TimCat 2.0

One of the most glaring differences between the New York jets and the New England Patriots is that the Jets talk about what they’re going to do and never do it while the Pats do whatever it is they’re going to do and never talk about it. Usually with the Patriots, whatever it is they’re going to do is something different from whatever anyone else is doing or even thinking about doing.

The web is all aflutter with talk of the newly resurrected TimCat. The Tebow Package the Jets primed the juicy wells of hope with yet never actually pulled off. There’s become no question the Pats are doing something different with Tebow than with Brady & Mallett. The only speculation is WHY.

Are they planning on a Special Tebow Package of Plays to bring in and out? Is it a Back-Up Plan in case Brady goes down? The thinking being a “different” Offense run by Tim Tebow may be a better option than the Pats “Base” Offense run by Ryan Mallett.

The Patriots say they have no Plans to use Tim Tebow for anything other than Quarterback. 3rd String QB, some in Media are quick to add. Though really, are they so sure it’s 3rd String? The Pats themselves may not even know that. The Mallett Trade discussions have been off & on for a year now. It’s not a bad bet that the best deal the Pats would get for Mallett would be before anyone has a chance to see what he could actually do on a Football Field. He has a strong arm. But that’s all we’ve really seen from him. Wheras with Tebow, we already know he can Lead a Football Team. He is on a very short list of those who did it better in College than the many tens of thousands who’ve done so over the last 100 years. He’s on nearly as short a list of those who’ve taken a Team from rags to relative riches in the NFL. The Pats know from The Cassell Experience that they can achieve good results in the Belichick System with a Back-Up. Every other NFL Team has learned from that experience that it doesn’t necessarily translate into success for them with that same Quarterback. So Mallett’s performing well for the Patriots doesn’t necessarily improve his Market Value. But failure will definitely diminish it.

Despite all of the speculation as to what exactly it is the Patriots have in mind for Tebow, one thing we know they and the Jets have in common is…the likelihood of our correctly guessing what they’ll actually do is fairly slim.

Personally, I would love to see the Pats do what the Jets alluded to…the Quarterback and a Half “System”. In this case, with Brady running the Offense; but Tebow on the Field for a majority of the Offense for a variety of Plays. Tim would be the consummate Cutter Back. The Player who could Run, Catch, Block or Throw on any given Play in any given situation, is lined up in various spots on the Field, is often put in Motion and automatically makes the entire Offense Multi-Dimensional. Between Mark Sanchez’s “fragile psyche” and Tony Sparano’s complete ineptness as an Offensive Coordinator, that notion never had a chance in New York. But, this being the NFL and the media & discussion that goes with it, those issues have rarely been given their due consideration. Tony Sparano said himself that the Game moved far too fast for him to make timely decisions during the course of a Game. In ANY Sport or League other than the NFL, that admission would have dominated every discussion about the New York Jets Offensive failures. But this is the NFL where we spend endless hours arguing over the utterly meaningless while completely ignoring the truly important. Rex Ryan admits he’s lied his way through his Jets Coaching Career and it barely registers a tick. That’s just how it is with the way we talk about the NFL. We’ll go to the mattresses. Just so long as it’s over something incredibly insignificant.

The Patriots have been successful because they spend their time focusing on the important and working to ignore the unimportant. That seems straight-forward. But it’s an approach that many Teams & Organizations have had difficulty mastering. Many may forget that in his first years as the New England Patriots Head Coach, Bill Belichick was considered a flake. That’s because The Hooded One refused to fall to NFL Convention. This is far from new. Bill Walsh suffered the exact same slings & arrows. It takes a couple Rings before they start calling you an Innovator and/or a Genius. Until then, you’re a Gimmick, a Sideshow, a Nutjob, a Flake. The NFL’s Immune System has long had trouble identifying Good Viruses from Bad ones. Belichick does something that seems intuitive. He schemes around the strengths & weaknesses of his Players. This is something that seems to scare the bejeezus out of many NFL Head Coaches. It’s something Rex Ryan likes to talk about. But something he’s fared poorly at actually doing. At least on the Offensive Side of the Ball. Belichick is a Defense-Minded Head Coach. So what creates the difference?

