Who would have thought that a self-written book from 1999 would play such a major part in this Thursday’s New York Jets vs. Denver Broncos game?
Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post reports that Jets coach Rex Ryan’s 1999 book, “Coaching Football’s 46 Defense,” includes a 20-page section on defending the option; the offense that Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos will be running this week.
With only a few days to prepare for the game, there’s no doubt that Rex will thumb through it and provide his thoughts to the Jets defense.
In defeating the Kansas City Chiefs last week, Tebow completed 2 passes on just 8 attempts while running the offense he found success with at the University of Florida.
Unorthodox for today’s NFL? Yes.
Successfull? So far.
“Just a great competitor,” Ryan said of Tebow. “You can go back and look when people asked me about him [before the 2010 draft]. I thought he was a great competitor.
“I thought he was a winner. That’s what he is showing right now. Are there prettier passers than him? Yeah, absolutely. But, again, I’ll just try to find a way to beat him.”
And if you thought Ryan was just being nice, take a look at these facts:
- Tebow is the only quarterback in Broncos history to beat the Raiders and the Chiefs on the road in back-to- back games.
- He has won four of the seven overall games he has started. His predecessor, Kyle Orton won four games in the last 18 he started.
- John Elway had less victories in his first four starts in 1999 than Tebow in his first four starts.