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Miller, Wilfork think Jets may not be “two teams” for long

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Jets guard Matt Slauson recently echoed the sentiments that trickled out after the Jets acquired quarterback Tim Tebow.  With Mark Sanchez as the starter and Tim Tebow as the part-time Wildcat option, the Jets will have two separate offenses, making it harder for defenses to get ready to face them.

Still, a couple of Pro Bowl defenders think that the Jets won’t be two teams for too long.  Broncos linebacker Von Miller, for example, believes that Tebow eventually will bump Sanchez to the sidelines.

“I think everybody is making a mistake if you think he’s just going to go there and be a Wildcat quarterback or a situational quarterback,” Miller said Monday, via comments distributed by the team.  “The Tebow that I know is just going to take it one day at a time, he’s going to grind, he’s going to come in and be consistent and you never know.  He could have that starting spot.  You never know what happens during games.  An injury and he’s the next guy up.  So, I think guys are mistaken if they just think he’s going to be a situational quarterback.  He’s going to go in there and he’s going to compete for that starting job.”

Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who faced Sanchez and Tebow twice each last season, separately was asked on Monday to pick a starter between the two.  “Tebow,” Wilfork said while taking part in the Patriots’ Hall Speaker Series, via the Boston Herald.  “He’s a winner.  He’s proven.”

Wilfork then apparently realized that what he said could be used again him when the Pats prepare to face the Jets this year.  “I mean, I’ll tell you what, both have positives and negatives,” Wilfork said.  “You really can’t go wrong.  I’m glad I’m not in that boat.  Put it like that.”

Still, Wilfork raved about Tebow before the Patriots hosted the Broncos in the playoffs.  “[H]e’s just a tough, tough guy to prepare for,” Wilfork said at the time, via ESPNBoston.com.  “You can speak all day about how tough he is, and how elusive he is, but it really don’t matter until you face him.  And when you face him, you really figure out, ‘Man, this dude is like a running back.’  He’s a big dude, a strong guy.  I know we talked about it, but I didn’t realize.  He’s just a physical guy, his stature, just a big guy.  I’ve seen some big guys over the years, but he’s probably one of the biggest and toughest, probably one of the strongest, that I’ve faced.”

Of course, Wilfork and the Patriots beat Tebow soundly last year, both times they played him:  41-23 in December and 45-10 in January.

If every quarterback was that tough to prepare for, the Pats would never lose a game.

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29 Responses to “Miller, Wilfork think Jets may not be “two teams” for long”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Apr 17, 2012 4:02 PM

    Way to destroy the 5th pick in the draft. Those Jets … genius I tell ya, genius.

  2. prettytonyt says: Apr 17, 2012 4:06 PM

    He picked Tebow as a QB he would rather have…

    Maybe because Sanchez beat the heck out of him in the playoffs?

  3. tfbuckfutter says: Apr 17, 2012 4:09 PM

    Wasn’t that Sanchez’ tag his first two years? He may not be pretty, but he’s a “winner”?

    Boy the Jets are collecting an awful lot of “winners”….too bad failure starts at the top.

  4. agelardi says: Apr 17, 2012 4:12 PM

    What exactly has Tebow proven?

  5. zidanevalor says: Apr 17, 2012 4:12 PM

    Without turning this article into a debate about how good either QB is, you just can’t make the argument that Tebow is better than Sanchez because Tebow is a “winner.”

    Tim Tebow has an 8-6 regular season record and one playoff win. Mark Sanchez has a 27-20 regular season record and FOUR playoff wins, all on the road I believe.

    I don’t want to argue how “good” either QB is, but you can’t make the “Tebow is a winner” argument when Sanchez has actually won more.

  6. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 17, 2012 4:16 PM

    Trust me, as a Broncos fan I can tell you with 100% certainty that the Jets WILL BE two teams.

    There will be one team comprised of true fans of the Jets.

    And there will be a team that is purely fans of one Timothy Richard.

    I luv me some Tebow and still mad he ain’t here to backup Manning, but his irrational fanbase can go to hell… or I guess in their case, heaven.

