49ers Twitter just as confused as you were by wildcat call originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Most of the United States turned back its clocks an hour Sunday for daylight savings, and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan turned back his playbook over a decade in an attempt to catch the Seattle Seahawks off guard.
With the 49ers facing third-and-5 on their first offensive series of Week 8, Shanahan split quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo out wide and running back Jerick McKinnon lined up in the wildcat, the same formation the 2008 Miami Dolphins used to devastating effect in a surprise playoff berth that season.
McKinnon was an option quarterback at Georgia Southern, but he looked the part of someone who hadn't played the role for the better part of seven years.
Garoppolo was open on the play, but the Seahawks paid almost no attention to him, perhaps in part because of his two career receptions for negative-three yards. Deebo Samuel was out Sunday, but the 49ers didn't need to get that creative to fill the void at receiver.
The 49ers lost three yards on the play, and they punted on the ensuing fourth down. A first down would've put the 49ers in field-goal range, and points would be at a premium throughout Sunday's first quarter. The call, as a result, was extremely confusing, to say the least.
Lets bring this one back... https://t.co/qoxydEjIGl
— Grant Liffmann (@GrantLiffmann) November 1, 2020
Kyle Shanahan: Wildcat formation with Aiyuk in the backfield!
Nah dawg. #49ers
— Kevin (@whatswithkevin) November 1, 2020
I think we can all agree that Jerick McKinnon is the worst QB in 49ers history.
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) November 1, 2020
Why in the world did they just run the wildcat when everything else was working just fine? #49ers
— Nico R (@UB_Opethian) November 1, 2020
Wildcat. Not so wild. Jerick McKinnon gets bottled up quickly.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) November 1, 2020
Shanahan using the wildcat offense while Seattle uses the "get big, yell loudly, throw rocks" defense
— nacho varga stan account (@YR195) November 1, 2020
I don't understand trickeration against such a bad defense.
— Ann Killion (@annkillion) November 1, 2020
The Seahawks didn't score on the ensuing drive, but Seattle took a 6-0 lead into the second quarter. The 49ers took a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter, but you can make the argument they left more points on the board with the wildcat call.
Something tells me it's going to be even deeper in the playbook on a short week prior to Thursday's game against the Green Bay Packers.