Picture this, Tebow under center, Kaepernick lined up behind him in I formation with a running back off-set right…
Tebow takes the snap and pitches the ball right to the running back who heads wide outside, with Kaepernick shadowing backside. The running back then has a read option and can elect to either run or pitch the football back to Kaepernick. If he pitches the ball back, Kaepernick can then quickly set and throw downfield. Otherwise, the running back can continue running with the football.
Such a play will force corners and safeties to have to carry downfield passing routes and make it so they can not come up and defend against the run (otherwise they would leave receivers wide open). This would all but eliminate the potential for defensive backs to provide run support (which they normally do now, and often are the ones stopping running backs who can run wide), putting all the pressure on defensive linemen and linebackers to chase a faster running back with a head start on a pitch play wide. One of those linebackers would probably also be committed to covering the tight end downfield.
This is just one example of how making Kaepernick and Tebow my team’s two starting quarterbacks will devastate modern-day NFL defenses. I can not even imagine how much more productive a running back like Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook would become in this offense. He would literally have to just beat four defensive linemen and two linebackers (4-3) in a foot race (very likely).
These types of perimeter play diagrams would wear out opposing defensive lines, who would be forced to spend more time chasing plays. A more worn-out defensive line gives even more of an advantage to the offense, to then go back to traditionally pounding the ball between the tackles and controlling the game clock.
Here is another play scenario. This time Kaepernick instead lines up under center and Tebow is lined up in I formation behind him with the running back offset left. A tight end and receiver are also lined up to the offense’s left side.
Kaepernick takes the snap as the tight end, goes on a route up the left seam, and the receiver who was lined up to the left begins to run a deep straight go route clearing things out.
Kaepernick pitches it to Tebow left who can run or pass. Tebow has a read-option with the running back shadowing his backside. Tebow is about halfway to the edge. Does Tebow A) run himself B) pitch it even wider to the faster running back C) throw the football to the tight end or wide receivers downfield or D) throw it to the running back who was trailing Tebow, but took off instead on a pass route?
What would the linebackers do? How would the safeties respond? How could the corners provide any kind of run support, while in coverage if Tebow ran or the running back took a pitch wide then went down the sideline?
My guess is having a second quarterback in the game full-time (I will give him the name of QRB which stands for Quarter Running Back) will present a plethora of run and passing options on the perimeters of the field, that do not currently exist in the game. Those options will become a nightmare for NFL defenses who are already at a reactive disadvantage because they do not know what the play is.
These are only two play scenarios out of countless possibilities. Teams like Baltimore, New Orleans, and San Francisco have dabbled with a second quarterback on the field, but nobody has ever gone to a full-time offensive two-quarterback system with both of them being a dual-pass or run threat on top of it.
Tebow has already begun this hybrid transition, when he became a tight-end in Jacksonville this year, which now makes him even more adaptable to the possibilities of running, throwing, and catching the football.
This is where the pro game is headed getting outside of the traditional positional labels and the traditional (and predictable) offensive and defensive formations, and play designs.
My 2QB offensive system featuring Kaepernick and Tebow is every bit what the Wildcat was that took Miami from being the worst team in the league to the playoffs the following season. It will take the NFL by storm in 2022.
I plan on naming Kevin Kelley as my head coach, who is the most aggressive and outside-the-box thinker in the game. Kelley currently is the head coach at Presbyterian College. In his first game this season, Kelley’s QB threw for an FCS record 10 touchdowns.
My plan of attack will win the Super Bowl for any team in the NFL next season. This is just a preview of the revolutionary concepts and approaches the NFL has never seen before in coaching.
Daniel Kelly is a former NFL scout with the New York Jets. He was hired on the regime which featured Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Scott Pioli, Mike Tannenbaum, and Dick Haley. He currently writes for Sports Illustrated Detroit Lions and he is a contributing evaluator for Draft Diamonds. For more information about him visit his website at whateverittakesbook.com. He can be followed on Twitter @danielkellybook and his Facebook page is WHATEVER IT TAKES NFL TALK.