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The Wildcat isn’t dead, just ask the Jets

Mike Tannenbaum, David Harris 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.

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  1. truthassassin says: Mar 21, 2012 11:57 PM

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

  2. paleandpasty says: Mar 21, 2012 11:58 PM

    Funny, i remember rex calling the wildcat a gimmick.

  3. mfpepin says: Mar 21, 2012 11:58 PM

    Whatever keeps Sanchez off the field.

  4. thejuddstir says: Mar 21, 2012 11:59 PM

    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.

  5. rollteal says: Mar 21, 2012 11:59 PM

    Jets @ Jags SNF ?

  6. bspurloc says: Mar 22, 2012 12:00 AM

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

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

  7. waitingguilty says: Mar 22, 2012 12:00 AM

    This should go well.

  8. jolink653 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:00 AM

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

  9. hawkitnow says: Mar 22, 2012 12:00 AM

    The only thing dead are their playoff hopes next season.

  10. grandpoopah says: Mar 22, 2012 12:01 AM

    The New York Jets franchise just officially jumped the shark.

  11. damnyoulinelliot says: Mar 22, 2012 12:02 AM

    Jets may think they can master the Wildcat, but 31 other teams know how to stop it. This isn’t 2009 anymore.

  12. justentertainingthestupid says: Mar 22, 2012 12:02 AM

    This is buffoonery.

  13. mikelitoris1 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:02 AM

    Joe Namath is baffled.

  14. 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.

  15. outlawshark says: Mar 22, 2012 12:03 AM

    “The Wildcat isn’t dead, just ask the Jets”
    _________________

    Tebow will resurrect it.

  16. gumbogumbo says: Mar 22, 2012 12:03 AM

    Jets Gone Wild in NY

  17. jmcgoblue says: Mar 22, 2012 12:03 AM

    good stuff. keep it coming.

  18. mobuccsfan says: Mar 22, 2012 12:04 AM

    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.

  19. rajbais says: Mar 22, 2012 12:05 AM

    Yes, but the Jets’ Super Bowl chances are!!!

  20. freedomispopular says: Mar 22, 2012 12:05 AM

    Of course its not dead. Denver ran it most of last season.

  21. peternorth1 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:05 AM

    Move over Fireman ED there’s a new mascot in town and and his name is Tebow.

  22. 49erdynasty says: Mar 22, 2012 12:06 AM

    This publicity stunt is already working out for the Jets.

  23. psychonolfi says: Mar 22, 2012 12:09 AM

    By that dumb ass look on his face, he knows he’s f&^%ed.

  24. emaimo80 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:09 AM

    Can you imagine Rex Ryan’s fat ass actually practicing the wildcat!!!!

  25. vincentbojackson says: Mar 22, 2012 12:09 AM

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

  26. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 22, 2012 12:11 AM

    Hey jets!Is the Wildcat dead?

  27. staffordsyear says: Mar 22, 2012 12:11 AM

    What happened to the jets?

  28. billsfan27 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:11 AM

    The Jets are a dunce cap away from hilarity.

  29. shadowgm1 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:11 AM

    In other news tonight…the New York Jets are a complete train wreck of a mess…

  30. nekelund says: Mar 22, 2012 12:12 AM

    With Tebow AND Sanchez, Rex Ryan is confidently predicting 2 Superbowls this year.

  31. blue22ro says: Mar 22, 2012 12:12 AM

    will he return kicks too?

  32. lilb360 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:13 AM

    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!!!!

  33. thesixersbench says: Mar 22, 2012 12:13 AM

    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.

  34. j0esixpack says: Mar 22, 2012 12:16 AM

    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.

  35. jmann3157 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:17 AM

    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.

  36. cardmagnet says: Mar 22, 2012 12:17 AM

    Nobody said it was dead. It’s just no longer effective. Just ask the Dolphins.

  37. sb139422 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:17 AM

    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

  38. crimhollingsworth says: Mar 22, 2012 12:18 AM

    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.

  39. grannyvi4 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:21 AM

    This is going to be fun.

  40. mrslay1 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:21 AM

    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!!!

  41. nremi85 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:23 AM

    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

  42. jeffield1 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:23 AM

    Another desperate cry for attention in the city that
    Bleeds Blue

  43. coachryanmurray says: Mar 22, 2012 12:24 AM

    Holycat.

  44. discosucs2005 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:24 AM

    And I’m bored of this topic.

  45. ravenator says: Mar 22, 2012 12:27 AM

    Over / Under on the unemployment of Mark Sanchez?

  46. sullijo1 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:29 AM

    Why does it feel so peaceful here in Denver? Like a burden has been lifted off our shoulders?

  47. jrs1972 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:29 AM

    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.

  48. 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.

  49. chawk12thman says: Mar 22, 2012 12:30 AM

    Tebow as TE works……

  50. randygnyc says: Mar 22, 2012 12:37 AM

    The only thing dead is Sanchez’ career, after the Tebow RESURRECTION in NY.

