The Wildcat isn’t dead, just ask the Jets

AP

Jet G.M. Mike Tannenbaum held a post-Tebow trade conference call on Wednesday night. Perhaps the most prominent theme of Tannenbaum’s comments involved the Jets’ big plans for the Wildcat package with Tim Tebow at the helm, and Wildcat aficionado Tony Sparano coordinating the new-look offense.

Tannenbaum insisted that the Jets “believe” in the Wildcat, and repeatedly called the offensive set “very difficult to defend.” Tannenbaum explained that Tebow will be at the controls.

“We have a vision for the player, we have a role for the player,” Tannenbaum said. At least twice the Jets’ general manager referred to Tebow as a “dynamic playmaker.”

From all indications, the Wildcat will be a huge part of the Jets’ 2012 offense.

Wildcat infatuation isn’t a new development at Jets headquarters. Head coach Rex Ryan wanted to run the Wildcat more as recently as late last season. Ryan even spent an entire week practicing the Wildcat leading up to an early-December game against Washington.

On game day, the Jets rushed seven times for 26 yards out of Wildcat formations, and beat the Rex Gr0ssman-led Redskins.

So in the Jets’ minds, at least, the Wildcat is actually far from dead.

100 responses to “The Wildcat isn’t dead, just ask the Jets

  1. Can’t wait to see them play the RG3-led Redskins… Likewise, I think Tebow will be great in their Wildcat system

  2. I’m sick of the “wildcat”, sick of “the jets”, sick of “rexy ryan”, sick of “the sanchize”, sick of “tebowmania” but I’m smilin’ cuz they all deserve each other……if the jets thought their locker room was dysfunctional last year, they ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

  3. .
    pathetic….
    jets needed to stop doing it… run run wildcat punt

    they refuse to throw on 3rd down for fear of an INT.

  4. of course because you know the dolphins were so successful with the wildcat in 2009 after they introduced it in 2008…

  5. The wildcat isn’t dead, but Sanchez’ career is certainly dead.

    I can hear the chants of Tebow now. What like, week 2, week 3? One interception, and he’ll soon be the new designated backup. Meanwhile, it won’t be the decision of Rex, Mike or any other authoritative figure to play Tebow, it will be because the media capital of the world demands an appearance. Get ready for the re incarceration of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

  6. dumb, dumb, dumb. Dumb for Tebow, if he indeed have a choice on where to go, then a dumb decision. Dumb for the Jets and the Wildcat is dumb. it was fad for half a season. Get over it already.

    On to other matters, questions for the guys at PFT…in regards to the $2.5 million the Jets have to agree to pay. How does that work exactly? I was wondering that today. Does that mean the Donks have that money to add to their available cap and the Jets subtract from what they have in Cap space? And I would presume it is different if paying money for a coach, as the buccaneers did to land Gruden? I was just curious on the process. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    And one last thing…sorry, beating a dead horse I know, but this is just dumb. I almost feel like Tebow can’t help but to have to be in the spotlight…just get that feeling.

  7. Translation:
    We gotta resort to gimmicks because we don’t have a quarterback on the roster that can throw the football.

  8. Anyone ask Cromartie how he feels about this? Course not, who gives a rip what a half assed corner with birth control issues, and no concept of the English language has to say.

    Idiot Nation!!!!

  9. There can only be one.

    Quarterback, that is.

    If Sanchez struggles, Tebow will take over. Right or wrong, the masses will demand it.

    Tebow’s greatest test lies ahead.

    We’ll see.

  10. Does Sanchez have any confidence left?

    Signs with the Jets as a college junior, has a head coach who guarantees he’ll win a Super Bowl two years in a row and has Epic Fails… has the same coach pledge that Sanchez will always be the starter and promptly flirts with Manning and pulls the trigger to bring the starter from the Broncos.

    Yeah, Sanchez’s confidence must be sky high. Good coaching Wrecks.

  11. far from dead… yeah rite tebows not that good. rex ryan is a defensive guy so who’s gonna plan it. d will b scary with landry though he’s a though player. tebow will get hurt if he keeps running. the bounties r over but I’m sure someone wants to hit him hard.

  12. ya mike keep concentrating on our issues. you know the ones involving all the problems weve been having at quarterba… wait you got ANOTHER BACKUP?! how about fixing up the problems at starters ever think of that? wayne hunter? bart scott? are ya gonna pick up another safety? passrusher? receiver maybe?? morons. tough to be a jets fan

  13. OK so let me get this straight- Tebow is now going to be by far #1 in Jets jersey sales and likely top 10 in sales for the entire league, that much is guaranteed, and is great for the Jets. But are we really going to pretend that all these new Gang Tebow fans aren’t going to be yelling
    “TEBOW! TEBOW!” as soon as Sanchez throws his first pick? Riiiiiight.

