The way Tim Tebow was handled — or mishandled — this season by the New York Jets “was a mess” according to the team’s now-retired special teams coordinator.
Mike Westhoff spoke about the Tebow situation on a Miami radio station this morning, ESPN reports:
“It was a mess . It was an absolute mess. You can say whatever else you want, it was really a mess. I was very, very disappointed. There are things that Tim Tebow as an NFL quarterback, he’s very limited in some things. If you throw him in the middle of a drop-back passing offense, he will look very, 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 thought we were going to do, but we never did it.”
Westhoff, who called Tebow a very hard worker, said that it is a mystery as to why the former Florida star was never incorporated into a so-called special innovative offense the Jets claimed they had in mind after the trade:
“To be honest I don’t think anyone ever answered that question, ‘Why did we do it?’ 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.”
According to NFL.com, the original plan was use Tebow about one percent of the time on special teams but that changed when Eric Smith. Westhoff said that Tebow’s most effective role would have been in “as a combination tight end/halfback/fullback/quarterback.”
To make matters worse for Tim Tebow’s future NFL aspiration, the new Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell said the team is not interested in bringing Tebow back to his hometown.
Do you think Tim Tebow will have a job in the NFL next year? Did the Jets do irreparable damage his professional career this season?