  51. blacc24 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:37 AM

    Now the Jets have two quarterbacks that can’t throw.

  52. billsfan1 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:39 AM

    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.

  53. unomasmore says: Mar 22, 2012 12:40 AM

    The team I saw defend the Tebow Offense the best last year: The Pats.

  54. bigheadpat says: Mar 22, 2012 12:41 AM

    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.”

  55. bspurloc says: Mar 22, 2012 12:42 AM

    .
    rex wanted Tebow cuz he likes his feet

  56. descendency says: Mar 22, 2012 12:43 AM

    Now the jets have the ultimate excuse to slowly work Tebow in over Sanchez: Wildcat plays!

    lol.

  57. KIR says: Mar 22, 2012 12:46 AM

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

  58. stonedwhitetrash says: Mar 22, 2012 12:49 AM

    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

  59. mnajb says: Mar 22, 2012 12:52 AM

    BBBBlaaaazer.

  60. maverick5266 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:53 AM

    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!

  61. 84sgl says: Mar 22, 2012 12:53 AM

    Santonio Holms is probably contemplating a trade demand as his role continues to sink

  62. CKL says: Mar 22, 2012 12:55 AM

    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?

  63. jcjets says: Mar 22, 2012 12:56 AM

    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.

  64. mwcarolina says: Mar 22, 2012 12:58 AM

    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.

  65. nflconspiracytheoristdeluxe says: Mar 22, 2012 1:01 AM

    Get ready for the re incarceration of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

    ___________________

    I think you mean “reincarnation” but your word works too.

  66. mnajb says: Mar 22, 2012 1:03 AM

    The Jets needed a running back, right?

  67. reggiebush25 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:14 AM

    The Jets now have two of the worst QBs in the NFL…

  68. reggiebush25 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:16 AM

    Timsanity Baby!!!!!!!!!!!

  69. goforthanddie says: Mar 22, 2012 1:16 AM

    Remember when the Wildcat wasn’t called the Wildcat, and nobody gave a rat about it? Ahh, the good ol’ days…

  70. pooinyourface says: Mar 22, 2012 1:19 AM

    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

  71. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 22, 2012 1:19 AM

    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?!?!

  72. pooinyourface says: Mar 22, 2012 1:20 AM

    J

  73. reggiebush25 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:20 AM

    Rex Ryan is borned again…no more cussing!!!!! Tim will save the lockerroom!!!!

  74. pooinyourface says: Mar 22, 2012 1:20 AM

    E

  75. pooinyourface says: Mar 22, 2012 1:21 AM

    T

  76. pooinyourface says: Mar 22, 2012 1:21 AM

    S

  77. pooinyourface says: Mar 22, 2012 1:22 AM

    JETS!
    JETS!
    JETS!!!

  78. 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.

  79. stanklepoot says: Mar 22, 2012 5:32 AM

    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.

  80. stanklepoot says: Mar 22, 2012 5:46 AM

    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.

  81. philyeagles5 says: Mar 22, 2012 6:11 AM

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

  82. gavriloprincip33 says: Mar 22, 2012 6:42 AM

    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…

  83. wicky888 says: Mar 22, 2012 7:07 AM

    This whole experiment is gonna go over like a fart in church.

  84. jets13 says: Mar 22, 2012 7:11 AM

    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

  85. 7to10for6allday says: Mar 22, 2012 7:20 AM

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

  86. steeelfann says: Mar 22, 2012 8:04 AM

    Ahhhh, yes and the Dolphins used the wildcat to whip the Pats 22-21 back in 2009. Hmmmm, those crafty little Jets.

  87. kevinb73 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:16 AM

    Who are the Jets?

  88. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Mar 22, 2012 8:19 AM

    If the QB takes the snap, it is not the “Wildcat.” it’s the “Shotgun.”

  89. whatswiththehate says: Mar 22, 2012 8:25 AM

    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.

  90. hartleechung says: Mar 22, 2012 8:33 AM

    Mike Tannenbaum is quite funny. And a rat. And not a good GM. Let him reap what he sows. 8-8 maybe.

  91. mecheng04 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:33 AM

    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.

  92. propertyofthebroncos says: Mar 22, 2012 8:38 AM

    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!

  93. miamimike1 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:41 AM

    When will we hear the remake for BENNIE & THE JETS WITH TEBOW & THE JETS? :-)

  94. cjspiller12 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:47 AM

    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!!

  95. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 22, 2012 9:12 AM

    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.

  96. theandy59 says: Mar 22, 2012 9:14 AM

    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….

  97. yanksbills says: Mar 22, 2012 9:31 AM

    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.

  98. demonspank says: Mar 22, 2012 10:01 AM

    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.

  99. mrslay1 says: Mar 22, 2012 11:37 AM

    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.

  100. ductguy says: Mar 23, 2012 11:13 AM

    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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