Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin Doesn’t Know What to Expect from Wildcat

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September 9, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

The Jets used Tim Tebow for eight snaps last week, nine of you count the snap he lined up in the slot. Rex Ryan has been very clear about the notion that the amount of snaps Tim will be used will change from game to game. He will not put a percentage on it, despite his General Manager offering a percentage.

That uncertainty seems to have Steelers coach Mike Tomlin thinking about it. Here is what he had to say in a conference call with the NY media yesterday:

I don’t necessarily have the answer to that. That’s something that they control, from a play-calling standpoint. I know that we better be prepared for more than what I saw him do in the game on Sunday. That wasn’t very different from what was done in Miami with the likes of Pat White, Rodney Brown, or others. Obviously, he’s a capable passer. That’s an element of it that we need to be prepared for.

The preparation for Tebow, however, changes quite a bit with him not being the starter:

Our approach changes among other things, the play caller (we are facing). There are a million different things between being the starting quarterback for an outfit and a package guy, like he is right now. What we did in that game was to address an issue of a guy that was taking a snap from center on every play. Obviously, our approach is probably going to be a little bit different in regards to how we deal with him this time around.

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Topics: Alan Schechter, Mike Tomlin, Wildcat

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