The Jets and the Odd Use of the Wildcat

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September 16, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) walks off the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

If you have looked at this website at any point this offseason, you know the primary feeling about Tim Tebow amongst myself and other writers here. We don’t, and never have liked the idea of bringing him in here. So, there’s that. But, like I said before week one, whether we like it or not, Tebow is here. We have to support him, and support the Wildcat package.

That is the topic of this morning. The Wildcat package. Specifically, the Jets peculiar use of it so far this year. It is supposed to be used as a change of pace, to keep the defense off balance. It’s supposed to be a different look for the Jets, to keep the defense confused as they bring back in Mark Sanchez and the standard package. But, how are they using it?


The Jets offense was as good as we have ever seen it during the Rex Ryan era in this game, putting up 48 points. Yes, it was the Buffalo Bills, but 48 points is a tough feat against any opponent. Mark Sanchez had the offense in a rhythm, and that rhythm never stopped clicking for the entire game.

The Wildcat pacakge was run for 7 or 8 snaps, and didn’t account for more than 25 yards. The offense was playing so well, that the Wildcat almost felt forced into the game. The Jets talk about how the progression of the game is going to determine the use of the Wildcat. Well, the game was progressing quite well. The defense was off balance without it, so why force it?

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Topics: Alan Schechter, Tim Tebow, Wildcat

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