Jets have three candidates to replace Brad Smith in Wildcat package

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The Jets planned to keep receiver Brad Smith if they weren’t able to land Nnamdi Asomugha.  They weren’t able to land Asomugha, but Smith chose not to wait around, signing instead with the Bills.

Now, if the Jets plan to keep using the Wildcat package on offense, they need someone else to run it.

Coach Rex Ryan told reporters on Tuesday that the Jets have several in-house candidates for the assignment.

“I think we have three candidates for [the Wildcat],” Ryan said, “three good candidates. Will they be as good as Brad?  I don’t know about that.  Brad was a really special athlete.  I’m going to say it for the last time until we play Buffalo.  [He]  was the only guy at the time in college football who rushed for over 4,000 yards and passed for over 8,000 yards.

“He was ideal in that role, for sure, but I think [LaDainian Tomlinson], he’s thrown touchdowns.  All you have to do is ask my brother [Rob Ryan], because he threw a bunch against him, so he can do it certainly.  Then, Joe McKnight is an explosive athlete like Brad.  I think he’d be good in that role.  Then, [Jeremy] Kerley did that in college, so I think we have three guys.”

The question becomes which one of the trio ends up being the best one — and whether any of them can do it well enough to justify its continuation.  We’ve got a feeling that, no matter how effective Tomlinson, McKnight (pictured), and/or Kerley will be, the Jets will keep the Wildcat if for no reason other than to show the Bills and Brad Smith that the Jets can do it without him.

59 responses to “Jets have three candidates to replace Brad Smith in Wildcat package

  1. I wonder why teams like NE, GB and Indy don’t use the wildcat?

    This is a make or break year for Mark Sanchez. It’s time to finally take the training wheels off.

  2. That’s going to be sick to see who wins. If McKnight steps up and becomes who everybody knows he can become then the jets are crazy stacked at RB. Why do you thin New England is hoarding big linemen.

  3. Just kill the wildcat already.

    It was a nice fluke that worked for one season for the Dolphins. Defenses have figured it out, it’s useless.

  4. LaDone, Joe McFumble, & JK?

    Why not put Revis back there? After holding out and demanding that kind of money you’d think he’d contribute more then knocking down a few passes

  5. As much as i liked Smith im glad the Jets didnt pay him anywhere as much as the Bills did. To me Smith was most valuable as a return man on ST. With the crappy new kickoff rules this season there are going to be alot less returns and runbacks so losing him there wont be too crucial. Plus the jets have other guys that can return good too. As far as the wildcat the jets didnt run it as much last year and im hoping they really dont use it as much this year as last. Smith wasnt a great receiver to me, he came out of college as a qb and rarely would the jets use him in the game as a receiver. So i think they will be ok without him, would i love to still have him yes but you cant have everyone thats part of the game.

  6. brady, rodgers, manning are why those teams dont use wildcat. sanchez or henne reason why a team would

  7. It is so sad that all of these jets haters have no creative ability. Every single one of you go to the feet jokes, meanwhile your just pissed off cause you don’t have a coach that will stick his head out for his players and is a loud mouth, you all have boring coaches that are so unsure of their team that they can’t go out and be in the spotlight. You can’t go to the well too many times before it runs dry, try to come up with something more creative than feet jokes and food jokes. Let’s see some 4th grade creativity skills put to work.

  8. Lady T, McPuke and a 5th round draft choice to run the wildcat. Maybe they should try the felon ?

    I can’t wait until week # 5 when Haynesworth eats Taco Sanchez. Thats when Albert will get himself a GD snack !

    herlies asks why the Patriots,Packers and Indy don’t run the wildcat? Because their QB’s are the best players on the field unlike the jets where Taco is the weak link on O.

  9. Kerley will be the guy….write it down. This guy is going to be a special player in this league.

    But lets hope we don’t run this ridiculous package too often. The only plus to having Smith in that role (other than his abliity to gain yards) was that he was a threat to throw….but the Jets rarely utilized it.

    But really, Smith…you should have waited it out. I mean, Buffalo? Really? You’re stuck there now, enjoy.

  10. A make or break year for Sanchez? Say what you want about his passing stats but the guy led his team to the AFC Championship in his first two seasons?

