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The Wildcat isn’t dead, just ask the Jets

Mike Tannenbaum, David Harris

New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, right, looks on with linebacker David Harris as the team announces the extension of Harris’ contract during NFL football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at Atlantic Health Training Center in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


Jet G.M. Mike Tannenbaum held a post-Tebow trade conference call on Wednesday night. Perhaps the most prominent theme of Tannenbaum’s comments involved the Jets’ big plans for the Wildcat package with Tim Tebow at the helm, and Wildcat aficionado Tony Sparano coordinating the new-look offense.

Tannenbaum insisted that the Jets “believe” in the Wildcat, and repeatedly called the offensive set “very difficult to defend.” Tannenbaum explained that Tebow will be at the controls.

“We have a vision for the player, we have a role for the player,” Tannenbaum said. At least twice the Jets’ general manager referred to Tebow as a “dynamic playmaker.”

From all indications, the Wildcat will be a huge part of the Jets’ 2012 offense.

Wildcat infatuation isn’t a new development at Jets headquarters. Head coach Rex Ryan wanted to run the Wildcat more as recently as late last season. Ryan even spent an entire week practicing the Wildcat leading up to an early-December game against Washington.

On game day, the Jets rushed seven times for 26 yards out of Wildcat formations, and beat the Rex Gr0ssman-led Redskins.

So in the Jets’ minds, at least, the Wildcat is actually far from dead.