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Bills say Tebow won’t do anything in the Wildcat they haven’t seen

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The Jets didn’t run a single snap of the Wildcat offense during the preseason, deciding not to put anything on film for opposing teams to see, and to wait until the regular season to unveil Tim Tebow in the Wildcat — or whatever kind of Tebow-led offense they plan to employ. But players on the Bills’ defense say whatever the Jets do, they’ll be ready.

Bills linebacker Nick Barnett downplayed the idea that the Jets could have something in store for the Bills that they haven’t seen before.

Anything they’re doing is not new,” Barnett told the Buffalo News. “It’s the NFL, and everything’s been done before, and it’ll be done again. The things you prepare for are the history. What that offensive coordinator’s done mixed with what [the Jets] did last year. Obviously, there are going to be some new plays they haven’t done, but Tebow has done a lot of those things in Denver. A lot of the things he was successful at in Denver, I’m sure they won’t vacate those.”

Bills cornerback Terrence McGee indicated that the defense is watching film of Tebow in Denver, as well as the offense that Jets coordinator Tony Sparano ran in Miami, to get an idea of what to expect.

“They really didn’t show any of it in preseason,” McGee said. “So you just kind of assume. There are only certain things you can do with the Wildcat anyway. You just go out with an idea of what they were doing in Miami and what they did in Denver and then adjust to what we see.”

Bills quarterbacks coach David Lee is the former Dolphins assistant who taught the Wildcat to Sparano, and Bills receiver Brad Smith ran the Wildcat during his time with the Jets, so Buffalo’s defense should have plenty of help preparing. Unless Barnett is wrong, and the Jets have something up their sleeves that the Bills have never seen.

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34 Responses to “Bills say Tebow won’t do anything in the Wildcat they haven’t seen”
  1. yelix says: Sep 3, 2012 12:52 PM

    The Bills were one of the few teams that flustered Tebow last year. I think they’ll be just fine, in the event that Tebow sees the field on offense.

  2. grogansheroes says: Sep 3, 2012 12:54 PM

    Jesus will have nothing to do with this game. Not a fan of either team, but see a Bills win 34-9. Jets don’t find the end zone, unless the defense does.

  3. latenightroach says: Sep 3, 2012 12:54 PM

    With no TD’s in the preseason I wouldn’t be afraid of any Sparano led offense either.

  4. nestaaali says: Sep 3, 2012 12:55 PM

    Bills are just saying what everyone already knows. The Jets have looked foolish all preseason with their “hiding” of the Tebow-wildcat or whatever they’ll have him running. There’s nothing that the Jets can do that will surprise anyone. Tebow has glaring limitations, so when he trots out on the field, opposing defenses will know exactly what he’s there for. Jets aren’t fooling anyone but themselves. As if we haven’t seen the wildcat or the triple option played before. I think New England and their horribly ranked defense showed people in the playoffs last season how to handle Timothy Tebow.

    Gonna be a long season for the Jets.

  5. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 3, 2012 1:46 PM

    With the bills’ addition of over the hill, washed up veterans on defense, all opponents will score at will regardless of offensive formation.

  6. blackbug99 says: Sep 3, 2012 2:12 PM

    Even Jest fans have to be wondering if Ryan and Sanchize are ever going to do anything besides talk!

  7. rudy5618 says: Sep 3, 2012 2:14 PM

    So they are spending time and energy preparing for the backup quarterback…that means the Jets have already won round1 the mental game

  8. notsurewhy2 says: Sep 3, 2012 2:15 PM

    The Jets find the endzone but the Bills win

    28-10

  9. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 3, 2012 2:16 PM

    Pretty much all Tebow can ever do is run over some light-tackling DBs.
    One truck pony. Everyone has seen it.
    If the DBs didn’t mind getting in there and getting their panties dirty, there’d be nothing to talk about….

  10. andrewfbrowne says: Sep 3, 2012 2:18 PM

    I think Tebow is biggest smoke screen ever, I think Jets come out and go four wide and try to throw ball all over the lot.

  11. geniusfan says: Sep 3, 2012 2:23 PM

    Not a good division for Tebow to be in. The Dolphins made him look terrible but somehow blew it in the end because well they’re the Dolphins.

    Meanwhile The Patriots and Bills beat Tebow’s Broncos by a combined score of 126 to 47.

    Good luck Jets fans you’re going to need it.

  12. stevenfbrackett says: Sep 3, 2012 2:26 PM

    Bills say Tebow won’t do anything in the Wildcat they haven’t seen

    Au contraire — when was the last time you saw someone miss the intended receiver by 10 yards – to the left?

  13. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 3, 2012 2:26 PM

    Bills defensive MVP of game vs the Jets? That would be the Sanchez/Tebow dynamic duo.

  14. billsfan27 says: Sep 3, 2012 2:49 PM

    How long before it goes from being called the Tebow-led-Wildcat to the “Jerk-In-The-Box”?

  15. rexachss says: Sep 3, 2012 3:01 PM

    We Bills nation are not worried about Tim Tebow…its Shone Greene who keeps gashing us!

  16. timb12 says: Sep 3, 2012 3:22 PM

    So what you’re telling me is they’ve been preparing for it? Chalk one up for a Mr. Rex Ryan! Haha

  17. kgun80 says: Sep 3, 2012 6:46 PM

    How do you prepare for overthrown and under thrown passes?

  18. yinzgotsix says: Sep 3, 2012 7:13 PM

    Don’t overlook him, he did beat the steelers in the WC round last year. PATHETIC for the greatest franchise ever.

  19. knucklebucket says: Sep 3, 2012 7:32 PM

    The coach who worked with Sparano in Miami on the wildcat is now in Buffalo. I don’t know his name but my understanding is that he was the brains behind Miami’s success with the WC. I look forward to the Bills dismantling the Jets offensive attack.

