With the Broncos first game with Tim Tebow on the roster comes the expectation that Denver’s Wild Horse package, little used last season, will be unveiled on a grander scale.
TebowIt’s their variation on Miami’s Wildcat -- though I always like to point out that the thing that makes the Wildcat a) the Wildcat and b) potentially successful is that it’s a non-quarterback taking the snap.
Jacksonville will be the guinea pig, as the first defense to face Denver's the new variation.
“Its effectiveness is debatable,” Jack Del Rio told Jacksonville media Wednesday. “I think it’s certainly been out there. Some teams are better at it than others. I think back to [reporter] Vito [Stellino’s] point, the Wildcat for Miami with Ronnie Brown, he was pretty good at it because there would be a guy in the hole he’d make them miss.
“So I think clearly scheme is important but really the players are what makes things go, and so they’ll have something there and we’ll have something ready for that and we’ll see how it plays out.”
I don’t expect we will be discussing a Wild Horse revolution on Sunday night. I do expect young guys on the defensive front might be a bit flummoxed by it. I do suspect Tebow will be given a good opportunity or two to score at EverBank Field, near his home against a team that (wisely) passed on him in the draft.
Does Del Rio expect Denver to have a playing role for Tebow Sunday?
“I would think they would,” he said. “I didn’t consult with Josh (McDaniels) before I told you that.”