This pre-season when Michael Vick was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles there was much commotion about all the offensive liberties this obviously talented Eagles offense could take. I think that today - during the second quarter of their home opener against the Saints - we saw the biggest possible liberties to be taken; implementing the A-11 Offense into the National Football League.
Long thought to be an illegal formation at the professional level - or rather just in the NFL - such wasn't the case today. Even if this was not the A-11 offense it was abruptly clear that this offense drew it's roots from the A-11.
For those of you that are not familiar with this offense allow me to explain. Rather, allow me to show you a video.
The Eagles lined up in a formation resembling that of what you see above, however the players labeled "A" and "B" were lined up behind the line of scrimmage. This made it become what is known - legally in the NFL - as the "The Emory & Henry Formation"
Normally simple things like this do not warrant me being compelled to write an article but it has been wondered by many football pundits for some time if the formation would ever make it's way to the NFL. Well I'm not sure if this was really the A-11 in full but it clearly drew it's inspiration from the formation and if this offense was indeed legal - as there was no flag - you can expect it to be this year's "Wildcat Formation" in that teams will try and emulate it.