  14. Nobody can run the “wildcat” as good as Tebow. And though he nay not be a Manning, he can through enough to keep some one off balance. This could be interesting. The problem I see will be as always Ryans big mouth!!!

  15. Tebow aint running no 200 yrd gme another running back getting 1oo yrds and snchez aint throwing for 200 in the saame day with a total of 7 touhdowns and having him throw for some to….that was the dolphins not the jets , sprano got fired when it no longer worked so lets carry it to the jets and get fired agaiin u bum

  16. I just dont get it, you have a qb that cant throw and your fix for that is getting a qb that is even worse at throwing.

    I dont know if anyone in ny has been informed but a qb’s job is to throw, and you STILL need one that can do that.

  17. Comparing what the Jets plan to do with what the Dolphins did is a little unfair to the Jets. You have to remember, while Tebow’s ability to pass is considered poor for a starting NFL quarterback, he’s still an infinitely more competent passer than Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams. The fact that defenses will have to legitimately look for him throw the ball when he’s on the field in that formation should help them running it too.

    I’m skeptical sure. But, this may seriously work.

  18. Going unnoticed in all of this is that the bills rEsigned Derek hagan with the sole purpose of allowing Laron Landry to be able to cover somebody.

  19. In related news….At Patriot Place tonight Darth hoodie was dining on a plate of kittens, babies, and a side of gimmicky football plays. He briefly paused to sneer, “Silly jets. You people make me laugh.”

  20. Indy has the worst record for the season and Sanchez comes out the big loser. “Who Woulda Thunk It?”

  21. Tebow’s job will be for him to lead Rex away from Satan and into the arms of Jesus, and for Rex to stop uttering that dirty word that Tebow knows nothing about

  22. The wildcat may not be dead, but the Jets playoff and Superbowl dreams sure are.

    Jesus is on his way to New York and if I was a New Yorker I would thank God every day for one thing………….

    The New York Giants!

  23. I’m not one to just dump on the Jets for everything they do, even though I hate them. I’ve stuck up for RR, Sanchez etc. But today was a total and complete laughathon…sorry to the good Jets fans.Now we have LaCanfora saying via Twitter that Stanton may ask for his release because when they signed him he was told they weren’t looking at any more QBs. Tannenbaum is a moron. Seriously. How is this going to end well?

    Which Parcells protege has had a worse week? Tanny, Ireland or Payton?

  24. anyone that thinks jet fans will be calling for tebow to start is out of their mind. ny isnt a college football town. tebow isnt a starting nfl qb. if sanchez has another bad year he’ll be gone but tebow wont start a game for the jets at qb.

  25. wow, didnt Rex Ryan say the wildcat was a gimmick??? he seems to love this gimmick doesnt he???? i dont understand why Tebow went there when he knows he wont start, at least in Jacksonville, there’s a better chance to start.

  26. Hahahahhaa waaaaaaah Waaaaah cry little pithiest, Jets accomplish nothing and still steal ur little hick teams headlines hahaaaabaaaaaaahahaha. Waaaaah boohoo hahahaha ina go have a snack while u cry in ur little hick villages hahahah waahhh

  27. You know why the Wildcat worked for the Dolphins in 2008? Cuz people were surprised by it and didn’t know it was coming or what it would look like.

    You know why it died? Because you can only do so much and people figured it out.

    So what good is announcing to the whole world your “surprise” offense in the offseason. When teams have all this time to prepare?!?!

  28. Not a huge Jets fan but if I was a betting man I’d bet they go 11-5 next year now. Not a Tebow fan either but there is something about him that is undeniable. Smartest thing the jets have done in a long time.

  29. Yeah, the wildcat was hard to defend when the Fins first started using it. Then other teams got more tape on it and learned how to deal with it. Now, the wildcat can be used for the rare “mess with their heads” play, but if they see you use it fairly regularly they can prepare for it easy enough. Kind of like Tebow last year. Once teams got some tape on him and could game plan for him, he became much less effective. Those thrilling run plays turned into 15 and 20 yard sacks.

  30. Btw, whoever it is in the Jets organization that thinks Tebow is going to solve their locker room issues is a fool. Sanchez already has self-confidence issues that hurt his ability to lead the locker room. Cromartie has been very vocal already about how he feels about Tebow. Santonio already went nuts last season because he wasn’t getting the ball enough. Do they think throwing in wildcat plays for Tebow is going to make him any happier? Those are just the ones we know about. Besides, they’re bringing Tebow in to be the backup/gimmick play QB. The backup can’t be the team leader. He can’t command the same deference, and even if he could, it would only make things worse for the starter whose going to be on the field the vast majority of the time. Finally, does anyone really think this is the type of locker room that would really respond to someone like Tebow. When you send a nerd to detention, the other kids don’t walk out of the room scholars. The nerd keeps to himself and keeps quiet or he gets beat down after school.

