A Look Inside the Tebow Wildcat Debut

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Sept. 9, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Heading into week one, a lot of talk surrounding the Jets was about the Wildcat. How was the Wildcat going to be used? Would they use it a lot? A little? What would it look like? Would Tim Tebow throw?

Well the returns are in, and the debut was a bit less than impressive.

The Wildcat ran 8 times for a grand total of 22 yards.

They didn’t have Tim Tebow throw the ball at all, which clearly shows that there is more in the bag of tricks for the Tebow package. And yes, just the fact that the plays are out there, and might be run, adds something for the defense to prepare for. That ultimately will help Mark Sanchez. But, at some point, the Wildcat is going to actually have to produce something positive. If the Wildcat proves time and time again to not be a threat for positive plays, the defense will need less and less time to prepare for it.

It seemed, in my opinion, that they were going back to the Wildcat plays, just for the sake of going to them. By the middle of the second quarter, they had gone to the well 4 times for around 10 yards. It clearly was not working. Whether it was the fact that the Bills had Brad Smith to practice with, David Lee (QB coach) that knows the Wildcat well, or whatever else, it wasn’t working. The offense under Sanchez was clicking. Don’t go to the Wildcat, just for the sake of doing it. Do it when you need to change the momentum.

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  • Jeremy

    I’m blown away how short-sighted and narrow-minded people are being about the Wildcat. First of all, there was no need to get anything particularly explosive out of the WC on Sunday so there was no reason to do much more then what they did. Hopefully if there comes a time when we need more they’ll use it for more then a play at a time and use it to it’s fullest capability with an occasional pass and more inventive runs. But the way it was used was absolutely ingenious. They basically used it as a time out, bringing Sanchise to the Sideline, getting a positive play, as Tebow never lost yardage, and coming up with a successful play. 1 TD and 1 first down pass(a bad spot away from 2 first down passes) came immediately after a WC play (the 2nd TD had an intermission between it so doesn’t really count). At the same time, you have the possibility of Tebow and the offense breaking a big play off while Sanchez and Sparano are scheming on the sideline…this looks to me like it’s going to be a great combination.