Westhoff hints at a more extensive special-teams role for Tebow

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It’s already been established that quarterback Tim Tebow will serve as the “personal punt protector” (which sounds a hell of a lot more dignified and important than “up back”) for the 2012 Jets.  Tebow possibly have even more involvement in the team’s special teams.

Special-teams coordinator Mike Westhoff tells Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that Westhoff will use Tebow, calling the backup quarterback a “more potent Brad Smith.”

Since Tebow will only rarely, if ever, run with the ball or pass it from punt formation, this suggests that Tebow could be used on the return teams, too.  Though he doesn’t possess the kind of straight-line speed that typically is exhibited by a return specialist, Tebow’s skills as a broken-field runner could make him an intriguing option for weaving through traffic after fielding a punt.

I’ve believed for years that Troy Polamalu’s controlled-chaos style of running with the ball would make him a great punt or kick returner.  Maybe the Jets see something similar in Tebow.

Regardless of Tebow’s actual role, Westhoff wouldn’t be referring to Tebow as a “more potent Brad Smith” if Tebow were simply going to be a decoy 95 percent of the time on punt plays.

54 responses to “Westhoff hints at a more extensive special-teams role for Tebow

  1. This is funny to me because Sparano said Tebow would get on the field 1-20 snaps a game… all on the punt team.

  2. Another day, another Tebow “story”. What will the media do when this guy is gone?

  3. Oh yes, this is all so invigorating. I can hardly wait until tomorrow morning when they break the news that he will be the holder for field goals…

  4. The guy could have gone back to Jacksonville and been a star, the starting quarterback, had the offense tailored to his strengths and he turns it all down to be a football joke in New York.

    This will last for a few games until the fans get tired of losing, and then demand Ryans’s head.

    What a doofus you are Tim Tebow.

  5. Love it…you trade for a guy who could turn your team back into a smash-mouth run dominant team, and instead of focusing on that, you spend your time dreaming up trick plays. How do some of these guys get front office positions?

  6. And his tendency to run backward will put the Jets in even worse field position.

  7. I wouldnt spend too much time trying to figure out how to use Tebow on special teams, he’ll have Sanchez’s job sooner or later.

  8. I’ve always said that coaches should put more “dangerous” people in these roles.

    Imagine lining up for a FB and seeing Reggie Bush or Darren Sproles as the holder. Think you are going to rush like you would if the backup QB or punter is holding?

  9. Maybe he’ll be the guy in charge of standing on the sidelines and tripping opposing players on punt coverage

  10. This team acts as if they are going to set punt return touchdown records because they have this “secret weapon” in Tim Tebow. You want to talk about bounties, I guarantee special teamers are going to be taking turns on who can blindside Tim Tebow in the return game.

  11. tv426 says: May 7, 2012 7:52 AM

    I’ve always said that coaches should put more “dangerous” people in these roles.

    Imagine lining up for a FB and seeing Reggie Bush or Darren Sproles as the holder. Think you are going to rush like you would if the backup QB or punter is holding?
    _______________________________

    I have never lined up for a Facebook, against Bush, Sproles, or anyone else….

  12. Hoping the Jets hand teams their a$%es this year…as much hate as these guys are getting.

    Here’s hoping for an Eagles-Jets Super Bowl. The troll factor would be off the charts.

  13. mymockdraft says:
    May 7, 2012 7:37 AM
    Love it…you trade for a guy who could turn your team back into a smash-mouth run dominant team, and instead of focusing on that, you spend your time dreaming up trick plays. How do some of these guys get front office positions?

    =================================

    Two AFC title games in a row will do the trick.

  14. truthhurtstoo says: May 7, 2012 7:35 AM

    who cares? the jets are going nowhere per usual.

    You seem to care, because you click the link and comment on almost every jets story on this site.

  15. The inability of this team to shut the hell up continues to astound. Trick plays out of ST formations rely on the element of surprise for success. Talking about using Tebow in that manner assures that teams will be ready when the Jets line-up in ST, removing the key factor for success. What could possibly be gained by talking about it?

  16. NEW RULE

    from now on anybody busting the jets chops must declare what team they root for.

