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Why not: Rex says Tebow could play some RB Sunday

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With a banged-up backfield and a seemingly perpetual need to entertain, Jets coach Rex Ryan said Thursday that Tim Tebow could get some snaps as a running back Sunday against the Patriots.

Joe McKnight has a high ankle sprain, and Bilal Powell has a separated shoulder, and while Ryan didn’t rule either out, neither is expected to play.

That leaves tailbacks Shonn Greene and Jonathan Grimes (recently signed off the Texans practice squad), along with fullback Lex Hilliard in the backfield.

“That’s a possibility,” Ryan said of the option of Tebow carrying the ball, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “The thing about Tim, with him being a football player, . . . By playing quarterback, he knows all the positions. So can you plug him in at running back? Can you plug him in at tight end? I think the answer is yes.

“His skillset would be more based on power,” Ryan added. “He’s not going to be a blazer compared to other running backs, but he’s got power.”

Greene looked for a moment like the back the Jets envisioned last week, with 161 yards and three touchdowns. But he was playing against the Colts, not the Patriots.

And if nothing else, it gives the Patriots one more thing to worry about, the same week Ryan was soft-pedaling his own skills as a coach.

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61 Responses to “Why not: Rex says Tebow could play some RB Sunday”
  1. gadzod says: Oct 18, 2012 12:28 PM

    yeah why not? That team is a circus anyway…

  2. greglloydrules says: Oct 18, 2012 12:30 PM

    Love em or hate em, the guy is a playmaker. Let him play. I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes them just a little better.

  3. cuda1234 says: Oct 18, 2012 12:33 PM

    Its about time! Timmy looks a lot more like the next Mike Alstott than the next Dan Marino.

  4. mrbullgator says: Oct 18, 2012 12:35 PM

    Huge Tebow fan here, and I can tell you I’m tired of this circus in NY.

  5. blacknole08 says: Oct 18, 2012 12:35 PM

    Didn’t Tebow lose to the Patriots twice last year? I’m sure the Pats would welcome having Tebow in the game as much as possible.

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Oct 18, 2012 12:36 PM

    Here’s the thing. There are RBs who were college all-Americans and Heisman Trophy winners who couldn’t play RB in the NFL. Same with WRs. But genius Sparano puts a backup QB who never played WR in his life at WR, and then wonders why his offense stinks.

    Go ahead. Put Tebow in the I. Hand it to him a couple times. He’s not an NFL running back. Ever wonder what would happen if the best guy on your flag football team played RB in an NFL game? About to find out.

  7. fuglyflorio says: Oct 18, 2012 12:38 PM

    The Jets are amazingly entertaining. I expect that one day instead of running out the tunnel a paisley-painted Volkswagon will rumble to midfield … honk a few times … and the entire team will pile out dressed as clowns.

  8. amanistumor says: Oct 18, 2012 12:39 PM

    Yes, line him up back there deep… hand him the rock a couple of times. Then, when the opposing defense least expects it, direct snap to the RB/Tebow and run a run/pass option.

    Rexy would be such a genius!!!!

  9. dmaq1 says: Oct 18, 2012 12:40 PM

    Rex Ryan went from being one of the best coaches in the league in 2010 to being one of the worst in 2012.

    I think the Jets take too much heat, esp. for being 3-3, but I can’t deny that he brings it upon himself.

    Jets would be better without Rex.. but I hope he stays, I’m a Dolphins fan.

  10. choocho says: Oct 18, 2012 12:41 PM

    finally a voice of reason. RB or TE is what he’s good for.

  11. mrtrappedinmymindsr says: Oct 18, 2012 12:44 PM

    Im glad im not a Jets fan…….

  12. niners816 says: Oct 18, 2012 12:45 PM

    Cromartie at wr, Tebow at rb..sure why not. Haha the Jets…smh.

  13. ripster65 says: Oct 18, 2012 12:48 PM

    Hmmm…I wonder if any coaches other than Ryan and Harbaugh ever have comments regarding anything…at all…ever.

  14. steveny5 says: Oct 18, 2012 12:53 PM

    If Tebow scores, he will “”Tebow ” in the end zone and it will be awesome.

  15. lightcleric says: Oct 18, 2012 12:53 PM

    “Can you plug him in at tight end?”

    I’m guessing Belichick thinks so, which explains his mancrush on Tebow.

  16. joetoronto says: Oct 18, 2012 12:55 PM

    The FB playing FB?

    Say it ain’t so.

  17. tjacks7 says: Oct 18, 2012 12:55 PM

    Personally, I’d love to see it. There has to be something Tebow can do on a football field besides wildcat QB and punt protecting.

  18. eaglesfan036 says: Oct 18, 2012 12:55 PM

    Just start Tebow already

  19. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 18, 2012 1:01 PM

    I hope he does it. It’s worth a try and maybe he’ll turn out to be really good at it.

  20. odenxx says: Oct 18, 2012 1:02 PM

    Finally !!! why has it taken so long .he can’t throw .RB is the way to go.

