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Bart Scott breaks down benefit of Tebow/Wildcat
CORTLAND -- Linebacker Bart Scott held court for the first time at training camp Sunday, dispensing knowledge on a variety of topics – including Tim Tebow.
Scott knows there are doubters out there, people who refuse to see the benefit of bringing Tebow’s Wildcat ways to the Big Apple.
But he doesn’t care. In fact, he’s looking forward to proving those individuals wrong.
“I think it’s something fun for you guys to deal with, but we understand the plan,” he said of Tebow’s arrival.
The Jets strongly believe in the competitive advantage the Wildcat brings to the table. That is, if it’s executed properly.
“What’s always been a weakness of the Wildcat formation is that Ronnie Brown couldn’t throw the ball. Pat White was too small to take the poundage,” Scott said, referring to a pair of former Dolphins. “But now, when you put a guy that can take the pounding, and has the ability to throw the ball…”
Though defenses typically have the advantage because “you never count the quarterback,” Scott said having a quarterback who can carry the ball makes it an 11-on-11 game again.
“So all it takes is one guy to get cut off, not make a mistake and then one guy has to make a tackle. And I think I’ll take my chances with Tim running the ball against one guy making a bad step, getting caught behind and not being able to make a play.”
There were questions in the offseason about whether Tebow – a devout, seemingly straight-laced Christian – would fit into a locker room that imploded last season. But Tebow’s modesty makes him a difficult person not to like.
“How can you ever not accept somebody who has humility, who works hard, who’s a great teammate?” asked Scott.
“…You see the cameras that follow him. Half you guys wouldn’t be here if he wasn’t here. But he takes it all in stride and it never affects his relationship with his teammates. We understand that it comes with the territory and we’re able to deal with it. It’s New York. We can handle anything.”
But that doesn’t mean Tebow’s above getting picked on.
The back up quarterback’s shirtless run through the rain had the locker room buzzing too. And the Jets couldn’t resist busting Tebow’s chops.
“Oh my God. The slow-motion run,” Scott said of Tebow, who poked fun at himself by sitting in the QB meeting Saturday with his shirt off for 30 minutes. “I’ve never seen anybody decide to take their shirt off in the rain. Usually I put stuff on. But maybe it was Holy Water, I don’t know.”