    I clearly do with my screenname.

    if you are one of the many teams to never win the super bowl….bug off

    if you root for buffalo, miami, cleveland, cincinatti, jacksonville, kansas city, denver, oakland, washington, chicago, minnesota, tampa, carolina, st.louis, arizona or seattle…bug off. you sish you were as good as the jets

    if you live anywhere in the midwest…bug off

  17. Do any of you Goobers still believe that Tebow prefered to be traded to the Jets over the Jags?

    “Tim, Do you want to go to a team where the starting QB was absolutely horrible and play before your homies or do you want to go a cold weather team with a QB that took their team to 2 AFC championships and the coaching staff wants you to be a special teams player?” Do you seriously think Timmy would choose the Jets?

    The Broncos traded Tebow to the Jets because they know he would be joining a circus there.

  18. cuda1234 says: May 7, 2012 7:20 AM

    Another day, another Tebow “story”. What will the media do when this guy is gone?
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    Thanks to your help, all the Tebow articles get a lot of replies. So they keep writing them.

  19. I can see Tebow lining up in the slot a few plays per game. Imagine Sanchez throwing to Tebow. The thought of that should make Jet’s fans even more sick

  20. tatum064 says:
    May 7, 2012 8:58 AM
    Hoping the Jets hand teams their a$%es this year…as much hate as these guys are getting.

    Here’s hoping for an Eagles-Jets Super Bowl. The troll factor would be off the charts.

    —————-

    You headed to Vegas to put your whole paycheck down on that SB matchup?

  21. hodag54501 says:
    May 7, 2012 8:19 AM
    He might score on a punt return even before he loses his virginity.
    _______________

    He might score on a punt return where he loses his virginity.

    What happens at the bottom of the pile stays at the bottom of the pile.

  22. mymockdraft says:
    May 7, 2012 7:37 AM
    Love it…you trade for a guy who could turn your team back into a smash-mouth run dominant team, and instead of focusing on that, you spend your time dreaming up trick plays. How do some of these guys get front office positions?

    ————————————————–
    It’s called keeping your best payers on the field.
    But don’t worry lad, there’s still time for you to make some teams front office one day.

  23. Make him a tight end.

    Now.

    He’s big, he’s fast, he’s strong.

    He’s as big as Gronk and just as athletic, if not more.

    Every time I post this, I get a million thumbs down but no one ever tells me why it wouldn’t work.

    Sure, it’s not a slam dunk to work, but why not give it a shot?

  24. The clownfest gets better and better each day. The New York tabloids are already licking their chops for clever headlines. Get ready for the headlines for “#Timsanity” or “Tebow parts the sea of defenders to lead his ball carrier to the Promised Endzone Land”.

  25. hey AMPATS, old buddy…

    you’re the kind of guy who liked Michael Jackson in the 80’s because “everybody else does”…now, you’re a sad old guy trying to tell people you like Lady Gaga because you think it makes you cool…just like you didn’t know anything about the Pats before they started cheating and winning….still with the red sox and bobby valentine? (because if you want to talk about sports franchises we can talk about, 27 – 6…I believe that’s the number of yankees wins to red sox wins…and the yankees never got caught cheating!!!)

    Let’s touch base, in person, this fall at MetLife when our teams play, huh pal?

  26. jimjets “pal”

    This is a football website as I could care less about two baseball team that will not see the postseason. But that what every jets fan will point to since the football version that resides in the AFCE hasn’t accomplished anything in 43 years which based on your post I am willing to bet you were not even born. As far as your Yankees never cheating, can you say Roger Clemens ??

    I look forward to meeting you in person at Metlife in November, I’ll be the one carrying the broom(as the jets get swept again)

  27. kacapaco says: May 7, 2012 12:10 PM

    Why would Jets spend whole lot of money and pick for special teamer?

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    The Jets spent a fourth rounder on a special teamer!

    Wow, that only sounds like 31 other NFL teams.

  28. @realitypolice says:

    I’m sure it’s going to happen. Tebow will exploit some LB’s from the TE position. Just a matter of who and when. Can’t wait for the circus to pack up tent and pull out of Hatertown, USA with a win!!!

  29. hey ampats, “pal”

    don’t bring to big of a broom….it will be easier to take a small one out of your face

    working on a new song… “haven’t won a thing since they got caught cheating, and everybody knows it”

  30. The NY Jerks will rely heavily on gimmicks and trick plays this year. It’s all they got.

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