I remember a newspaper headline that said 'The circus comes to town', in reference to Tim Tebow's arrival in New York. Personally, I would have used the word 'trainwreck' in reference to the NY Jets use of Tebow during this past season. Tebow never started a game for the Jets at quarterback and actually didn't play the role that much at all. Whenever his number was called and he ran onto the field I didn't know where he would end up or exactly what his role would be for that particular play. To call him a miscellaneous player would be an understatement.
Former NY Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff called the Jets handling of Tebow "an absolute mess".
Westhoff said, "It was a mess, it was an absolute mess. You can say it however else you want it. It was really a mess. I was very, very disappointed." When asked how he would've handled the situation differently Westhoff added, "There are things that Tim Tebow, as an NFL QB, he's very limited in some things. If you throw him right in the middle of a drop-back passing offense, he will look very, average at best. But if you incorporate him in different facets of your offense, I think he can be a factor. That's what I felt we were going to do, but we never did it."
Westhoff was only getting started as he explained how Tebow was to be used in a limited role with special teams but ended up being a predominantly special teams player. "My role with him was really only to be like 1%. That's all I was thinking. Then when Eric Smith got hurt, I had to use him full time. I didn't have anyone. I was stuck, I lost two guys. Most of the stuff he did for me, he did outstanding. But it was supposed to only be a fraction and it ended up being his only role."
So why even bring Tebow to the Jets? Westoff explained, "To be honest, I don't think anybody has really answered that question; why did we do it?"
I remember Rex Ryan saying something about a special set of plays he wanted to use Tebow in and that's why the Jets acquired him and when asked about these plays Westhoff said, "I honestly don't know, I know we didn't practice it. We didn't practice it in training camp. We were going to unveil it. Well, I'm still waiting for the unveiling and it didn't happen. It's very disappointing, but again, if you just say this is a quintessential NFL drop-back QB, no he's not. He's just not. But if you use him in a lot of different facets, in my opinion, I think he's outstanding. If you do that, but we didn't do it. And it was a distraction and really a shame, because that's a hard working young man if you ever saw one, believe me."
Tim Tebow had an outstanding college career with the Florida Gators during which he set and broke many college QB records. His style of play didn't really transfer that well into the NFL and as a result, he maybe out of the league next year. Many speculated that he would end up in his hometown with the Jacksonville Jaguars but the team has since released statements saying they have no interest in Tebow. On January 8, 2012 Tebow helped the Denver Broncos defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first round of the Playoffs and was traded after Denver acquired Peyton Manning.