First play of the game and the Bengals come out in a wildcat formation. The defense was directed all week long that if the Bengals show Wildcat it’s a run key so check to cover 0. Players have come out and said they did not prepare at all for a wildcat pass which is mind boggling to me. Sanu was a dangerous dual threat playing at Rutgers and part of playing good defense is knowing the abilities of the offensive personnel you are facing.
Today I came across these quotes via dcsportsbog from Jay Gruden “We had a pretty good indication that they were gonna be in Cover-0 when we went wildcat with whoever we had back there other than a quarterback, whether it’s a running back or wide receiver”. Gruden also said he put the play in solely for this game “Because Coach Haslett, I was just watching their wildcat reel. And every wildcat snap they had, they played Cover-0. And I’ve been waiting for it.”