  11. @ herlies

    Because the Wildcat doesn’t work. When Miami busted it out, no one was ready for it, and it worked. Now that everyone game plans for it against certain teams, it simply doesn’t fool anyone.

    NE could run it. Edelman was a college QB, but if Edelman lines up in the backfield, the opponent knows what’s coming.

  12. herlies says: Aug 9, 2011 7:56 PM

    This is a make or break year for Mark Sanchez. It’s time to finally take the training wheels off.
    ____________________________________

    As I’ve said before, a group of agenda-driven haters has attempted to re-write the quarterbacking rules in an effort to hold Mark Sanchez to a ridiculous, completely unrealistic standard.

    For the better part of the last 40 years, it’s been the common understanding that quarterbacks often take 3-5 years or more to develop. Drew Brees was considered a bust until his fourth year. Eli Manning didn’t have his first good season until his fifth year. Steve McNair had one 3,000-yard passing season through his first six years in the league. By the time that Terry Bradshaw was 26, he had thrown 48 TDs and 81 INTs. Through his first 10 seasons, the ballyhooed John Elways had thrown 158 TDs to 157 INTs.

    So give it a rest. He’s 24 years old.

  13. Listen up haters… Go ahead and keep hating, but just remember to always follow King Rex’ #1 rule: “YOU CAN HATE US BUT NEVER IGNORE US”. Now obiediently follow the King’s rule and write your negative posts!

  14. I don’t see how this is even a question. The second they drafted Jeremy Kerley it was clear that Smith wasn’t coming back. Go watch some TCU game tape. Kerley can throw, run, and catch plus return kicks and punts. He even already has experience in the wildcat (the wildfrog more specific). Apparently he’s been impressing a lot of people in camp too.

  15. Notice that teams like the Lions, Bengals, Jaguars, and Panthers don’t bother with the “Wildcat”. They know it doesn’t work that great already.

  16. I think PFT should rank poster’s messages. Rank those that have the most thumbs up vs thumbs down. It’s FREE content from those that PFT nation views as good. OR is PFT afraid of views that differ from their own?

  17. The Jets biggest strength is running the ball straight at people. They’re invested in 2 high profile wideouts. Why am I still listening to Jets wildcat talk post-Brad Smith?

    Furthermore, why would you want to compare your young athletes to a guy who statistically didn’t do anything in 5 years?

  18. Lions, Bengals, Jaguars, and Panthers don’t bother with the Wildcat because they wouldn’t be fooling anyone if they did.

  19. jetsuperbowl says:Aug 9, 2011 8:18 PM

    sanchez gonna throw for 4000 yrds… write it down
    __________________________________

    Maybe……if you count interception return yardage.

  20. ampats

    maybe the pats should consider implementing the wildcat to give opposing defenses one extra thing to prepare for. good defenses can usually defeat one dimensional offenses. the pats have no running game and no deep threat receiver that needs to be respected, which is why the ravens and jets absolutely dominated your uggboot wearing qb and his offense in the playoffs.

  21. By the comments of the 28-21 faithful, looks like they think they drafted AJ Green. Kerley looks great in camp, what in his shorts and shirt?

    Reminds me of LY when the talk was of the great RB they drafted in the 4th round who can’t keep his lunch down or break a tackle.

    Not to forget about the revamped DL (thanks ny82jy for educating us)who have a combined 5 NFL tackles between the group.

    K Wilson, DuCasse, still can’t crack the starting lineup? I know because Wayne Hunter is the next John Hannah.

    Week # 5 Newark faithful, Happy 43rd and congratulations again on winning the divisional round game in Foxboro the greatest victory in the history of your franchise !

  22. “I can’t wait until week # 5 when Haynesworth eats Taco Sanchez. Thats when Albert will get himself a GD snack!”

    Fat Albert hasn’t done crapola in 2 years (other then add to his rap sheet), he’s overweight, 30 years old, a head case and can’t even make it through a full week of practice without having to rest his fat ass for a few days. Unless Sanchez has a golden donut hanging out of his ass the only thing he’s going to be snacking on is Kraft’s wallet. But by all means continue to be real excited!

