Jets Q&A: Tim Tebow sees more action, regrets missed opportunity
What did Tim Tebow have to say about playing so much?
The backup quarterback saw his most action of the season Sunday, completing all three of his passes (8 total yards) and rushing four times for 14 yards. Three of his 10 snaps were nullified by penalties.
After the game, he lamented the big play that got away. With the score tied at 7, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano opted to go with Tebow at quarterback on third-and-1 at the Seattle 1. But the Jets' momentum -- and his chance to punch it in -- was thwarted when tight end Dustin Keller was flagged for his second false-start penalty of the game.
Tebow quickly exited as the Jets retreated to the 6, and starter Mark Sanchez promptly threw his fourth red-zone interception of the season.
"If I punch this one in there at the goal line, we're up 14-7. It's a lot different game," Tebow said. " . . . We lose that momentum, and in football, momentum is everything."
He was noticeably animated and upset after the penalty, but Tebow explained that his frustration had more to do with the missed opportunity.
"I think more than anything, it was a frustration because I knew we let an easy one slip away," said Tebow, who added that the Seahawks' defense looked perplexed on the play and "didn't really know where it was going." He added, "I felt like it would not have been very hard to score there."
Tebow also said he knew his involvement in the sequence was over after the penalty. "That's kind of my goal-line play, and you just kind of look over at the sideline, and I kind of knew," said Tebow, who called the third-and-6 situation "not easy to convert."
"You know the game plan, you know what the call was,'' he said. "I felt it was a great call. I think we were going to go up seven there.''
Tebow said he felt as though he was given more opportunities to be effective and didn't seem bothered when told of Rex Ryan's refusal to make a quarterback change. "Just got to continue to work hard, do my role and that's it," he said.
Bilal Powell got banged up on a special-teams play. Is he OK?
The running back was injured on the Jets' final punt of the first half with about 1:29 left. He did not return.
Powell, who was slow to get up and gingerly walked off the field, appeared to injure his shoulder, but it later was announced that he suffered a concussion. Powell -- who missed the previous two games with a separated shoulder -- finished with one carry for seven yards and one catch for four yards.
Where was Aaron Maybin?
The veteran outside linebacker was a healthy scratch Sunday and was replaced by rookie Ricky Sapp, who served as one of the Jets' game-day captains. The writing was on the wall for Maybin (at least for this week) after Sapp was promoted from the practice squad Thursday and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said the rookie would be used on third downs -- Maybin's specialty. Maybin led the Jets with six sacks last season but has none this year.