Peter King is making his training camp run, and has some thoughts about the Jets offense this season. While he touches a number of topics, King shares his impressions of his conversation with Mark Sanchez regarding Tim Tebow and how he feels about the backup soaking up some first team snaps in game situations. Sanchez told King he implicitly trusts Tony Sparano to know when to utilize whom, and then King gives his impressions of the situation.
In other words, the Jets are going to put Tebow in the game, on offense and on special teams, regularly. They’ve been careful not to ruffle Sanchez’s feelings about it, apparently even letting him know what the plan is, and Sanchez, who has a very good relationship with the new offensive coordinator, feels Sparano’s not going to trample on him to make Tebow a part of the offense. It’s a tight rope walk, and who knows what Sanchez really is feeling if part of the plan is subbing Tebow for Sanchez when the Jets get inside the opponents’ 5-yard line, for instance.
In Sunday’s New York Post, beat man Brian Costello had what I thought was a revealing look into Sparano. He pointed out Sparano says Sean Payton was the best influence he had into how to call a game. But Payton, he said, found a way to run even with his great passing attack. Costello noted that there never has been a year with Sparano as the head coach or play caller that the team didn’t pass more than it ran. What does it all mean? To me, it plays right into Tebow’s hands. Sparano, when he has the weapons, will throw changeups at the defense (don’t laugh, Miamians; the passing game stunk under Sparano in Miami, except when Chad Pennington played), and Tebow is the perfect man to throw those changeups.
It says here a good chunk of the ground-and-pounding will come from the 250-pound quarterback/punt protector/option runner. I’ll put the over/under of Tebow’s average snaps per game, including plays in the kicking and punting game, at 18. And if I had to go to Vegas with that, give me the over.
Brian Bassett, theJetsBlog.comIncluding punts and special teams work? I’d definitely say the Jets will utilize Tebow more than 18 snaps a game. As far as whether or not Sanchez is fully on-board, I believe Sanchez is, but when he says that if Tebow’s in on the goal-line and Sanchez is out, then the backup had better score. I agree that Tebow is a valuable runner/thrower for this team, but I think it’s within a narrowly defined situations that it will work best for both the Jets and Tebow. While Tebow is a much better scrambling quarterback, Sparano pointed out to reporters yesterday that he thinks Sanchez is a great scrambling quarterback too – so while Tebow can be used in that way – it’s not to say that every bootleg play this season will see Sanchez sitting on the bench.