  21. whatnojets says: Oct 18, 2012 1:02 PM

    Sounds like it’s going to be a very entertaining game. T

  22. sterilizecromartie says: Oct 18, 2012 1:04 PM

    I don’t understand this at all. If you are going to have Tebow run the ball just have him do it out of the wildcat as the QB so he has an extra blocker.

  23. thetruth845 says: Oct 18, 2012 1:05 PM

    He should have been playing RB from day 1.

  24. ratbirdking says: Oct 18, 2012 1:07 PM


  25. patriots87 says: Oct 18, 2012 1:14 PM

    why not? cause spikes and hightower might put a hurtin on him.

  26. malibudave66 says: Oct 18, 2012 1:16 PM

    I think Pats will have to honor the threat of Tim anytime he’s in the game because Bill would have done the same thing with him if he had him.

  27. marvsleezy says: Oct 18, 2012 1:27 PM

    Sounds like its the Jets who are at a disadvantage in preparation time because of Tebow – Not the competition.

    Just watch for the fake punt and you are good.

  28. hawkforlife says: Oct 18, 2012 1:29 PM

    So if he gets hurt then there’s no backup QB. That’s Why Not.

    If they have a 3rd string QB that’s active he’s never played a snap in the NFL and gets no practice time.

    More REX coaching.

  29. elroyjetsson says: Oct 18, 2012 1:30 PM

    eaglesfan036 says:
    Oct 18, 2012 12:55 PM
    Just start Tebow already


    Eagles need a QB

  30. dlk47823 says: Oct 18, 2012 1:39 PM

    The Jets suck so bad…..there are 2 teams in The AFC with better records!

  31. tigershark49 says: Oct 18, 2012 1:40 PM

    Why not tell they opponent everything you are doing? What a stupid coach!

  32. notthathand says: Oct 18, 2012 1:41 PM

    Not a fan of the Jets or Ryan, but I have to say this sounds like an entertaining idea. Whether it works as well as say, a tiny ex-QB WR playing DB remains to be seen.

  33. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 18, 2012 1:43 PM

    1972wasalongtimeago says:Oct 18, 2012 12:36 PM

    Here’s the thing. There are RBs who were college all-Americans and Heisman Trophy winners who couldn’t play RB in the NFL. Same with WRs. But genius Sparano puts a backup QB who never played WR in his life at WR, and then wonders why his offense stinks.

    Go ahead. Put Tebow in the I. Hand it to him a couple times. He’s not an NFL running back. Ever wonder what would happen if the best guy on your flag football team played RB in an NFL game? About to find out.

    You must have a pretty good flag football team. Look, in college Tebow rushed for 2,947 yards on 692 carries. Last year in the NFL, he had 660 yards in 122 carries. Some of these were scrambles but most were designed runs from the shotgun. He knows how to find the hole and hit it. Is it so different for him to be handed the ball instead of having it snapped to him?

  34. granadafan says: Oct 18, 2012 1:48 PM

    Tebow is Slash 2.0. Kordell Stewart approves of this move.

  35. CKL says: Oct 18, 2012 1:51 PM

    I am 100% positive that RR and co have some Tebow stuff they’ve saved up just for the Pats. After getting a look at my team’s pass defense, they probably aren’t limiting it to ST and option plays either.

  36. zerole00 says: Oct 18, 2012 2:19 PM

    Okay honestly, has Tebow’s pride been the only thing stopping teams from playing him at RB? I’m not a fan of him as a QB, but as a RB he seems to have the build, power, and speed to excel at the position.

  37. riverhorsey says: Oct 18, 2012 2:19 PM

    Tebow brings fire to a team just being on the field I’ll give him that.

  38. thejohnsmith1122 says: Oct 18, 2012 2:23 PM

    tigershark49 says:
    Oct 18, 2012 1:40 PM
    Why not tell they opponent everything you are doing? What a stupid coach!


    I think everyone is taking this article the wrong way or the media is purposely omitting certain portions to make this more news worthy. It doesn’t mention it, but the way Rex answered seems that he was asked that question. He wasn’t the one who brought it up.

    Maybe something like “would you consider putting Tebow at running back since Mcknight and Powell are injured?”

  39. buffaloniner says: Oct 18, 2012 2:35 PM

    Gotta give him credit for trying but Rex’s attempts at trickery are so transparent.

    Tebow as personal punt protector = Look for us to fake some punts!

    Tebow as RB = Look for a failed Halfback option play!

  40. larryjames836 says: Oct 18, 2012 2:36 PM

    Rex Ryan is coach that anything to make a win, a coach that use what he got smart man. Some teams has guys to play have them setting on the sideline when other teams can use them. Why have them and don’t play them this is crazy these guys want to play ball not set on the side.

  41. 69finfan says: Oct 18, 2012 2:38 PM

    Pretty soon the Headline is going to say Why Not: Tim Tebow is going to be Head Coach, he can’t be any worse than the other guy we had, says Jets Owner, Woody Johnson!

  42. jerze2387 says: Oct 18, 2012 2:41 PM

    So..they play a CB at WR (Cromartie), a RB at CB (Mcknight), and now a QB at RB (Tebow). Wouldnt it have been easier to play the CB at CB, the RB at RB and the (attempted) QB on the bench?

