Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) carries during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Met Life Stadium. Panthers won 17-12. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
With three poor offensive performances behind us and still no touchdowns in the preseason, what can the Jets hang their hats on as we get closer to the regular season? Seldom have I agreed with the decisions head coach Rex Ryan has made regarding the offense. However, his choice to essentially hide Tim Tebow this preseason could prove to be one of his best moves yet.
We all know that by NFL quarterback standards Tim Tebow doesn’t measure up. As ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith would put it, "The Boy Can’t Throw!" But what we do know about Tebow might prove to be extremely beneficial to a lackluster Jets offense. Tim Tebow can play in this league. He might not be a good quarterback but he is certainly a dynamic football player. He has proven that he can win games in this league and in the right system he is a headache for opposing defenses.
Last season we saw Tim Tebow have success running a spread option style offense in Denver. His ability to pull the ball and run with the physicality of a running back gives the Jets a wrinkle in their offense that opponents will have to game plan for. By no means is Tebow a pure passer but out of the spread option system he is certainly a threat to beat you with a throw down field if a cornerback/linebacker gets fooled by a run fake. If Mark Sanchez and the Jets regular offense can move the ball with semi efficiency (which we saw them do against Carolina) and get to the redzone or plus ten several times a game, the spread option system could help the Jets put points on the board that we haven’t seen this preseason.
Many people are quick to point out the inabilities that hinder Tim Tebow but what they fail to look at are the attributes that made him successful a year ago. The Denver broncos became the leagues leading rushing team in part because of the dynamic Tim Tebow brings in a spread option system. The offseason we have heard so much talk about has been the "Wildcat." Tebow will not be running the wildcat for the Jets. The offense the Jets have planned (should have planned) for Tebow is the spread option, an offense that plays to his abilities as a football player.
No one truly knows how this system will work for the Jets. By no stretch of the imagination am I saying this is the answer. The struggles on the offensive side of the football might very well continue and the dynamic that a Tim Tebow spread option system brings could fail miserably. With that said, all that can be stated is that this dynamic is a secret to all at the moment and it gives the Jets an offensive advantage that they have not had this preseason. Teams will be unaware of how the Jets will use this offense. If this plan for Tebow has the Jets with a record of 6-2 after eight weeks we will be applauding Rex Ryan. If this system fails, expect to see a continued struggle to score.