The Colts head into their first road game in more than a month with a little uncertainty in terms of defensive preparation.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will be the starter according to head coach Rex Ryan but backup Tim Tebow is expected to see action in specific packages.
Tebow played seven snaps in the Jets’ 22-17 loss to the Texans and has carried the ball 14 times this season.
“Timmy (Tebow) has played already and you don’t know how much is going to come. You never do,” Colts interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said of defending the Jets two quarterbacks.
“If it’s successful you’re going to get a bunch of it, if you shut it down you go back to the other. So you have to be ready for Mark (Sanchez) and that passing game and the run game, and you also have to be ready for the wildcat.”
Colts defensive end Cory Redding knows game planning for two quarterbacks is something Indianapolis hasn’t dealt with this season.
“It’s a unique situation so you have to prepare for both quarterbacks,” Redding said. “Both posses different skill traits. We are going to have to prepare for everything, with focus and get ready for a football game.”
Sanchez has been the starter for each of the five games the Jets (2-3) have played this season. Against the Texans, Sanchez was 14-of-31 for 230 yards and threw for one touchdown and two interceptions.
The Jets offense was playing without it’s top two receivers and tight end Dustin Keller against the Texans.
With Tebow added to the Jets offense, Redding said the film study has shown him a team that is continuing to try and pound the ball on the ground.
“First and foremost, is they try to establish the run, to create the chance to throw the ball down the field,” Redding said. “A little sprinkle of (Tim) Tebow. That’s pretty much what we are expecting.”
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