and Banks was in shotgun formation, taking the direct snap from center Casey Rabach. Banks scrambled left for three yards. Two plays later, they ran it again and again Banks gained three yards.

Banks apparently was eager for the Redskins to go with the Wildcat in an actual game. He said it was "fun."

"I feel like -- I don't know if I want to say this or not - I'd rather someone hand me the ball than me go out there and catch the ball, run a route," he said. "I just want the ball any way possible. If they put me back there, that's what I'm going to do."

The play call shows the coaching staff's increased confidence in Banks, who began the year on the practice squad. He's a versatile player with quick feet and elusive moves. There are only so many opportunities on offense for the team's No. 4 receiver to get involved. Unless the team is running the Wildcat, of course.

"He has got that positive mindset, a lot of energy and he believes in himself," Shanahan said. "People are starting to believe in him more and more and more every time he touches the ball."

No one will be bragging about this at Redskins Park Monday, but Banks finished the game with more rushing yards than the team's starting running back. Banks had six and Keiland Williams finished with only five yards on three carries.

"I know every time I touch the ball, I can go the distance," Banks said.

By Rick Maese  | November 28, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
Categories:  Brandon Banks  
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Comments

Eagles lose.

Redskins could be only 1 game behind first place had they taken advantage of an opponent that's been in shambles this year.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | November 28, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

10-6 gets in the playoffs in the NFC Least. Giants twice, Boys once, two teams from Florida. Still possible.

Posted by: swowra | November 28, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

my son high school can beat Washington with no promble at all, Washington defense have to many hoe in it, Mcnabb should had stay in Philadelphia because he all wash up, Mike Shanahan look like he high off of drug his son don't what he doing something need to change play-off no way in hell will me make the play off we need to make some big change in the off season with the defense and offensive and get some younger play all so let all the old player go some were just not in Washington

Posted by: westcurtis1961 | November 28, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Well said my retarded friend, well said. Man, it must be nice to get pressure with only 4 D linemen like the Bears did this weekend. Oh, I forgot, we've got the ferocious 3-4 to brag about!

Posted by: ga8085 | November 28, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Beeps yet again---->

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 28, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

10-6 gets in the playoffs in the NFC Least. Giants twice, Boys once, two teams from Florida. Still possible.

Posted by: swowra | November 28, 2010 7:35 PM

Really tough matchups for the Oline and Dline against the Giants. If the Skins can steal a game from them, then 8-8 looks possible. Protecting the football will be key in the Bucs game.

Posted by: TWISI | November 28, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Im glad insider has the scoop we used the wildcat. How about doing your job and finding out why 31 played 10yds off on 3rd and 5 and gave up a 6yd hitch. FYI, they also ran shotgun, 4wide, 2te set, I-formation, offset, punt formation, but they didnt run VICTORY formation, according to my sources.

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 28, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Well at least Banks gives us a chance to have more than a 2 yard gain on a running play...

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | November 29, 2010 2:43 AM | Report abuse

Why did they start Raback when they had something positive with Wes at center?
Why Haynesworth should play more.
fired the Defensive coordinator and the pass Happy coordinator.even if you don't have a running game you have to keep them thinking your going to RUN!

Posted by: theturfman | November 29, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Why did they start Raback when they had something positive with Wes at center?
Haynesworth should play more.
fired the Defensive coordinator and the pass Happy coordinator.even if you don't have a running game you have to keep them thinking your going to RUN!3rd and 8 with a 41 year old non mobile quarterback why did they not BLITZ HIM!

Posted by: theturfman | November 29, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Wildcat, Bobcat, Feral Cat whatever Cat it really don't matter. They've got to adjust the offense to the players they have and they're just not doing that. By the way, the makeshift offensive line they finished with against the Titans was much better than yesterday's line.

Posted by: BenThere | November 29, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

We see how valuable Brandon Banks is. He's the only member of this team who's a threat everytime he touches the ball. So if Shanahan and Allen are so great at evaluating talent. How come this kid was released and then brought back? Hmmmmmmm.

Posted by: amontgomery1 | November 30, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

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