Wildcat Jets Are Just Another Opponent to Giants
John Fennelly , Lead Writer
While the Jets are constantly measuring themselves against the them, the Giants see the Jets as just another opponent. This week, the two teams will meet in their annual August clash, which is traditionally played the third week of the preseason. It has been moved up to Week Two this year.
The Jets have been working on their “wildcat” formation, which will give the Giants something new to prepare for. Most NFL teams would be openly annoyed with the Jets for running such an untraditional strategy in a preseason game, which are generally reserved to get veteran players reps as well as evaluate the rookies.
Last week, Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis asked Rex Ryan not to employ the wildcat for just that reason. This week the Jets have announced publicly that they will run it against the Giants.
“It’s different. It forces you to defend something else,” Tom Coughlin explained yesterday. “It forces you to prepare for something; perhaps they would use it or they wouldn’t use it. It’s just another tool. You have Tony Sparano there. Tony, in Miami, was very good with it. No matter if they just put in what they did in Miami, it’s very effective and there it was the runners, and here it’s expected it will be Tim Tebow. I can understand that.”
That was the high road answer. Of course, Coughlin would prefer the Jets come at him with an offensive scheme from this century. You know, the ones the successful teams in this league like Green Bay, New England, New Orleans and Pittsburgh are using….but the Jets dance to a different beat.
The Giants will approach this game as they would any other preseason game – to get ready for the season. Rivalry? That’s a media concoction that remains only a topic for discussion because the Jets continue to make it one.
Of all the Giants asked, only one still looks at this matchup as a rivalry, and that is punter Steve Weatherford, a former Jet.
“Maybe that’s because I used to wear that other jersey,” Weatherford told reporters Monday. “ They share the city with us and when you have bragging rights in your own city, especially in New York City, that’s a pretty big deal. Although getting a win in our division is worth one and a half, beating the Jets is pretty sweet.”
Others look at the matchup as having no more value than a game against, say Seattle or Buffalo….They are more concerned with their brutal 2012 schedule, the toughest in the NFL this year. SNY Giants Insider Mike Garafolo has more from Geico SportsNite: