Tim Tebow Marooned on Revis Island: What to Expect from Broncos QB vs. Jets
If he does, it will be a mistake.
Revis is going to have to pull double duty in this game—not only does he have to shut down Tebow's top target in Eric Decker, he also has to cover the run.
All the talk right after the Broncos/Kansas City Chiefs game was about how Tebow only threw the ball a total of eight times, connecting on only two passes.
What wasn't mentioned as much was how Denver ran the ball 55 times for 244 yards, gaining 4.4 yards each attempt.
The New York Jets have to stop the Broncos' run game and try to force Tebow to throw. Here's how they can do this.
Stack the Box
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The Jets have to stack the box on Tebow. They need to bring up their safeties to help with the run coverage.
Tebow is a run-first QB and New York should not waste their time sending their safeties deep in coverage when they can be better used to stop the run.
The Jets can afford to gamble with this type of defense because Revis and Antonio Cromartie should be able to cover Eric Decker and Eddie Royal with no safety help.
Defensive Line Play
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The Jets' first line of defense against Tebow and the running game.
Muhammad Wilkerson, Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito will have their chances to sack/stop Tebow. They must wrap him up.
It is easier said than done, as Tebow is a 6'3", 236 lbs. load.
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David Harris is the Jets' tackling machine, but he can't be asked to do it all by himself every game.
Against the New England Patriots, Harris had six tackles. Fellow starting linebacker, Calvin Pace, had a huge game with seven tackles.
The other two starting linebackers, Bart Scott and Jamaal Westerman, had one tackle each.
Scott and Westerman have to show up for this game.
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Rex Ryan has to do what he does—disguise coverage.
Ryan should come up with a bunch of schemes that dare Tebow to take a chance to throw.
There should be fake blitzes, where the linebackers or safeties drop back in coverage. There should be full blitzes with the cornerbacks and safeties coming.
It should not take too much to confuse Tebow. He is still learning the NFL game.
Don't Get Tebowed
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The Jets are going to come into this game tired after playing Sunday night.
They cannot overlook Tebow and must come with energy. They can't get behind because the Broncos are content to keep their running game going and running down the clock the whole game.
The ideal situation for the Jets is to get an early lead, which will force Tebow to take some shots downfield.