AFC East: Chris Weinke

Tim Tebow worked with Chris Weinke

March, 27, 2013
Former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke runs a popular quarterback school -- IMG Academy -- in Bradenton, Fla. During an interview with NFL Network on Wednesday, Weinke revealed New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow recently stopped by to work on his shaky mechanics.

"I was just working with Tim Tebow a couple of weeks ago for the first time," Weinke said. "I was quite impressed with his ability to make adjustments. I know he's worked with a lot of different quarterback coaches. I had him for two days and I was impressed with his approach."

During his two days with Tebow, Weinke said the Jets quarterback learned to get the ball out quicker and how to adjust his ball speed. Tebow is often criticized for only throwing fastballs that can be inaccurate and/or difficult to catch from short distances.

Tebow's NFL future remains up in the air. He is under contract with New York, and the Jets are trying to trade the popular backup quarterback. However, the trade market for Tebow appears to be non-existent.

If Tebow is released, which is expected, teams must consider if they can work with his limitations.

"Again, he has to go to the right place," Weinke explained. "Coaches have to put him in position to be successful. I know he’s ultra-competitive. I know that guy wants to win and he knows how to win. The future is uncertain on what he’s going to do, but I believe he's a guy who can get it done."

Weinke also worked with several quarterbacks from this year's class at IMG. That list includes West Virginia's Geno Smith, Florida State's EJ Manuel, Arkansas' Tyler Wilson and USC's Matt Barkley, who has his much-anticipated pro day on Wednesday.

Weinke knows the 2013 quarterback class is often criticized, but he believes there are talented players in this year's group.

"Where are all these guys going to land? I don't know," Weinke said. "The 32 teams have to make that decision. But I know this: There are some guys who are very well-prepared, ready to step in on Sundays and are quarterbacks who I think will have great success."

Sanchez joins small rookie QB club

September, 13, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

The New York Jets have unearthed some info that shows just how rare it is for a rookie quarterback to win a season opener on the road.

Mark Sanchez became only the fourth since the NFL-AFL merger to accomplish the feat in Sunday's 24-7 victory over the Houston Texans in Reliant Stadium.

The first three:

Miami coaches had 'Wildcat' familiarity

September, 22, 2008
Posted by's Tim Graham

Miami Dolphins quarterbacks coach David Lee is getting much of the credit for installing the gimmick offense they ran Sunday to flummox the New England Patriots.

Running back Ronnie Brown scored four rushing touchdowns in a 38-13 rout. Brown also threw a touchdown pass.

The Wildcat offense, as the Dolphins call it, put Brown in a shotgun formation, spread quarterback Chad Pennington wide and lined up Ricky Williams as a wingback who would counter. The Patriots were fooled out of their socks.

Lee used that ploy at Arkansas with Darren McFadden and Felix Jones.

But Dolphins offensive coordinator Dan Henning ran a similar system before in the NFL -- and to a much higher degree.

Henning was the Carolina Panthers' offensive coordinator when they found themselves in a bind heading into a December 2006 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

  • The Panthers had lost four straight games (the Dolphins had lost 20 of their past 21 games).
  • The Panthers were coming off an embarrassing 37-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers (the Dolphins were coming off an embarrassing 31-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals).
  • Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme was injured, and backup Chris Weinke was too hurt to practice during the week and hadn't won in 17 career starts (Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington had been ineffective through two games).
  • The Panthers had two capable rushers in DeShaun Foster and DeAngelo Williams (the Dolphins have two capable backs in Brown and Ricky Williams).

Henning's solution was to snap directly to DeAngelo Williams and hand off to Foster.

Unlike the Dolphins, who picked their spots with the Wildcat, Henning went full-scale with his gimmick.

The Panthers ran 52 times that day and held the ball for nearly 42 minutes in a 10-7 victory. The Panthers tried seven passes, one of them going for the game's only touchdown.



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