Preseason Tim Tebow is Not Regular Season Tim Tebow


Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) throws a pass during the second half of their game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Jets 17-12. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Throughout the preseason, there has been a lot of talk about how Tim Tebow throws the football. One of the biggest reasons for this is that we have seen him throw the football a lot. Last night, he dropped back around 20 times. Chris Collinsworth went on for a while about Tim Tebow’s mechanics, which a lot of people have done. A big reason was the fact that we had so much time to watch him drop back. All he has played in the preseason was conventional quarterback. And for the most part, it has not been good.

There is one silver lining. In the regular season, Tim Tebow will not play much conventional quarterback, if any at all.

Again, Tebow dropped back around 20 times last night in the game against the Panthers. I think it will be a lot of he drops back in a traditional quarterback set 20 times all season. He will be running the wildly secretive, yet obvious to everyone, read option, better known as the “Wildcat”.

Those mechanics that we talked about on the previous page, are the precise reason that Tebow dropped back so much during the preseason. Tony Sparano and company are trying to improve Tebow as a quarterback. Whether we like it or not, Tim Tebow is the backup quarterback for the New York Jets. We could go on and on about whether or not that is a good idea. You all know how I feel about it by now.

But, it is what it is. Tim Tebow is the backup quarterback. Despite all of his other roles, he is the number two quarterback on the Jets depth chart. If something happens to Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow has to fill the role of quarterback, and it isn’t likely that Tebow would exclusively run the read option in that situation. He will have to play quarterback. Therefore, they need to take this time in the preseason to improve Tebow’s quarterback skills the best they can.

But this is not what we will see during the regular season. He will come in for a couple of plays at a time, run his “Wildcat”, and do his thing. He will be put in the best position for him to succeed. This is just precautionary, if something happens to our starting quarterback.

If it isn’t, you all know my feeling by now.