Darrelle Revis not sold on Tim Tebow

Updated: November 16, 2011, 12:47 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Darrelle Revis isn't worried about getting beat by Tim Tebow's left arm.

The star cornerback said his biggest challenge Thursday night -- and the challenge for the entire New York Jets secondary -- will be fighting boredom.

Revis sees Tebow as a bigger threat as a runner than passer, but he wouldn't go so far as to say the Denver Broncos can maintain long-term success with the read-option offense. He believes it takes a special player to run that system in the NFL.

"Yeah, if you have Michael Vick and, I don't know, Chris Johnson at running back," he said. "Yeah, it can work. Those are probably the two fastest guys that can probably get out on the edge on you."

But not Tebow, according to Revis.

"No, not for a whole season, because we know what they're doing, and we feel comfortable in our game plan," he said.

The Jets expect the Broncos (4-5) to run, and keep running -- the only reasonable conclusion, based on past performance. In last Sunday's 17-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos ran on the first 14 plays and finished with an astounding 55 runs.

Tebow attempted only eight passes, completing two. The Broncos became only the third team in the last 25 years to win with two or fewer completions, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Jets coach Rex Ryan's advice to his defense this week is, if it looks like a pass, play the run. So, no, Revis doesn't expect the Mile High air to be filled with Tebow spirals.

"We can't fall asleep back there in the secondary," Revis said. "It can get boring, especially when a team just keeps running the ball, series after series, play after play."

Tebow ran nine times for 43 yards and a touchdown, becoming the first quarterback since 1974 with more rushes than passes in a game in which he threw every pass for his team, according to Elias. In '74, Joe Ferguson did it for the Buffalo Bills on a windy day against the Jets.

Revis said he can't afford to get lulled into a nap because the Broncos' receivers rely on double moves and Tebow, despite his accuracy issues, is capable of hitting the deep ball. He found Eric Decker last week for a 53-yard touchdown, which came on a double move.

In a span of four days, the Jets will go from the pass-oriented New England Patriots to the run-first Broncos, from Tom Brady to Tebow. It doesn't get more dramatic than that.

"You just have to take a different mentality into the game," said safety Jim Leonhard, adding that Tebow is "more like a fullback than a true tailback, the way he runs the football."

Tebow is perhaps the most polarizing player in the league because of his unvarnished passing skills. He has completed only 45 percent of his passes, but he has seven touchdown passes, only one interception and a 81.6 passer rating -- virtually the same as Mark Sanchez (81.5), by the way.

The Jets have only three full days to prepare for the Broncos' unconventional offense, which is similar to the Wildcat. It can be tricky, but the Jets have some background with that style because they used the Wildcat with Brad Smith, now playing for the Buffalo Bills.

Ryan believes that will help. His background as a college coach also could help against an option-style attack.

The Jets have been using 41-year-old Mark Brunell, one of the game's most mobile quarterbacks in his prime, on the scout team to mimic the 24-year-old Tebow.

"I'm left-handed and he is left-handed, and that's about it right there," Brunell joked when asked how similar he is to Tebow.

With such a run-heavy offense, there will be plenty of action for the Jets' run stoppers, particularly defensive linemen Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito.

"The world falls on me and (DeVito)," Pouha said. "We like to pride ourselves on being the two fat guys, I guess, in the middle, but we pride ourselves on being able to stop the run."

Tebow said he wasn't offended by Revis' comments about the limitations of the option with him at quarterback.

"I think every week we're just trying to come up with something different, it's not necessarily the same thing, and we're trying to keep defenses off balance," Tebow said on a conference call with the New York media.

Broncos coach John Fox said he's not thinking long term, that he's doing what it takes to win -- now. He also disputed the notion that he and Broncos VP John Elway are rooting for Tebow to fail because he wasn't their draft pick.

"Well, it doesn't make much sense," he said. "It would be like buying a Ferrari and pouring sugar in the gas tank."

Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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