Saturday, August 11, 2012

Rex Ryan: Marvin Lewis asked me not to run the Wildcat

New York Jets' fans waited all spring and summer to see Tim Tebow unleashed in the team's new Wildcat offense.  They're still waiting.

Head coach Rex Ryan didn't run the Tebow-based Wildcat at all on Friday night against the Cincinnati Bengals and claims the reason was an unusual agreement he made with his opposing coach, Marvin Lewis, before the exhibition game.


The Jets coach has been boasting all summer about how afraid opposing defenses are going to be handling Tebow this season and claims Lewis' plea is just evidence of that fear.

"I know nobody's worried about Wildcat and all that stuff.  It's real easy to stop," a sarcastic Ryan said last week.  'That's why I got a call at 7 a.m. the day before we played by Marvin not wanting to see the Wildcat.  I guess I'm the only guy who thinks it has a place in the NFL... me and every defensive coach in the league."

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Ryan— who once coached with Lewis in Baltimore— suspiciously turned off the Tebow Wildcat on Friday against the Bengals.  It's odd that a coach would not test out his new secret weapon but it's even more strange that a coach wouldn't want to test his defense against the offense— just in case they come across it during the regular season.

Coaches who have made gentleman's agreements before meaningless preseason games are rare but not unheard of.



Last summer, Saints coach Sean Payton called Jim Harbaugh to make some kind of a pact before a pre-season game only to have it fall on the deaf ears of the 49ers coach.  The unanswered call led to the Saints unleashing hell and piling on a half-dozen sacks on the unsuspecting 49ers.

Ryan could have blitzed Lewis just the same, but it might not have mattered.  Tebow was less than impressive in his debut with Gang Green.  There were a couple of completions and first down runs.  But there were also a holding call and an interception in about a quarter and a half.

If the Jets want to test out their Wildcat, that's their decision, regardless of what the opposing team wants.  Maybe we'll see it next week or maybe Ryan is saving it for the real games. 

As for the Bengals, what were they afraid of?

19 comments:

  1. TIM TEBOW IF LEFT ALONE TO PLAY WOULD MAKE A HELL OF A QB, JUST LOOK AT HIS STATS AT FLORIDA THE" SEC" TOUGHEST CONFRENCE IN NCAA FOOTBALL

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    1. while do football people ignore the greatness of Micheal Vick but dwell on the watered-down version of his skill-set and when and if Tebow reaches any of the milestones of Vick,i will apologize but i do not think that an apology will ever be necessary.

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    2. Plain and simple Tebow is a great human being but HE SUCKS as an NFL QB.

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    3. really all he did was win in denver they was 1-4 before he took over then went 8-3 and a win in the play-offs .he wins what would you rather have a qb throwing for 350 yards 3 tds and 1 int and lose the game or maybe 200 yards 1 td and rushing for 90 yds and a rushing td and a win ...me I take wins over stats plus his record agnist elways record the first yr in wins and stats. was worse then TEBOW

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    4. "while do football people ignore the greatness of Micheal Vick but dwell on the watered-down version of his skill-set"
      The very fact that Tebow DOESN'T have the skills of a Michael Vick just adds to the intrigue of watching him. How does this kid with no talent make a play with the game on the line week after week? If you don't find this compelling there's something wrong with you. By the way, Michael Vick get's plenty of accolades if you haven't noticed. Doesn't have half the heart of Tebow though.

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    5. What are Michael Vick's milestones? Heisman? College champion? Jail? In truth, the question should be why is Vick such an under achiever? If his skills are as great as you say. What is wrong with Vick?

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    6. Micheal Vick and great or even good quarterback should not even be in the same sentence... What has he ever done record or win wise? Now lets compare these 2 quarterbacks to Arron Rodgers... Go Pack!

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  2. His accuracy is pretty bad at best. Ur an idiot

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  3. Stop talking about Tebow and what he did in college. He has had two full pre seasons and one pre season by himself due to the holdout. He was on a college team with a great coach, great stall, and a ton of great players. This all together with his college tallent allowed him to succede. Let that stay in college. He is a backup at 8-8 running the wildcat. They don't last to long in the NFL

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  4. Tim Tebow is not a great NFL QB and never will be. But, the intangebles he brings on the field make him a winner. He makes his teammates better players. In the wildcat and in other situations he will help the jets this year.

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  5. r we ttalking nfl or dancing with stars.?

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  6. The Bengals Obiously did not want any of thier players hurt in their first pre-season game while all of their players are still a little out of shape. They are going to need all of them against Baltimore in teh first regular season game

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  7. people and there opinions on Tim Tebow "oh he can't throw the football" so I guess 2 national champions, won the hesiman for best football football player that season as a sophmore "in the toughest conference in college football the SEC. Oh and when giving the chance lead the Broncos to a 8-8 season and a playoff win against the almight Steelers. And wasn't that like an 80 yard touchdown pass from Tebows hand. But he still ain't a QB. Just sit back and enjoy this kid play the game he loves. And quit hating on him. He is good for the sport.

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  8. Its sad that Vegas publishes a betting line on pre-season games considering these "gentlemen" coaches have a pre-arranged agreement about plays they won't run.....I know Vegas will take bets on anything but this might be the one time they let the "gambler" keep the rent money to pay the rent!!

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  9. Ha, I am winning at will in the pre-season regardless of these types of arraignments! If you were betting my games last week you went 4-0 ATS. Big play tonight on Raiders-Cowboys. Go to www.tonydelsports.com for more info.

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  10. Lewis benched his starters for Ryan in 2009. Ryan needed a win to make a playoff trip so the LEAST he could do is return the favor!

    RYAN and his JETS beat the Bengals in the 2009 playoffs anyway guess it wouldn't of mattered but Ryan did OWE him that

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