Tim Tebow: Rex Ryan Smart to Hold off on Wildcat
Head coach Rex Ryan has declared that the Jets will likely wait until the regular season to implement the formation.
Ryan said, via the New Jersey Star-Ledger, "Well, let’s get them to prepare for it a little bit. But I don’t see us really running the Wildcat in the preseason.”
This is a smart move by Ryan. As Tebow notes in the Star-Ledger, the Jets can work on the Wildcat in practice. They don't need to show it yet.
The element of surprise is needed more than ever for the Jets these days. After a disappointing 8-8 campaign last season, Mark Sanchez threw an interception against the New York Giants in the Jets' 26-3 preseason loss last week, and Tebow was downright awful, going 5-of-14 for 69 yards. Sanchez and Tebow were sacked a combined seven times, which also highlighted the team's problems at right tackle.
The Jets' offense is a problem this season, as it was last season. Not only did the team average 3.8 yards per carry in 2011-2012, Sanchez completed just 56.7 percent of his passes, leading many to question whether he was the right man under center for the Jets.
Do the Jets need to run the Wildcat in the preseason?
Now, in place of Plaxico Burress in the receiving corps, they have former Oakland Raider Chaz Schilens and rookie Stephen Hill. Who knows how that's going to turn out? The Jets have gotten less experienced in the receiving corps, which may become a problem throughout the season.
The element of surprise has the potential to lead to an extra win this season, and that could be the difference between the playoffs and disappointment once again. There is no reason for Ryan to flash the Wildcat in the preseason. That must be used down the line when the time is right.
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