“We don’t need (Tim) Tebow. We sellout every home game let him go to Jacksonville Tampa or Miami. Our wildcat offense can be run by Jeremy Kerley or Joe McKnight. We straight.”
For once, there is some truth to what Jets defensive back Antonio Cromartie told reporters yesterday, and I actually agree with him. Not that I am surprised that Cro decided to open his mouth on the subject, but really the Jets don’t need Tebow to run an effective Wildcat offense, and for what reason would they want to anyways? Jets fans always hear talk about how they want to get back to the “ground and pound” style of play, the same style that got them to back-to-back AFC title games, but that formula doesn’t necessarily have to include Tim Tebow at quarterback.
In my mind, that formula has to include a productive running back who allows Mark Sanchez to be the quarterback he truly is, not one who has to step outside of his comfort zone, and make plays that he can’t make. Just because Tony Spurano was successful in running the Wildcat with the Dolphins, does not mean that is the type of team the Jets need to be. Do I think the wildcat would be nice change of pace for the Jets offense? Yes, it absolutely would be, but it would be just that, a nice change of pace. A change of pace that we have already seen Jeremy Kerley do an effective job at.
Bringing in a guy like Tim Tebow would only make matters worse for the Jets. Just a short while after Jets brass made it a point to show their confidence in their quarterback Mark Sanchez by signing him to a three year extension worth 40.5 million, the Jets are quick to show their interest in a QB that has double the amount of flaws Mark does. Instead of going out and getting Tebow, why not go out and get a productive running back? Or hey, how about strengthening that suspect offensive line who we saw get beat time after time last season.
Antonio Cromartie may not be a football mastermind, but what he said was right. The Jets have the players on offense to run the Wildcat effectively. They don’t need to bring in a whole new quarterback, a one-dimensional one at that, to run the Wildcat. It seems as though the Jets are confusing “ground and pound” with the Wildcat. It would be a complete mistake to bring Tim Tebow to New York…a complete mistake.