  31. are people actually buying this? they are saying this so Sanchez doesnt start crying. they believe in the wildcat? give me a break.

  32. kungfubillysims says:
    Mar 22, 2012 1:23 AM
    Not a huge Jets fan but if I was a betting man I’d bet they go 11-5 next year now. Not a Tebow fan either but there is something about him that is undeniable. Smartest thing the jets have done in a long time.

    ————–

    Stick with the Kung Fu; betting would put you in the poor house and your family back on food stamps…

  33. pathetic….
    jets needed to stop doing it… run run wildcat punt

    they refuse to throw on 3rd down for fear of an INT.
    —————————————————————–

    This guy has clearly never watched a Jets game, schotty never ran the ball

  34. Morons! Terrible regime, terrible locker room chemistry and 2 QBs that can’t throw. No problems here….

  35. ravenator says:Mar 22, 2012 12:03 AM

    The wildcat isn’t dead, but Sanchez’ career is certainly dead.

    I can hear the chants of Tebow now. What like, week 2, week 3? One interception, and he’ll soon be the new designated backup. Meanwhile, it won’t be the decision of Rex, Mike or any other authoritative figure to play Tebow, it will be because the media capital of the world demands an appearance. Get ready for the re incarceration of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.
    —————–
    Could it be anymore clear who is now running the NFL.

    Endlessly attack by the media of QB for his throwing skills but be all happy happy, joy joy because as soon as he screws up he will be replaced by another QB whose throwing skills are even suspected. Oh yes, a “running QB” is good when it’s Tim Tebow but bad for other QBs like Cam, and RG III. Talk about making living in a universe where the rules get made up as you go along. Welcome to the media owned NFL.

    Barnum knew what he was talking about when he said, “A sucker is born every second of the day.” Tim Tebow is pure media clownishness. That is why he will be as relevant as they make him. Move over Kim Kadashian, another “media created” star is on the rise.

  36. letsgolos says:Mar 22, 2012 12:30 AM

    Comparing what the Jets plan to do with what the Dolphins did is a little unfair to the Jets. You have to remember, while Tebow’s ability to pass is considered poor for a starting NFL quarterback, he’s still an infinitely more competent passer than Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams. The fact that defenses will have to legitimately look for him throw the ball when he’s on the field in that formation should help them running it too.

    I’m skeptical sure. But, this may seriously work.
    ———————————————————-
    And that’s the evolution of the Wildcat…A legitimate passing threat. What do you do as a defense if you have Sanchez and Tebow at the same time? Sanchez could throw, Tebow could throw, Tebow could run…Tebow throws a good deep ball which would make half back passes highly effective.

  37. sanchez is crying now, he knows he will always be terrible and Tebow is going to get put in after the fans pressure Rex, and then he won’t do anything for the team but will get all the credit for anything that happens and none of the blame. I know…Broncos fan that is SO excited he’s out of Denver!

  38. Tebow was so bad with completions while playing for Denver………. but now that he is a New York Jet, maybe he can teach Mark Sanchez to throw better interceptions!!

  39. Come on guys. The Jets have lots of reason to be optimistic here. All it takes is one key player to make the Wildcat work and bring the Jets offense to life. As long as that player isn’t Brad Smith, Leon Washington, Joe McKnight, or Jeremy Kerley apparently.

  40. The Wildcat is actually pretty easy to defend. Force the ball carrier to throw by attacking the run. If the player could actually throw, they wouldn’t be in the wildcat to begin with.

    Reminds me of the old saying – if you have two QB’s, you don’t really have a QB. Of course, if I were a Jets fan I would probably applaud anything that got Sanchez off the field….

  41. As a Bills fan this in only good news. Tebow is not difficult to beat, and with a bolstered D line I’m not expecting a whole lot of Tebowmania this season. I’m pretty sure the Pats are happy about this too.

  42. WOW.

    7 times for 26 yards.

    With a 3.7ypc average, I can’t imagine running anything but the Wildcat. It’s a game-changer.

    I’m an Eagles fan and watched that season of pulling Donovan off the field to put Vick in for random plays. Worked really…. poorly. And as objectively as possibly I can be, Vick is a better passer and runner than Tim is.

    I don’t see the big payoff here.

  43. Vick is not Tebow. He may be faster, but can’t run over people like Tebow. And Tebow doesn’t get carried off the field after 1/3 of his runs. Also Tebow is a leader that men will follow, something Vick TDK will never be.

  44. I must say as a dolphins fan I’ve seen PLENTY of the wildcat and yes it worked the first few games till teams caught on just look at the stats since it came out they’ve dramatically dropped so yes it is dead and with that being said I feel bad for u jets fans cause Sparano sux way to conservative and it only disrupts your QB good luck on that though Sparano will drag your team down too

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