Monday, August 13, 2012

Sparano sees no point in tipping hand on Wildcat


There's no question the New York Jets will run a hefty amount of Wildcat plays during the regular season with Tim Tebow in the mix.

With that, the possibilities are plentiful... and top-secret. At least until Week 1.

"Obviously it’s going to be out there that we’re going to do something like that," Sparano told the media Sunday. "The 'how' is the question."

The Jets didn't run anything out of the Wildcat last Friday in their preseason matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, and they likely won't for the remainder of exhibition play.

In fact, reporters were restricted from discussing the intricacies of Gang Green's work out of the special formation at practice Monday, according to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.

"I’m more concerned about letting (future opponents) worry about it than giving them the answers to the test," Sparano said.

Fair enough.

The Wildcat isn't really an aspect of the offense that needs to see live action against an opponent in preparation for the season. While the formation does somewhat depend on blocking and deception by the receivers, it's more based on what the signal-caller, Tebow, does, and Tebow has been there and done that.

The element of surprise in unveiling the Wildcat in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills outweighs any advantage practicing the formation live in preseason could have.

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