  23. jetsuperbowl says: Aug 9, 2011 8:18 PM

    “sanchez gonna throw for 4000 yrds… write it down”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Herlies,

    Ne, gb, and indy don’t use the wildcat because that would mean taking the ball out of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, or Peyton Mannings hands, which would be stupid.

  25. green41563 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:49 PM

    As I’ve said before, a group of agenda-driven haters has attempted to re-write the quarterbacking rules in an effort to hold Mark Sanchez to a ridiculous, completely unrealistic standard.

    For the better part of the last 40 years, it’s been the common understanding that quarterbacks often take 3-5 years or more to develop. Drew Brees was considered a bust until his fourth year. Eli Manning didn’t have his first good season until his fifth year. Steve McNair had one 3,000-yard passing season through his first six years in the league. By the time that Terry Bradshaw was 26, he had thrown 48 TDs and 81 INTs. Through his first 10 seasons, the ballyhooed John Elways had thrown 158 TDs to 157 INTs.

    So give it a rest. He’s 24 years old.

    ________________________________________

    Well said. Couldn’t agree more.

  26. Who cares whether Sanchez throws for 4,000 yards? He doesn’t have to. Philip Rivers threw for almost 5,000, and he didn’t even make the playoffs. It’s about winning games.

  27. martinsec339 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:16 PM

    It is so sad that all of these jets haters have no creative ability. Every single one of you go to the feet jokes, meanwhile your just pissed off cause you don’t have a coach that will stick his head out for his players and is a loud mouth, you all have boring coaches that are so unsure of their team that they can’t go out and be in the spotlight. You can’t go to the well too many times before it runs dry, try to come up with something more creative than feet jokes and food jokes. Let’s see some 4th grade creativity skills put to work.

    ————————————————–
    I wish I had a coach that speaks loudly and carries a small stick.

    Oh wait….that’s not the saying!

  28. Sexiest foot contest to determine a winner — “I think we have three good pairs of feet to choose from [for the Wildcat],” Ryan said, “three delicious pairs of feet.

  29. I remember the Jets complaining about the Fins using the wildcat to smack them around. Bart Scott talking about line up and play us straight up and then they adopt the same playcalling. Lol

  30. CANT WAIT for the jets to beat all these haters team on here. its the same sh!t with the haters. feet jokes, bashing sanchez, etc. while you and your team watches us make a run at the super bowl again. have fun watching the jets in the playoffs again

  31. The Wildcat, also known as run side line to side line and do some fancy pre snap motions and get tackled for a 1 yard loss…..

    whoop-eeee!!!

  32. justentertainingthestupid says:
    Aug 9, 2011 11:28 PM
    jetsuperbowl says: Aug 9, 2011 8:18 PM

    “sanchez gonna throw for 4000 yrds… write it down”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    ___
    If his career numbers continue on the same trajectory as from his first to his second year, he will indeed throw for over 4000 yards, with a 90+ QB rating.

    On a different note, I see that you are indeed “just entertaining the stupid”, as it appears that you have amused yourself here with your vapid commentary.

  33. justentertainingthestupid says:
    Aug 10, 2011 4:07 PM
    right bozosfor all

    Let me spell it out for you jets fans because you guys like to have a spelling contest all the time….

    J- ust E- ntertaining T-he S-tupid

    J-E-T-S suck suck suck!

    __
    BTW, not a Jets fan. I just dislike loudmouthed fan bases like New England’s. Fans who never set foot on the field, worst local athletes in the US (which is why you guys have to root for the paid-for pro teams), pencil-necked geeks whose only connection with sports was the “Participation Ribbons” that you “won” in grade school soccer. LMAO

  34. hey sanchez haters and jets haters put it this way… in the season of 2009 2444 yards.. and 20 inters <— yea he sucked… but he was a first year rookie

    season of 2010 3300 yards with 13 inters major improvement with around 800 yards and 7 less interceptions.. The point is sanchez is obviously an improving quaterback and will have a good season this year.. As far as the wild cats rex knows his game and knows his team like no other coach does to theirs.. shockingly to most i believe the jets will have an amazing offense if their recievers step up to the game.. Edwards was a bad loss for the jets for sure.. brad smith made his own stupid decision.. he was good for the wild cats and special teams plays… but i'm sure the jets will progress without him..

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