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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.

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54 Responses to “Westhoff hints at a more extensive special-teams role for Tebow”
  1. joetoronto says: May 7, 2012 7:03 AM

    I can’t wait to see this upcoming mess, it’s going to be a riot.

  2. jeziyo247 says: May 7, 2012 7:05 AM

    I now declare that tebow’s Quarterbacking days are over

  3. warrenmoon says: May 7, 2012 7:12 AM

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

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

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

  5. mungman69 says: May 7, 2012 7:27 AM

    Why don’t they have Tiebow play linebacker. Makes no sense but, HEY, it’s the Jets.

  6. explosionsauce says: May 7, 2012 7:29 AM

    Circus

  7. nachohippo says: May 7, 2012 7:33 AM

    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…

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

    who cares? the jets are going nowhere per usual.

  9. bigwinintx says: May 7, 2012 7:37 AM

    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.

  10. 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?

  11. worldsgreatestbearsfan says: May 7, 2012 7:46 AM

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

  12. tjacks7 says: May 7, 2012 7:50 AM

    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.

  13. 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?

  14. canetic says: May 7, 2012 7:53 AM

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

  15. exibitsman says: May 7, 2012 7:53 AM

    Tebow will be a game changer for the Jets.

  16. habsman says: May 7, 2012 7:54 AM

    They still haven’t replaced Sal Alosi on the tripping unit.

  17. egreen4590 says: May 7, 2012 8:06 AM

    I’m sure some of those on the bubble special teamers would love to put a lick on Tebow. Could make their career.

  18. kwoodc says: May 7, 2012 8:10 AM

    Who cares? JETS, please go away.

  19. bamaboy3023 says: May 7, 2012 8:15 AM

    Wow Tebow went from first round starting quarterback to a glorified Special teamer in two season.

  20. rickastleydancemoves says: May 7, 2012 8:15 AM

    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.

  21. hodag54501 says: May 7, 2012 8:19 AM

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

  22. True Talker says: May 7, 2012 8:21 AM

    Back to back stories using 95%…..

    Cool Story Bro

  23. jade amor says: May 7, 2012 8:34 AM

    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….

  24. stonedwhitetrash says: May 7, 2012 8:34 AM

    With Tebow on the team God is on the Jets side. Or is he?

  25. vincentbojackson says: May 7, 2012 8:38 AM

    Does this mean Brad Smith is a “less-effective Tim Tebow”?

  26. 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.

  27. tatum064 says: May 7, 2012 9:00 AM

    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.

  28. peepeetoucher says: May 7, 2012 9:01 AM

    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.

  29. theandy59 says: May 7, 2012 9:04 AM

    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?

  30. jimjets says: May 7, 2012 9:23 AM

    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

  31. gmen1987 says: May 7, 2012 9:26 AM

    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.

  32. abninf says: May 7, 2012 9:56 AM

    cuda1234 says: May 7, 2012 7:20 AM

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

    Thanks to your help, all the Tebow articles get a lot of replies. So they keep writing them.

  33. schmitty2 says: May 7, 2012 10:01 AM

    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

  34. nflsucker says: May 7, 2012 10:02 AM

    With Sanchez as the starting QB, there will be plenty of Jets punts every game for Tebow to do something with.

  35. gavriloprincip33 says: May 7, 2012 10:06 AM

    jeziyo247 says:
    May 7, 2012 7:05 AM
    I now declare that tebow’s Quarterbacking days are over

    ——————

    We can only hope…

  36. gavriloprincip33 says: May 7, 2012 10:07 AM

    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?

  37. elmaxoh says: May 7, 2012 10:29 AM

    Come on … I know he’s not a really good QB , but don’t waste his time in Special Team …

  38. khuxford says: May 7, 2012 10:42 AM

    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.

  39. scytherius says: May 7, 2012 10:52 AM

    I’m waiting for them to drive him out in a clown car.

  40. dynaco says: May 7, 2012 11:37 AM

    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.

  41. joetoronto says: May 7, 2012 12:06 PM

    Jacksonville or NYC, Jacksonville or NYC…….

    I think I’ll take NYC, Alex.

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

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

  43. ampats says: May 7, 2012 12:50 PM

    jimjets,

    Big Jests fan here !!!

  44. realitypolice says: May 7, 2012 12:55 PM

    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?

  45. dynaco says: May 7, 2012 12:56 PM

    Pardon his spelling, he’s still in third grade.

  46. granadafan says: May 7, 2012 1:09 PM

    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”.

  47. jimjets says: May 7, 2012 2:01 PM

    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?

  48. ampats says: May 7, 2012 2:42 PM

    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)

  49. pftfan says: May 7, 2012 3:46 PM

    kacapaco says: May 7, 2012 12:10 PM

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

    —————————————-

    The Jets spent a fourth rounder on a special teamer!

    Wow, that only sounds like 31 other NFL teams.

  50. dynaco says: May 7, 2012 4:12 PM

    @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!!!

  51. jimjets says: May 7, 2012 7:11 PM

    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”

  52. backindasaddle says: May 7, 2012 8:08 PM

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

  53. slugdub says: May 7, 2012 9:43 PM

    Westoff is a crusty old Dbag

  54. dynaco says: May 7, 2012 11:07 PM

    Finally an expert on the matter has spoken!!!

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