Make no mistake about it, Sunday’s regular season opener can’t come soon enough for New York Jets Wildcat quarterback Tim Tebow.
“I’m very excited (and) blessed for my opportunity here, added Tebow. “It’s going to be fun. This will be fun for the first time to really go out there and play a real game for this Jets organization.”
New York’s media darling and secret offensive weapon will make his long awaited Jets’ debut against the Buffalo Bills in front of a raucous Metlife Stadium crowd. With so many questions and very few answers regarding Gang Green’s Wildcat offense, football fans across the country are waiting with bated breath to see whether the Jets can successfully install a dual-quarterback system. Even with all the public scrutiny and media attention, Tebow is embracing a team-first approach.
Tebow's effectiveness in the New York's Wildcat has been a hot topic this offseason .
“I just want to be able to help anyway I can,” remarked Tebow of his role on offense. “Hopefully, I’m able to do something to help this team win football games.”
While the Jets offense faltered during preseason play, Tebow and company are striving to develop continuity and rhythm both through the air and in the ground game. With the Jets’ starters still in search of their first offensive touchdown of the year, Tebow understands the importance of remaining poised and patient in the face of adversity.
“I still think you have to take it one play at a time,” noted Tebow of his offensive mindset. “I think sometimes you want to force (things) to get a big play. You just have to be smart with the play, have an effective play, be efficient with our runs, with our passes and put ourselves in good situations for third-and-short, so we don’t have to be in the position to force the (play).”
The former Heisman Trophy winner—under orders from offensive coordinator Tony Sparano—didn’t run any Wildcat plays during preseason, raising eyebrows and bringing into question the Jets’ ability to crisply execute their gadget offense once the regular season gets underway.
“Yeah, hopefully I would be sharp just by preparing and working,” commented Tebow. “ It does put a little extra edge to make sure you’re always ready and always working, always doing this, everything like that.”
In spite of adding Tebow, a rich crop of rookie talent and seasoned veterans to the mix this offseason, the expectation level for the Jets is at an all-time low this season. With all the negativity and cynicism surrounding Gang Green, Tebow is determined to let his team’s play do the talking.
“We don’t have to answer that with words,” declared Tebow. “We just have to go out there and try to play a good game. We’re excited about it. It’s our opener. We only get one a year, so we better make the most of it.”
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
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