Whenever a new schematic fad comes into play in the NFL, we're generally encapsulated by it until it stops working. And if Tim Tebow's the guy running the new fad -- in this case the read-option offense Denver's installed over the past few weeks -- the scrutiny's really cranked up.
Well, John Fox's new Broncos will get a serious test when the Jets come into town (on a short week, with a Thursday game no less). Needless to say, we should expect some new wrinkles from Fox.
"Do whatever the hell it takes," Fox told NFL.com's Jeff Darlington this week.
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"I mean, what the hell? You don't get points for style in this league. Let me tell you something: My man is really good in this offense. You know what I mean?
"If we were trying to run a regular offense, he'd be screwed."
But not too many new wrinkles. Fox pointed out to Darlington (who spent time watching film with the Broncos coach; the whole article's definitely worth a read) that while Tebow knows the offense really well -- he's been running it since college, really -- everyone else on the Broncos roster is still learning it.
Make no mistake, though. The offense is certainly tailored to Tebow.
"After the loss to Detroit, we decided if Tim is going to be our guy, we can't do that other crap," Fox said. "We had to tweak it."
We saw new tweaks against Kansas City and we should expect to see new tweaks against the Jets as well. The real issue for Fox will be whether or not Rex Ryan, who should know how to stop the read-option offense, knows them as well.
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