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Could Wildcat work for the Jets?

A look at whether another offensive wrinkle could help a desperate team

Originally Published: August 30, 2012
By Chris Sprow | ESPN Insider

New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano knows better than anyone the First Rule of Running the Wildcat:

You do not talk about the running the Wildcat.

So give the Jets' offense credit -- they haven't executed anything else in their no-touchdown diet of a preseason, but they've certainly executed secrecy on the Wildcat subject. "Just because we have a player in the building here that's had some history running the football" -- Reporter's note: his name ends with Tebooooow! -- "does not necessarily mean that's exactly what it is that we're going to do," Sparano told reporters this week.

But the Jets are currently a mess at QB, so much so that Peter King suggested Wednesday on "PTI" that Greg McElroy could get starts. For that matter, the whole offense is a mess. Yet this is also preseason, and they aren't yet out of tricks. Nobody shows what they really want to do in the season, anyway. And I can promise, the Jets will run some Wildcat. We will see Tim Tebow. The question is what effect the formation and The Mighty Tim can have.

To know, you need a little history.


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