Redskins break out the Wildcat formation
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.
| November 28, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
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