NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Jets coach Rex Ryan is still talking up the wildcat offense.
Ryan acknowledged Wednesday that rookie quarterback Geno Smith could be used on read-option or wildcat plays even if Mark Sanchez wins the starting job.
He even said the team could utilize more — yes, more — of the wildcat in 2013.
“I would say we probably would,” Ryan said. “Because, like you guys say, we never used it (last season). So I would say, yeah. I would think that’s part of what we do.”
That plan never worked for the Jets with Tim Tebow — particularly because Tebow was never considered a true threat to throw the ball.
“I think if that’s the only thing you do with that position, why don’t you just leave a running back in there?” Ryan said. “It’s a guy that’s trained to do it. If you’re going to have a quarterback that has those skills like a (Colin) Kaepernick or somebody like that, then obviously it becomes more of a weapon because you’re not just knowing that, ‘Hey, Tebow’s coming in there and he’s just going to run the ball,’ and that’s kind of where we were last year it seemed like.”
The wildcat is “here to stay” in the NFL, he added.
Meanwhile, Sanchez joked about the attention being given — even by members of the organization — to the competition between him and Smith.
“For you (media), it’s your job, but it’s funny to see everybody else charting stuff,” he said. “Everything is under scrutiny. There’s a ton of pressure. That’s the way you like it, that’s the way you play this position.”
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