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Josh Johnson not interested in Wildcat offense

Posted Aug 17, 2009 by Anwar S. Richardson

Updated Aug 17, 2009 at 09:45 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans have been wondering for a while if backup quarterback Josh Johnson would be a perfect Wildcat offense option.

After Johnson ran 43-yards for a touchdown against Tennessee, it was an obvious question. After the game, I spoke asked Johnson and asked if he would like to play quarterback in the Wildcat offense and that notion was dismissed faster than his touchdown run.

“No,” Johnson said. “That’s a whole different thing.

“You got to go in there and bang with the defense and between the tackles.”

Even though Johnson has speed, he views himself as a classic quarterback. He is more interested at dropping back and making reads than running up the middle and waiting for a linebacker to take off his head. He did rush for 1,864 yards while playing for the University of San Diego, but Johnson said his running success against Tennessee was out of necessity.

Johnson was at the line of scrimmage calling the plays when the ball was surprisingly snapped to him. Instead of panicking - see Vince Young in the same game - Johnson let his instincts take over.

“We were in the two-minute situation, and I was at the line of scrimmage giving the snap count [when the ball was snapped],” Johnson said. “Through coaching, they always said don’t make a bad play worse. Go get at least two yards, and when I stepped up [in the pocket], it opened up.

“I never run in practice. I never ran in college. I’ve never been asked to run.”

It also seems Johnson is running away from any notion of being a Wildcat quarterback.

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