When the New York Jets traded for Tim Tebow this offseason, speculation began immediately about what his role would be.
Some wondered if it’s only a matter of time before Tebow wrestles the starting quarterback job away from Mark Sanchez. Many are still convinced it’s an inevitability.
However, Rex Ryan and the Jets are not worried about any potential quarterback controversy. Sanchez is the starting quarterback, and that is not going to change any time soon.
The Jets are counting on Sanchez to command the Jets’ huddle and be a true field general as the Jets implement a new offensive playbook this season under new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
While the passing game will be led by Sanchez, Sparano will definitely have his fair share of tricks up his sleeve when it comes to the unique skill-set that Tim Tebow possesses.
At 250 pounds, Tebow is a punishing ball-carrier who has enough quickness to make a man miss in the open field, and the Jets will have him running downhill plenty of times this season.
The Jets have been coy about exactly how they’ll use Tebow in their Wildcat packages, only that they plan to use those plays in some capacity.
While it could be up to 20 snaps a game, on some weeks it could be considerably less than that.
Even making opposing teams think about it and forcing them to spend their practice time game-planning for it is a small victory for the Jets.
Considering that the Bills are one of the few teams that can adequately practice running and defending the Wildcat, it’ll be interesting to see how much the Jets use Tebow in their season opener.
The Jets will certainly use Tebow in a variety of ways this season. He’s the personal punt protector on special teams, and he will likely carry the ball, catch the ball and yes, occasionally even throw the ball.
How much of that we’ll see in Week 1 remains to be seen. It would be silly to assume that the Jets will show every wrinkle in their playbook this early in the season.
Bottom line: Mark Sanchez is the Jets quarterback. Tim Tebow is the Jets’ human Swiss Army knife.
The Jets are banking on an unconventional offensive approach to throw off defenses and move the chains. Some say they’re crazy, but the Jets feel it may be just crazy enough to work.
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