In the read option if the first receiver isn't open, Tebow prays and then runs.

In the read option if the first receiver isn’t open, Tebow prays and then runs.

Today, I’m going to do what professional sports journalists do. I’m going to take a simple quote and overanalyze it far too much in order to come to an interesting conclusion.

First, the background. The Jets have been ridiculously secretive about their “Wildcat” plays, banning anyone attending practice from speaking about them. Why be so secretive about it? There’s about 3-5 basic plays that are run from the wildcat formation, and everyone knows them already. Everyone just passes it off as the Jets being silly about being secretive, but what if “Wildcat” is just a smoke screen? What if they’re not running a Wildcat with Tebow? What if it’s really the read-option Tebow ran in Denver, and the Jets are trying to trick, at the very least, their week one opponent, the Bills, who will be unprepared? If that is the plan, I don’t think it will work. I expect NFL coaches to be a little smarter than that. I would expect the defense to watch film of Tebow from last year and be prepared a little for the read-option.

I read this quote today on ESPN: “It’s fine,” Tebow said Thursday. “We had a few live reps in practice, but I’ve ran that stuff before so I’ve had reps in my life at it.”  Tebow was responding to a question regarding whether or not he’ll have trouble running “Wildcat” plays which they hadn’t practiced live in preseason games.

Now, Tebow might just mean that he’s run some “Wildcat” plays before during games. Or, he slipped, and he let us know that it’s going to be more of a read-option offense, with which Tebow is already very familiar from his extensive time with that offensive system. If I knew how many true “Wildcat” plays Tebow has run in his life, I could make a better guess as to whether or not he let something slip here.

Preseason is so boring this is the kind of thing I write! BRING ON THE REGULAR SEASON, DAMN IT.

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