  7. cardiovascularendurance says: Apr 17, 2012 4:18 PM

    He’s just a tough, tough guy to prepare for. When he throws the ball, you literally have no idea where it could land. Just absolutely no idea whatsoever. I mean, how can you even begin to prepare for a guy like that? Belichick sure hasn’t figured it out yet…

  8. sschmiggles says: Apr 17, 2012 4:24 PM

    The only reason Tebow and Sanchez are “winners,” going strictly by ther win-loss record, is because of their defenses.

  9. prettytonyt says: Apr 17, 2012 4:35 PM

    The only reason Tebow and Sanchez are “winners,” going strictly by ther win-loss record, is because of their defenses.
    ============

    thats not true. who lost the AFC Champ game in 2009 for the Jets? The DEFENSE.

    Who lost the AFC Champ game in 2010 THE DEFENSE.

    The defense has always let Sanchez down in the AFC Champ games.

  10. adlent says: Apr 17, 2012 4:35 PM

    I think many believe the difference is that the Jets won large in spite of Sanchez, where the Broncos won because of Tebow.

    This may be a rather thin line, since Tebow wasn’t doing much for three quarters, but I would say that is the perception.

  11. ickabod665 says: Apr 17, 2012 4:37 PM

    As a Bills fan, i would love to see a QB controversy tear at the heart of the Jets. But i can’t imagine Vince Wilfork would feel the same way. Not a chance.

  12. tommyf15 says: Apr 17, 2012 4:38 PM

    Way to overreact to everything, Wilfork, Miller, and the rest of the world!

  13. rexismybff says: Apr 17, 2012 4:39 PM

    “I’ve seen some big guys over the years, but he’s probably one of the biggest and toughest, probably one of the strongest, that I’ve faced.”

    ==========================

    Tougher and stronger than the guy you play against in practice everyday — handsome Tom Bundchen??

    http://lobshots.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/brady_bundchen_12.jpg

    Hard to believe, Vince. Hard to believe…

  14. irishmike1973 says: Apr 17, 2012 4:39 PM

    Wilfork is super fat and got embarrassed in the super bowl

  15. broncos81 says: Apr 17, 2012 4:43 PM

    sschmiggles says:
    Apr 17, 2012 4:24 PM
    The only reason Tebow and Sanchez are “winners,” going strictly by ther win-loss record, is because of their defenses.

    ——————————————–
    Yep, that 20th ranked Broncos defense that gave up the most 40 point games and was 7-26, over the past 33 games is why Tebow is a winner. Really?

  16. johntonioholmes says: Apr 17, 2012 4:46 PM

    Wilfork prefers Tebow precisely because he is one of the few QBs worse than The Sanchez.

  17. stanklepoot says: Apr 17, 2012 4:47 PM

    “With Mark Sanchez as the starter and Tim Tebow as the part-time Wildcat option, the Jets will have two separate offenses, making it harder for defenses to get ready to face them.”
    _____________________________
    It’s funny how so many people want to focus on how difficult it supposedly will be for opposing defenses to prepare for a split offense, but seem to ignore the fact that it will also mean less time for the Jets’ offense to prepare for opposing defenses. With the new rules limiting training time and conditions, reps in practice are even more valuable than ever. If the Jets are really going to force opposing defenses to spend a fair amount of time preparing for two completely different offensive schemes they’re going to need to spend a noticeable amount of their own limited practice time running this secondary offense. That means that Sanchez is less likely to make that big leap they keep expecting him to make. It also means that Tebow won’t have a lot of time to try to develop the more traditional QB skill set. So, neither version of the Jets’ offense will have all of the training time they need, and neither QB will have the reps they need to reach their true potential. Wow, that will really mess with opposing defenses. smh

  18. beeronthefridge says: Apr 17, 2012 5:03 PM

    Last season patsies beat donkeys 41-23 in December and 45-10 in January.

    How many of the 86 points did wilkford score? ZERO!

    Had the donkeys shut down the patsies, they would have won both games.

    Wilkford’s comments clearly indicate his fat-clogged arteries are impeding complete blood flow to his brain.