  43. realnflmaster says: Oct 18, 2012 3:04 PM

    How is a 3-3 team that’s 2-0 in the division a circus?

    Lololol idiots.

  44. pats777 says: Oct 18, 2012 3:43 PM

    Wait, I thought the Pats were the ones with the “gimmick” offense?

  45. dwoofer says: Oct 18, 2012 3:48 PM

    Yes, anything but QB for Tebow. We don’t want him in the spotlight, now, do we? He put such a dent in the beer sales with all this talk about Jesus all the time.

    Make him an “oddity.” A running back, a fake punt runner, a freak show. Losing too much money with him at QB.

  46. liter0fcola says: Oct 18, 2012 3:52 PM

    This is a game where you win an any cost and you make moves to put you in that position. It will keep them on their toes.

  47. thewizardofbs says: Oct 18, 2012 4:02 PM

    it may work until he slides to avoid getting tackled…

  48. lanflfan says: Oct 18, 2012 4:20 PM

    Some of you are missing the point. It is very difficult (and against the injury report rules) to hide an injury in the NFL, so teams already know the Jets are thin at RB.

    Coaches generally say things to plant seeds in their oppositions mind. Putting Tebow in as punt protector means the opposition may alter its return formation/scheme, which could benefit the Jets punt team whether they fake or punt. It’s no secret Tebow is their Wildcat QB, but this new RB wrinkle may change some defensive schemes (before or during the game), benefiting the Jets offensive directly or causing their opponent to burn timeouts on defense.

  49. realitypolice says: Oct 18, 2012 4:21 PM

    I wouldn’t call this “playing a QB at running back”, I would call it “playing a great athlete at a position he might actually be good at”.

    I still think he’s better suited for TE, but even RB will be a better use of his strengths than trying to make him into the QB he will NEVER be.

  50. chooko says: Oct 18, 2012 4:25 PM

    Whether or not this is a good idea (I don’t think it is, but who knows), I just don’t get why Rex keeps talking.

  51. florida727 says: Oct 18, 2012 4:28 PM

    I’m a Tebow fan, but this is wrong. There’s a HUGE difference between running as a running back and running as a quarterback. What the heck is Ryan doing? Now he’s just plain being idiotic.

  52. randomguy9999 says: Oct 18, 2012 4:30 PM

    Tebow will get snapped in half at RB if they are expecting it…. anybody really think he is gonna hit the hole or turn a corner like an actual RB?

    no way

    prepare for a cart off…..

  53. davefu50 says: Oct 18, 2012 4:57 PM

    Why didn’t anyone ask if Sanchez is going to play any QB sunday?

  54. gmen1987 says: Oct 18, 2012 4:58 PM

    Is Tim Tebow an NFL anything?

  55. xmatt0926x says: Oct 18, 2012 6:09 PM

    I swear I’ll never get this “Tebow” thing that has happened over the last 2 years. I mean, I do get it. We are just a dumbed down society looking for any story to entertain us, but what does this guy provide as an athlete? He’s an awful NFL quarterback with no accuracy and a slow delivery. He gives you no more at running back or receiver than any average guy who was cut in the pre-season. What did the Jets really think this guy was going to bring? I loved the pass from Sanchez that bounced off his facemask a couple weeks ago after he ran his 5 yard out pattern like the thick-legged, slow white guy he is. Why is he supposed to make something out of that play that any below average to average running back would? I’m not a fan or hater of any team he has been on or is now. I just have never seen such a crock be put over so many people before and if any NFL expert dares to question his talent it’s like you spoke out against Jesus.

  56. nashwaakkidd says: Oct 18, 2012 6:10 PM

    queue up the caliope music as the circus continues. rex makes norv turner look like a genius.great dc, quite possibly the worst hc ever.maybe they can bring in vick after he gets punted from philly. godboy and sociopath vick in the power I behind dirty sanchez under center! now that would sell tickets.

  57. xmatt0926x says: Oct 18, 2012 6:12 PM

    One more thing. Put a mask over his face, take the name off the back of the jersey in any NFL camp and he doesn’t get one sniff at making any NFL roster. Not even close.

  58. contract says: Oct 18, 2012 6:15 PM

    Tebow is the new Slash. He can be subpar at multiple positions.

  59. nathanbetz91 says: Oct 18, 2012 6:39 PM

    That would be sweet

  60. EJ says: Oct 18, 2012 7:11 PM

    Tebow will probably dominate at Running back, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ryan use him more after this week. He is not flashy, nor is he fast, but Tebow has much more power than you would expect from a QB. He also knows how to shake off defenders with ease. Tebow is fun to watch, unless he is on the opposite team. His run against the Jets last year was awesome, especially for the fact that Cromartie wanted nothing to do with going one on one with Tebow, he probably knew he’d get wrecked. I’d love to have Tebow join my team, just not as a Quarterback.

  61. stonedwhitetrash says: Oct 18, 2012 7:44 PM

    Oh sweet Jesus and his virgin Mother!!!!

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