LaRon Landry: Jets didn't use Tim Tebow properly

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During a daylong media tour at ESPN's Bristol, Conn., compound on Wednesday, soon-to-be free agent LaRon Landry said he was surprised by the Jets' inconsistent and predictable use of backup quarterback Tim Tebow.

"I thought it was going to be a little bit more," the Pro Bowl safety said of Tebow's role on "First Take." "It came to a point where, 'OK, Tim is going into the game, it's going to be a power [run].' I would've loved to have seen him throw the ball a little bit more, to mix it up a little bit more . . . When he came in the game, what'd y'all think? It was going to be a run, right? Yeah, every time."

Tebow averaged fewer than seven offensive snaps per game and threw only eight passes in 2012, while Mark Sanchez -- who was benched in favor of third-stringer Greg McElroy late in the year -- threw 18 interceptions and lost 14 fumbles.

"Certain days I went into the office thinking like, 'Man, who's going to be up?' " Landry said.

The carousel of quarterbacks did little to help the Jets (6-10), who missed the playoffs for the second straight year. Landry, however, doesn't believe Sanchez's struggles were related to Tebowmania. The hard-hitting safety called Tebow a "winner" and a "competitor," but also defended Sanchez as "a playoff quarterback as well."

Although Landry was careful not to criticize the offense directly, he admitted the Jets' defense had to compensate for the lack of scoring.

"We had to be offensive players as well and put points on the board," he said. "And that's the approach that we took. We rose up . . . I look at it as you could either be good or be great. And our defense just had to be great."

Landry, who denied there was a "circus" atmosphere surrounding the team, later said on ESPN's "NFL 32" that he "hopefully" will return to the Jets in 2013. But because he can't be franchised, per a clause in the one-year deal he signed last offseason, the Jets likely won't be able to retain him because of salary-cap issues.

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