  19. yahmule says: Apr 17, 2012 5:08 PM

    Wilfork is simply trying to get the quarterback controversy of a division rival stirred up just that much sooner. Totally unecessary as the Tebowites don’t need any encouragement being impatient and obnoxious.

  20. nyjalleffingday says: Apr 17, 2012 5:21 PM

    Why would Wilfork want to see Sanchez? He’s smoked them twice, once in the playoffs, and beaten them 3 times. He hasn’t even sacked Sanchez. The Patriots have done pretty well against Tebow, though…

  21. deathmonkey41 says: Apr 17, 2012 5:26 PM

    I can’t wait for Tebow to shotput a bunch of passes 12 yds out of the reach of receivers and have those drunk, angry Jet fans crucify him.

  22. usmutts says: Apr 17, 2012 5:54 PM

    Sanchez is a middling-good quarterback so far, with a good chance of becoming much better, given the right environment and coaching.

    But now he has to deal with competition from a media rock star who’s been on a total publicity blitz since signing with the Jets. Nevermind that Tebow is to quarterbacking as Paris Hilton is to acting. There’s going to be a firestorm of criticism of Sanchez the very first time he throws a pick six. Sanchez has no idea how bad this is going to get and no idea how to deal with it.

    All of this bodes ill for Sanchez ever improving as a player and it likely will destroy the Jets’ chances of making the playoffs.

    You Jets fans need to have some patience here, because this time next year Rex Ryan and Tannenbaum will likely be gone. Maybe Sanchez too.

  23. hatesycophants says: Apr 17, 2012 7:54 PM

    These are not the comments of intelligent men. We should expect nothing more.

  24. lucyl15 says: Apr 17, 2012 8:08 PM

    @agelardi

    Tebow’s proven quite a lot actually. With only 16 total starts in the NFL, in 2011 he won 7 out of his first 8 games, had 5 consecutive road wins, won all four overtime games and, after losing Lloyd, Dawkins, Kuper and Decker along the way (and Miller severely hampered with a cast) won his first playoff game breaking all sorts of records in the process–fastest overtime win (11 seconds) in a playoff game, most yards (316) PASSING against the top defense in the league, highest average PASSING yards per completion (31.6), and highest average PASSING yds per attempt (15+).

    Tebow’s a force and a winner, and he’s only going to keep getting better.

  25. pandebailey says: Apr 17, 2012 11:49 PM

    What a joke – the Pats beat Tebow like a drum….. by a total of 50+ points in two games.

    I’m surprised Wilfolk didn’t suggest the Jets would be unbeatable if they just had 90-year-old Joe Namath starting for them!

    Yeah right, thanks for the tip Vince…..

  26. richc111 says: Apr 18, 2012 12:30 AM

    Don’t those two guys know they are suppose to publicly bash Tebow and predict his failure. That is much more interesting then saying he is going to succeed.

  27. applecool1981 says: Apr 18, 2012 2:17 AM

    prettytonyt says: Apr 17, 2012 4:35 PM

    The only reason Tebow and Sanchez are “winners,” going strictly by ther win-loss record, is because of their defenses.
    ============

    thats not true. who lost the AFC Champ game in 2009 for the Jets? The DEFENSE.

    Who lost the AFC Champ game in 2010 THE DEFENSE.

    The defense has always let Sanchez down in the AFC Champ games.”

    ——————————————————————————————————–

    If Sanchez and Tebow didn’t have their teams’ defensive units, they would’ve never made the playoffs period.

  28. patsfiend says: Apr 18, 2012 12:46 PM

    Both of these QB’s rely on the D and running game to get them the W’s. Jets can put whoever they want back there and it’s not going to make a difference unless those two elements of the Jets game are solid. Neither is winning a QB shoot-out any time soon, and especially not against the hated Pats.

  29. dynaco says: Apr 20, 2012 4:30 PM

    Fudgie the whale wouldn’t recognize a winner if he ran right over him. Funny how when it is mentioned that Mark has already beaten Willy and Tim hasn’t the posts get thumbs down. Why is that? All I know is if the Pats got Tebow they would be some kind of genius. Go figure?

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