Jets vs. Patriots: Rex Ryan, Tim Tebow Planning Something Crazy?

Adam WaksmanCorrespondent IIIOctober 21, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14:  Head coach of the New York Jets, Rex Ryan talks with Tim Tebow #15 against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Sunday afternoon features a critical rivalry matchup between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots. The two teams are tied atop the AFC East at 3-3.

It is reasonable to expect head coach Rex Ryan to continue his aggressive play-calling, given that this is not a game the Jets can win just through simple ball control and domination.

But is he planning something crazy?

Jake Steinberg of SNY's says we are in for a treat:

Wait until you see what Rex has cooked up for the Pats... he's taking a risk, if it works he'll be called a genius, if not, he'll get killed.

That is all Steinberg said—no further details. Rex has been even more aggressive than usual this year. Fake punts, fourth-down attempts, mid-game onside kicks and various other plays are all possibilities.


It is also likely that backup quarterback/running back/punt protector/tight end Tim Tebow is being alluded to. Tebow has been spending a lot of time at practice lately doing things other than being a quarterback, including receiving passes and being a running back.

Also, remember that Tebow is not the only backup who can throw a pass. Wide receiver and punt returner Jeremy Kerley has thrown the ball before in the NFL and is capable of running a reverse. Kerley actually has a 118.8 quarterback rating, but of course, the sample set is far too small to mean anything.

If the Jets put Kerley, Tebow and Sanchez in the backfield on the same play, there are a lot of options for a defense to consider—especially the one in New England that does not trust its secondary.

One thing that is certain is that Rex likes beating the Patriots more than any other team. If there are any trick plays or new formations that we have not seen yet, we will most likely be seeing them this afternoon.


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