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Add recently retired special teams coach Mike Westhoff to the list of people chiming in on the troubled season of the New York Jets and their use of Tim Tebow.
Speaking on Miami radio station 560 WQAM on Friday, Westhoff, who spent 15 years as a special teams coach with the Dolphins before serving on the Jets staff the past 12 seasons, called the situation "an absolute mess."
It was a distraction and really a shame," Westhoff told show host Joe Rose, "because thats a hard-working young man.
Tebow was traded from Denver to New York amid much fanfare last offseason. Expectations were that, even if the Jets didn't make him their starter, they'd unleash him in the Wildcat.
But it never materialized.
Tebow saw limited in action in 12 games, completing 6 of 8 passes for 39 yards and rushing for 102 yards. He failed to score a touchdown.
Tim Tebow, as an NFL quarterback, hes very limited in some things, and if you throw him right in the middle of a drop-back passing offense, he will look very, very average at best, Westhoff said. But if you incorporate him in different facets of your offense, I think he can be a factor. Thats what I felt we were going to do, but we never did it.
To be honest, I dont think anybodys really answered that question -- why didnt we do it? I honestly dont know. I know we didnt practice it, we didnt practice it in training camp. We were going to unveil it -- well, Im still waiting for the unveiling.
Speculation is that the Jets will release Tebow, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. The Jaguars seemingly took themselves out of consideration with newly hired general manager Dave Caldwell saying, "I can't imagine a scenario where he would be a Jacksonville Jaguar."
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