The New York Jets have been hiding their Wildcat package with Tim Tebow all summer for the regular season. Now, the wait is over as the Buffalo Bills will be the first opponent to face the Jets and their Wildcat package under new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
There is a lot of mystery surrounding how Tebow will be used offensively. How many plays will the Jets run the Wildcat? Will there be new wrinkles compared to what we saw with Sparano in Miami? Can Tebow take pressure off starting quarterback Mark Sanchez by moving the chains?
Since the Jets haven't put it on tape, the Bills are preparing for the unknown. If Buffalo can stop Tebow and the Wildcat, that would go a long way to shutting down the sputtering Jets offense, which failed to score a touchdown in three preseason games.
"You have to pay attention to it. You know they've got it," Bills coach Chan Gailey said on a conference call with New York reporters Wednesday. "They've got a good weapon in Tebow, so you have to expect it. You have to work on it. You're guessing what they’re going to do a little bit, but you have to spend time on it. I’m just glad we have the extra day or two to get ready for it. In a regular week it would've been very tough."
We mentioned earlier this week that Buffalo has several advantages on its side. First, Bills quarterbacks coach David Lee introduced the Wildcat to Miami while working with Sparano. That should make for few surprises. Second, Buffalo played against Tebow last season and successfully pummeled the quarterback while running a similar system in Denver. Finally, the Bills have a Wildcat package of their own that the defense practices against regularly.
The Bills are probably the most prepared team for the Wildcat that Tebow and the Jets will face all season. It's another reason Sunday's AFC East matchup will be very interesting to see who executes the best to start the season.