Sunday, October 11, 2009

What is the Denver Broncos' Wild Horses Offensive Formation

Many people are wondering about the Wild Horses Formation which the Denver Broncos unveiled in their 20-17 win against the New England Patriots. The Broncos ran the Wild Horses extensively on the first drive of the game to great success and New England was very confused. The formation was run here and there throughout the rest of the game.

Basically, the Wild Horses formation calls for the tailback to line up to take the direct snap (like the wild cat). The quarterback lines up as a wide receiver. The big difference in the Wild Horses offense is that the quarterback has the option to come in motion and take the snap directly from under center. If the quarterback does not take the snap, then the ball is snapped directly to the running back who can run the ball.

It is a variation of the wild cat offense.

Josh McDaniels is the inventor of the Wild Horses Formation and it played a part in the biggest win of his coaching career to date. It kept New England off guard, forced Bill Belichick to burn a timeout to adjust, and forced New England to simplify it's defensive scheme. In the first drive, it was very effective with the run. Later in the game, it was very effective with the pass.


  1. I am a HUGE Broncos' fan! ..and I live in BOSTON!! I HATE the Patriots! What in the world is the purpose of this website?? The guys' 5-0!! Undefeated! Shit...let him be!! If it ain't broke...DON'T FIX IT!!
    I support McD all the way!!

  2. Who is the F@ck!n P of Sh!t that started this blog. Why don't you get F'in Lost.

  3. McD has done everything right, yeah i miss shanahan but if you cant see the good that McDaniels is doing for the Denver
    Broncos then your not a true fan

  4. I'm guessing that Norv Turner created this site or someone with shit for brains.

  5. This offensive tactic is in response to the team being traded a QB (Kyle Orton) who maintained a 75% rating average while on the Chicago Bears (and reason that he was traded). The option to literally omit the weakest link in this case is supported by the control that the coaching staff was vocal about in regards to keeping Orton from destroying the team's chances and showcasing the reality that the trade was in fact better for Chicago.


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