The New York Jets Reveal Tim Tebow at the Goal Line
In the article, Cimini explains that Tebow ran four plays during the drill, running the ball in for a score himself twice, and passing the ball for a touchdown on a play-action bootleg. Of course, this is just practice, but Rex Ryan has to be thrilled. He is known for ground-and-pound football and no quarterback is more suited for that style as well as Tebow.
What will be interesting is how often Rex decides to use Tebow at the goal line. At the end of the video, Sal Paolantonio says that the Jets will be formidable with goal line offenses led by Mark Sanchez and Tebow, but you’d have to think that Tebow would be used more often since that’s the main reason the Jets brought him to New York.
They didn’t get him from the Broncos primarily to be a conventional quarterback as he had the worst completion percentage in the NFL last season and they certainly didn’t bring him in just to be a punt protector.
Some might argue that the Jets just wanted the media circus that came along with Tebowmania and that was the main reason for trading to get Tebow, but let’s assume that the Jets made the move because they legitimately thought it would help them win more football games.
If that’s the case, then Tebow should get the majority of his snaps near the goal line. Of course, the wildcat can be utilized anywhere on the field, but you have to figure it’s much harder to deal with by the end zone since there will be so many options for the Jets to throw at the defense and they only have to get a few yards.
In addition, throwing the wildcat in for just one play or two in the middle of a drive could disrupt the flow of the offense. Certainly, if the offense seems stagnant or Rex wants to test the opposing team’s defense, then it might make sense to put Tebow in the game.
Otherwise, it would be much more sensible to make Tebow quarterback when the ball is close to the goal line, so the rhythm of the drive won’t matter since the drive will be over whether Tebow gets six points or not.
Meanwhile, as the former Bronco marches into the end zone or tosses the ball on a bootleg to an open receiver for a score, Sanchez will be standing on the sidelines.
It’s going to be interesting to see how that affects Sanchez’s confidence if he does all of the hard work, moving the ball down the field, and Tebow gets the points and glory.
You could try to make the argument that Sanchez might not care since some players are so competitive that it doesn’t matter to them who finishes the job as long as the team wins. But the Catch 22 is that if the player were so competitive then he/she would never settle for having another player in the game when a chance to put points on the board is on the line.
If Tebow dominates the ball by the end zone and is successful, then Rex might not ever see a reason for Sanchez to enter the huddle once the Jets reach the five-yard line and that’s when the controversy might heat up.
You know the discussion of who should be the starting quarterback of the Jets is going to dominate the headlines at some point during the season, but if Tebow is living in the end zone and Sanchez has a bad game or two, then Tebow fans will demand for change.
At that point, if Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless are arguing every day about who should be the starting quarterback, then Sanchez’s confidence will likely start to decline and that will probably end up negatively impacting his play.
That could play right into Tebow’s hands and he could end up with the starting job. If that happens, if you’re a Jets fan, hopefully it won’t matter that he had the worst accuracy in the league last year. He would have one of the top rushing offenses and defenses in the league and hopefully that would be enough for him to lead the Jets back to the playoffs.
There are a lot of “ifs” with the New York Jets right, but one thing is certain. You don’t want to be the person in your fantasy league who drafts Mark Sanchez.