Putting a Percentage on Wildcat Plays is a Bad Idea

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August 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) shown on the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Jets 28-10. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

We are one day away from opening the Jets season against the Buffalo Bills. We are all waiting with baited breath to see this offense unveiled, finally. The big secret is the Tim Tebow package. How often will we see it? Will it be based on game plans? We just don’t know.

Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum was interviewed this week, and was asked if he could quantify how much we will see him during the season. Mike did, by saying that Mark Sanchez would play anywhere from 80-90% of the snaps. Head coach Rex Ryan would not comment on that assertion. He in the past has said it will be game plan specific, and could increase if it is giving the defense problems.

That is the best way to go about it. Tannenbaum shouldn’t be putting a percentage on it, just because he is asked, because putting a percentage on this would be a very bad idea.

The reason it is a bad idea has to do with the offense itself. The offense gets in a rhythm when it is playing well. Playing offense, especially as a quarterback, is about having a feel for what is going on around you. Putting a specific percentage on the amount of plays, implies that the Jets are going to forcefeed the plays into the game, and that goes against getting in rhythm.

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