ESPN's Hoge: Jets should move Tebow to running back
The Jets have yet to unveil their Wildcat offense against an opposing defense this preseason, and Merril Hoge is ready to switch Tim Tebow’s position.
The ESPN analyst, who has been critical of Tebow since his ascension with the Broncos, said the Jets best chance of offensive success would be moving Tebow to running back.
“At this point I would not think that it’s far-fetched to move him to running back,” Hoge said on “SportsCenter.”
“With Tim Tebow I know they are going to pull out the Wildcat, but right now they need power football. Move him to running back, establish that . . . He is big and strong and powerful. His heart is a 10. I think he should be a guy who is going to get some carries.”
Hoge said the Jets should make use of what made Tebow successful when he won the Heisman at Florida.
“They ran what was equivalent to the Power O. They were not doing a lot on the perimeter,” he said. “You establish something like, and yes there’s always the possibility of using the flea flicker. But listen you are hurting your team by continually doing this. You better hope Mark Sanchez doesn’t go down because your backup situation isn’t very strong right now.”
Hoge is not alone in his criticism of the Jets offense, which has yet to produce a touchdown in three games this preseason. The offense did show flashes of success in Sunday night’s loss to the Panthers, but Mark Sanchez was undone by critical drops from his receivers.
“I thought [Sanchez] was sharp. His job is to throw it, not catch it. But if you look at their major issue it’s the offensive line,” Hoge said. “The Jets want to establish a physical presence in the running game. They want to establish that, play great defense. The first thing you have to do: You have to win up front with your offensive line. . .. Offensive line is not getting movement, not getting to that second level. That’s where those linebackers are making all those plays in the backfield.”
And that’s not a winning formula for a Jets team that lacks a big-time passing attack even they are at full health and Sanchez is on top of his game.
“When you do that you put a big burden on your quarterbacks. You make them carry the load, and neither of these guys are equipped to do what Tom Brady, Peyton Manning do. If they don’t have that (running game), they are going to continue to have problems,” Hoge said.
Been saying this all offseason. It's a waste of time trying to develop him as a QB, it's just not going to happen. Should maximize the talents (talent?) he does have - running the ball. Maybe even see if he can catch some passes in the flats and make some big plays.