Belichick has never been afraid of being called a Flake. An idiot. Brian Billick calls NFL Head Coaches and General Managers “Paranoid”. The Phobic Fear of being different. Jon Gruden has alluded on several occasions that this has also been a factor in his decision to not go back to the NFL.

But, in the Belichick Era, the Patriots have taken great pride in being different. Perhaps it was easy to adopt that attitude when Patriots Football was previously known only for its generations of total failure.

I’ve been telling Y’All for 3 years that the NFL was moving toward much more Dynamic Option-Oriented Offenses. Gruden was saying it a year before I was and Jack Elway beat both of us to the punch by 20 years. John’s Daddy is one of Football’s All-Time Innovators. He said in the 80s that the Offenses that were being adopted at the time would hit a wall and top out. We’re there. We’ve been there. Besides the basic limitations of the schemes themselves comes the more fundamental problem of taking some of the World’s Greatest Athletes and boxing them in…refusing to allow them to put that Athleticism to its maximum use. Belichick has always liked to put his Players in the best position to succeed rather than force-fit them into roles or styles of Play that aren’t strong suits for them. Are he and McDaniels looking into adopting an Offensive Scheme that, by its very design, expects Players to use the full spectrum of their Abilities?

Vegas has Tebow at 250-1 for NFL MVP. One of 38 named Players for individual betting. Is that a gimmick? Or are the oddsmakers keeping open the possibility that the Patriots may have more up their sleeves for Tim Tebow than just running the Scout Team?

Perhaps we’ll see.
..SportsBabe Brandi

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2 Responses to “TimCat 2.0”

  1. ck says:

    Brandi: Nice article and glad that Belichick stands up to the critics a/o ignores them! As in “Different drum a drummin” and he is ahead of his time like T2!!!

  2. David Oliver says:

    Another view, and also one from a teammate!

    Tebow gives self-evaluation after Patriots debut
    August 10, 2013, 1:00 pm
    http://csnne.nbcsports.acquia-ps.com/
    by: Tom E. Curran

    PHILADELPHIA – Tim Tebow was his relentlessly positive self Friday night in Philadelphia.

    Despite a performance that was – for a four-year NFL veteran – not even close to so-so, the Patriots third-string quarterback warmly answered the media throng at his locker.

    “I think I did some good things tonight and then I saw some things I would like to improve on,” said Tebow. “I think that is what these games are. They are there to make improvements on your own play and do better.”

    “Some good things” aren’t enough when the bad plays look so awful. Actually, Tebow needs to improve his awful plays into bad ones and then make those bad ones rare. Right now, anything can happen when the ball is snapped.

    It’s fortunate Tebow is blessed with the perspective he has. Good plays, bad plays, both are part of God’s plan for him, he seems to believe. He will detest the bad but not be broken by it. He does set an example of grace in the face of adversity.

    When Tebow did shine, he was running with the ball. He had four carries for 31 yards.
    His best carry was a third-and-8 rumble for 12 yards.

    “We have been practicing that play and we liked what we saw on defense. I liked that they called the run play and had the faith that we could convert on the play,” he said, later adding, “There are a lot of moving parts though that are involved and everyone does have to do their part. We are still working on some things but it is going well.”

    While his work as a passer is a source of amusement, at least one of his teammates won’t let that diminish his opinion.

    “Tebow is special,” said running back Stevan Ridley. “For him to come in there and we change from [QB Tom] Brady and [QB Ryan] Mallet as pocket passers to go to an option quarterback and somebody who can make it happen on the ground, is making nice changes is our playbook. Tim is a winner and for us all he’s done is come in here and done his job. He’s quiet, he works hard and the coaches seem to be putting more play in that fits his style. He’s not Brady, he’s not Mallet but he does bring a special feature to the game and he does it well.”

    Buzzy Says 1 TD 2 FG attempts 31Yd running 4 for 12 3 dropped 51yd passing the offence gained over 200 yards only 2 punts It was not pretty but who cares

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