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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Jets working on Wildcat with Tim Tebow, attempting to keep it a big secret

The fact that the Jets are working on incoporating Tim Tebow into their offense in the form of some sort of Wildcat package is not a secret. We have known that pretty much since the day they signed him. Now that the start of the regular season is just a few weeks away, Rex Ryan and company have gone into stealth mode with it. According to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, the media has been forbidden from relaying specifics to the public about the Wildcat packages the Jets worked on in practice Monday during a closed session.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” running back Joe McKnight said when Mehta asked him how the Wildcat is coming along.. “Wildcat? I don’t know nothing about the Wildcat.”

Mark Sanchez gave a similar response, telling reporters that they would have to ask offensive coordinator Tony Sparano about it and described the new approach as “pretty intense stuff.” Tim Tebow essentially said the same.

“Similar to anything we do, we don’t want to talk about our schemes, our plays, our reads,” Tebow explained. “Probably as little as you have to… (Sparano is) just a smart coach. He just wants it to be something that we know, we understand… I don’t know if it’s secrecy. We’re going out there, running our offense and our plays. It’s just part of the offense to us

“Playing for Coach (Urban) Meyer, he’s definitely someone that keeps it close to the vest. That’s the most I’ve ever been around. Here, it’s just trying to execute.”

Obviously, it’s more than just trying to execute. The Jets don’t want the rest of the NFL to know how they plan to use Tebow. We’ve heard plenty of speculation about the Wildcat, red zone situations and even special teams. You can’t blame them for being secretive about it, but they certainly are creating a lot of hype and heightened expectations around Gang Green country. If the plan they have in place doesn’t work right from the start, Jets fans are going to become restless very, very quickly.

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