The wild horse formation that Jedi threw at the Master BB was confusing enough to force a couple time outs, and effective enough to gain decent positive yards each attempt. To me it appeared as just a wrinkle to confuse the defense - which it did - but was little more than a direct snap running play or or traditional snap from center that started off with Orton in the slot. Someone on MHR suggested that the defense did not need to cover Orton as we would not subject out QB to an open feild hit.
Last night the potential of the formation hit me like a ton of bricks. Yesterday morning I found a link on an MHR fanpost to a New England sports radio show. One of the participants claimed that McDaniels had told Cutler he could turn a high school QB into a probowler with this offense. Hummmm .... Brady, Castle, and now Orton. Maybe all the Jedi needs is a willing student. KM was a highschool QB, and he appears to be very willing to learn under the Jedi.
The ultimate play action ... Orton in the slot, snap to KM, tuck the ball in and two steps to the line ... bang! Stokley down the side line. Safety on a dead run toward the obvious running play. After a couple of these just a good head bob during the approach to the line should be enough to freeze the DBs and get the LB double checking. Then there is the possible sprint out, a true option play, and passes off of the reverse.
Or how about a snap to KM, screen play back to Orton - behind KM - and a loose BM down the side line. Of course the blocking scheme on that one would be a thing of beauty but more than a little difficult to work out.
The real beauty of the formation is that once KM developed the reputaion as an adequate passer the defenses would have to spend many hours each week preparing for that possibility.
I think McDaniels has really demonstrated the fact that each week's game starts on Monday in the film room. The opening kick off is only the start of the final act. I have a feeling we have a real chess player that uses every minute of every day to give his team the best advantage. Now that the team has started to grasp the playbook he can start messing with the opposing teams co-ordinators during the week.