The New York Jets practiced their Wildcat offense with quarterback Tim Tebow Monday in front of the media, even if the players aren’t talking about it.
The media, however, will talk about it plenty. Case in point: Tuesday’s edition of “NFL AM.”
“It will be a major part of their running game, and I think they need it to be a major part of their running game, but it’s not going to take the league by storm,” analyst Eric Davis said Tuesday morning on NFL Network. “You are going against Tebow, it’s not going to be a surprise, defenses will be prepared for it. I think it will be effective, somewhat. I say somewhat because he is an effective runner, he’s a good running back, he’s good with the ball in his hands. So he’ll be able to get some yards, but it’s not going to be league-changing.”
Davis just called Tebow a running back — gather the pitchforks!
NFL Network’s Steve Wyche pointed out that Tebow will be used in a similar fashion to how Rex Ryan used Brad Smith two years ago.
“After watching what they did against Cincinnati, it reminded me of what they did with Brad Smith, not necessarily out of the Wildcat formation, but in terms of snaps and effectiveness,” Wyche said.
Davis noted that Tebow’s success last season will open up the run game for him this season.
“People do know he is capable of making plays,” the former Pro Bowl corner said. “You can’t just competently fill the box with eight, nine defenders thinking that he can’t throw the ball outside. They challenged him to do it last year, he made some plays, (and) that success in the passing game will help him this year in the running game.”
The conversation then devolved, as it often does when it comes to Tebow, into a discussion about haters/lovers.
“The conversation around Tebow continues to focus on what he can’t do instead of what he can do,” analyst Mark Kriegel said.
“If you look at what he does, and that is every quarterback, (we critique) every single quarterback, if we are talking Tony Romo, if we are talking Carson Palmer, … that is every single player,” Davis retorted. “The problem is when you do it about Tebow, people assume you are hating. I’m pointing out what is in his game plan and the way you game plan against him. This has nothing to do with him personally. It’s talking Xs and Os.”