Wildcat produces diminishing returns for Houston

Houston receiver Cecil Shorts failed to gain a yard on two carries out of the Wildcat in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

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After helping spark the team’s running game after it was introduced a month ago, the Houston Texans’ version of the Wildcat has failed to generate much in the way of results of late.

In Sunday’s 27-6 loss to the New England Patriots, the Texans had just four rushing attempts out of the Wildcat, with wide receiver Cecil Shorts and running back Jonathan Grimes combining for three yards on direct snaps. A week earlier, in Houston’s loss to the Buffalo Bills, the duo combined for 29 yards rushing, with 28 of them coming from Grimes.

Houston head coach Bill O’Brien was non-committal about whether the team would continue to use the Wildcat this week against the Indianapolis Colts.

Via the Houston Chronicle:

The Texans unveiled the Wildcat in the team’s Nov. 22 win over the New York Jets, with Grimes and shorts combining to rush for 63 of Houston’s 123 yards on the ground.

It’s just a wrinkle to try to run the football,” O’Brien said. “Look, it didn’t work out well. Give the Patriots credit, they had a good plan for it. Whether we use it moving forward here is really just how we study the Colts to see if we can apply some of that to what the Colts do.

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