A Look Inside the Tebow Wildcat Debut

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Sept. 9, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) before the game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Also, don’t underestimate the effect that the Wildcat can eventually have on this guy. Mark Sanchez. When you run the Wildcat based on a set schedule, you have to be careful. Taking Mark Sanchez out at a specific time, regardless of how the offense is going, can eventually affect his confidence. I am not saying that it will, I am saying that it could. It can come off as the coaches saying, “We don’t think you can complete this drive, so we need to change it up and help you out”. Again, I am not saying that is happening after one game, I am saying that it COULD if it keeps happening. Don’t misunderstand me and say I am talking about Mark being rattled already. I am just saying doing things this way, the Jets have to be careful.

The rhythm can be an issue as well. Some say it is overrated, and it seemed to be a non-issue on Sunday, but it can be an issue. For example, on the second drive of the game, Mark hit Jeremy Kerley for a 21 yard conversion on third down. That is the type of play that gets a quarterback heated up, and gets them on a hot streak. But what did the Jets do? Take Tebow out, and he ran a play that netted four yards. The Wildcat needs to be run when a change of pace is needed. A change of pace is not necessary after a big third down conversion.

Yes, it didn’t affect Mark’s rhythm on Sunday. But, they will be playing better teams than the Bills during 2012, starting next week in Pittsburgh. Defenses like that can affect your rhythm when you are in for every play at quarterback, they certainly can if you are coming out after completions.

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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.