  20. crosbynation87 says: Sep 3, 2012 7:55 PM

    The only thing that tebow will do to surprise the bills is if he actually completes passes. The bills are going to murder which ever useless qb the jets send out on the field anyway. Bills win in a blowout

  21. green41563 says: Sep 3, 2012 8:39 PM

    Surprise is an element, yes, but the main element is that Tebow is the ideal wildcat quarterback. You can prepare all you like; it’s stopping him on the field that’s the problem.

    “But! But! But! He’s not an accurate passer.”

    Yes, that right. He’s not an accurate passer. So what? It didn’t stop him from taking a moribund, utterly hapless 1-4 Broncos team and going 8-5 the rest of the way. Why? Because the things Tebow does to improve the running game–not only as a runner out of the backfield but also as a decoy–are significant. Or do you suppose it’s a coincidence that the Broncos led the league in rushing with Willis McGehee as their lead back?
    Moreover, when Tebow does complete a pass, it tends to be a big-gainer. He was tied for third in the league in yards per completion, and that helps to offset his completion percentage somewhat.

  22. jetsarestacked says: Sep 3, 2012 8:49 PM

    whole lot of chatter for a guy who probably will play 5 snaps or less each game on offense.

    anyway, i like the jets in this game. their offense wont be as bad as the media says it is and their defense will be among the toughest in the league. i just dont see fitzpatrick doing enough to win.

    jets win 20-10

  23. truths4all says: Sep 3, 2012 9:03 PM

    What excuses will they give if he Jets blow them out?

  24. jetsfan1003 says: Sep 3, 2012 9:37 PM

    1. Yes, it may be a long season for the Jets – of course that could also mean it lasts long into February! Ok, yes I am probably dreaming – but so is the guy who predicts a 34 – 9 Bills win. You think the Bills are going to score 34 against the Jets defense? – are you kidding me??!! Sanchez and Tebow may both struggle but a blowout (especially by the Bills) isn’t going to happen.

    Here is the realistic scenario for the Jets (and yes, I am a life-long, long suffering Jets fan)… The Jets are going to have to win a LOT of close games (outstanding defense, questionable offense) to make the playoffs. The season-opener will probably be a very strong predictor of the rest of the season (unlike the preseason where I believe the AFC East team record and points scored was simply pathetic).

    If the Jets win BIG, they are likely to go to the playoffs and the Bills will be playing golf early. If the Bills win BIG then the Bills are likely playoff bound and thumbs down for the Jets.

    IMO, most likely outcome (the game is a home game remember for the Jets) is Jets 13 Bills 10. And candidly if I am right, that will prove absolutely NOTHING, and we will have to wait for weeks 2 – 17 to see what happens!

  25. whatswiththehate says: Sep 3, 2012 10:12 PM

    It’s amazing that with Tebow even three years into his season, teams have to make amends for his lacking QB skills.

    And, unlike Cam, RG III and others, Tebow is allowed to be a running QB instead of a QB who runs all because of those who are ademently shoving him down our throats, the media.

  26. kgun80 says: Sep 3, 2012 10:21 PM

    Green41563 says
    Moreover, when Tebow does complete a pass, it tends to be a big-gainer. He was tied for third in the league in yards per completion, and that helps to offset his completion percentage somewhat.

    Yeah that’s right when he completes a pass??? He has a 6.8 yd per completion average?
    And @ jetsarestacked….
    Really.. Everyone is wrong about the Jets O? Your name speaks volumes for how vast your football knowledge must be.
    Fitzpatrick won’t have to do much.. 17 wins!! By 4:15 Sunday I expect to hear so many excuses about why the Jets lost!!! CANT WAIT!!

  27. waldoampere says: Sep 3, 2012 10:46 PM

    “…see a Bills win 34-9. ”

    You must be assuming a ton of defensive and special teams points from the Bills because there’s no way Fitzpatrick can put up 34 against the Jets defense.

  28. grlscout says: Sep 3, 2012 11:19 PM

    “So they are spending time and energy preparing for the backup quarterback…that means the Jets have already won round1 the mental game”

    Im not so sure anyone needed to spend anytime preparing for Tebow. Seriously, its Tebow.

  29. borisbulldog says: Sep 3, 2012 11:24 PM

    TBlow will start for the Jets by week 5!

  30. warrenpeacephotography says: Sep 3, 2012 11:28 PM

    “The Bills were one of the few teams that flustered Tebow last year.”

    There would have been more teams that flustered Tebow, but he only played 10 teams, so naturally the list isn’t any longer than that.

  31. warrenpeacephotography says: Sep 3, 2012 11:30 PM

    “It didn’t stop him from taking a moribund, utterly hapless 1-4 Broncos team and going 8-5 the rest of the way”

    Too bad that isn’t what happened. The Broncos schedule got much easier. Orton was and is the far, far, FAR better QB. The Broncos won DESPITE having Tebow at QB, not because of it.

  32. orakpocalypse says: Sep 4, 2012 3:39 AM

    Cromartie is the best QB on the team, they should start him.

  33. captiancaveman2 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:12 AM

    It’s amazing how much stock people are putting into a few meaningless preseason games. Please go back and look at some historical preseason records vs. regular season records to see how silly that is.

    The Bills are 1-5 vs. the Jets in the Ryan era. The one win came in a game where Sanchez was a rookie and threw 5 INT’s and they still only won by 3 points.

    Did the Bills improve? Of course they did, but so did the Jets. If anything this should be a low scoring, close defensive game. All the predictions of a blowout are based on media hype.

    Get a grip people.

  34. jetstizzi85 says: Sep 4, 2012 10:11 AM

    Tony Sparano lead teams (as Miami HC) are 5-2 against the Bills…just saying

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