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Jets thinking about using Tim Tebow on kickoffs

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Another day, another potential role for Tim Tebow with the Jets.

We already know that the team intends to use Tebow as the personal protector on the punt team and in a package of offensive plays designed to take advantage of his running ability. He might also be the team’s quarterback in the red zone, which could mean that he leads the team to scores before covering the ensuing kickoff.

That’s the word from Jets assistant special teams coach Ben Kotwica, who told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the team is considering using Tebow on their kickoff coverage team. Kotwica said that he’s not concerned about Tebow’s speed getting down the field or about his ability to make a tackle when he gets down there.

“When he’s in coverage, he’ll be looking to tackle the returner,” Kotwica said. “And from what I’ve seen, I’ve got a pretty high degree of confidence that he would be able to do that.”

The need to keep Tebow healthy in case he needs to actually step in and play quarterback would seem to make playing him on kick coverage a bad idea, especially when you’re presumably going to have other candidates for the job on the 53-man roster.

Some might say that the Jets’ plans for Tebow are evolving with the passage of time. Others would probably say that it doesn’t seem like the Jets have a plan at all and that they are just throwing things at a wall to see what sticks. Either way, it looks like Tebow is about to embark on one of the more unusual seasons that a backup quarterback has ever experienced.

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25 Responses to “Jets thinking about using Tim Tebow on kickoffs”
  1. joetoronto says: Jul 24, 2012 12:30 PM

    What’s he gonna do, say a prayer before kickoff?

  2. jhart615 says: Jul 24, 2012 12:33 PM

    So let me get this straight….They sent a 4th rounder to the Broncos for the right to let a dude play out of position at punt blocker, kick off coverage team, and also as a strict red zone running QB? THIS, ladies and gentlemen, along with Rex Ryan’s eternal guarantees, are why the New York Jets are the joke of all jokes.

  3. nfloracle says: Jul 24, 2012 12:33 PM

    Let Tebow play every position for the first nine games.

    That way the rest of the team will be healthy and anxious to get on the field for the playoffs.

  4. joekuze says: Jul 24, 2012 12:35 PM

    This is B.S. Joe McKnight was the league leader with 31.6 yards per attempt. Unless they are using him to block or some crap.

  5. pixelito says: Jul 24, 2012 12:36 PM

    This is what happens when Owners make personnel decisions.

  6. cruuuzcontrol says: Jul 24, 2012 12:37 PM

    And with each passing day, it will become more obvious that the Jets traded for Tebow just to ensure that they’d always have a prominent headline.

  7. agelardi says: Jul 24, 2012 12:37 PM

    The Jets either have no clue how they are going to use Tebow or they just aren’t telling the rest of the league.

  8. broncfanor says: Jul 24, 2012 12:42 PM

    And yet his fans want us to believe he will be a great QB in the NFL and future Hall of Famer.

    How exactly is that going to happen when his own team doesn’t take him seriously?

    No team would EVER consider using a future QB in this manner.

    Tebow is nothing more than a side show attraction and the Jets are using him as such.

    The Broncos are better off without him.

  9. ReinaLee says: Jul 24, 2012 12:43 PM

    I see, the Jets have finally realized that Tebow is a waste in a Pro style offense. And with the substantial number of career ending/life altering injuries sustained by players on kick offs, maybe they are hoping that Tebow can take himself out of the equation, rather than have a QB controversy between 2 bad QBs

  10. stonecld33 says: Jul 24, 2012 12:48 PM

    Maybe he can fill in when Revis holds out

  11. liner1900 says: Jul 24, 2012 12:54 PM

    Anyone remember Dolphins backup QB Jim Jensen? He was a special teams ace and offensive “joker”, so why not Tebow?

  12. pdxninerfan says: Jul 24, 2012 1:07 PM

    If the sideshow and the QB delusions could be set aside, I would say a team is better off with Tebow than without him in whatever role they see fit for him. He has talent and the intangibles. And I’m not a fan…just got to appreciate what he did last year.

    Then came the New England games. 😉

  13. amaf21 says: Jul 24, 2012 1:16 PM

    Yes, he will be really good and crowding the sidelines and tripping gunners.

  14. hyzers says: Jul 24, 2012 1:25 PM

    Tebow will get hurt playing special teams. Guys will be gunning for him. It won’t be pretty.

  15. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Jul 24, 2012 1:28 PM

    jhart615 says:Jul 24, 2012 12:33 PM

    So let me get this straight….They sent a 4th rounder to the Broncos for the right to let a dude play out of position at punt blocker, kick off coverage team, and also as a strict red zone running QB? THIS, ladies and gentlemen, along with Rex Ryan’s eternal guarantees, are why the New York Jets are the joke of all jokes.

    Ahhhh, but he is never more “out of position” than when he plays quarterback.

    What this may be telling us is that he isn’t actually their #2 QB, but rather just a gimmick QB, which is all he’ll ever be. So when Sanchez gets benched, it might be Greg McElroy that actually does the passing.

  16. surfinbird1 says: Jul 24, 2012 1:30 PM

    A very expensive special teamer.

  17. adambealyer says: Jul 24, 2012 1:38 PM

    And to think people wanted the Jaguars to draft this dude in the first round and then trade for him a few months ago… I’m so glad this ridiculous circus is not in Jacksonville.

  18. r4cbass says: Jul 24, 2012 1:43 PM

    Remember when the Jets used to call the wildcat a gimmick?

  19. scoops1 says: Jul 24, 2012 1:57 PM

    At the rate, tebow should just be the GM of the jets

  20. viguy007 says: Jul 24, 2012 1:58 PM

    This is a joke. The Jets and Tebow are having a little fun at the Media’s expense. Does anybody really believe this?

  21. nycbronx says: Jul 24, 2012 2:30 PM

    jets win that all hate when your team go win playoff games

  22. petedutcher says: Jul 24, 2012 3:45 PM

    I’m no Tebow follower but I really don’t get the hate toward the guy. So he’s a running QB…Michael Vick was too and he was a fan favorite (not to me though).

    If Tebow had come in and caused his team to lose a lot of games, I would get it. But he came in and he won games.

    I think he’s getting a bum deal. And I think bigotry due to his beliefs are one of the main reasons.

  23. jimmylions says: Jul 24, 2012 6:16 PM

    @ petedutcher: Tebow gets a bad rap because he can’t pass. He’s a Bobby Douglas-style QB who can occasionally throw a pass, but is more effective as a runner.

    His performance against the Lions last year should tell you everything you need to know.

  24. stevenfbrackett says: Jul 24, 2012 8:45 PM

    Whatever it takes to keep him from trying to throw the ball. . . .

  25. salventuri says: Jul 25, 2012 1:19 PM

    Well, one thing is certain….the Jets have stolen most of the media attention away from the Giants. That’s like a Super Bowl Victory as far as the Jets are concerned.

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