Tim Tebow's still hoping his role will expand
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Halfway through the Jets' season, Tim Tebow and coach Rex Ryan still seem uncertain about his role as the Wildcat quarterback / backup QB / personal punt protector. While Tebow has maintained a relentlessly upbeat, team-first attitude, he admits things haven't been what they were cracked up to be in training camp.
Asked if he expected more than five snaps at quarterback per game, Tebow shrugged Wednesday after practice and said, "I didn't know what to expect, to be honest with you. It was hard to try to picture what was going to happen, how it was all going to mesh.
"At times we've done some good things, and at times, it definitely hasn't been as effective as I would have liked it. We've had some good plays now and then. We've still got half the season to go, so we'll try to do better."
Heading to the bye week with a 3-5 record, Ryan said he would evaluate Tebow's role with an eye toward expanding it. But Wednesday, he backtracked, saying, "It probably wasn't the smartest thing, me coming out with that statement. It's more about all of us, and Tim included."
Tebow said he's heard nothing directly from Ryan about any expansion of his role. It's mid-November, and Tebow remains something of a secret weapon that never has been deployed fully. There is a certain amount of frustration that goes with that. "When you're getting the ball a lot during the game, you can kind of get the rhythm of the game," Tebow explained. "I think that makes it easier.
"Spot-playing is fun. You're in different roles. At the same time, it's hard to get a feel. Sometimes, there are a few plays on a drive, and then, it gets easier. Shoot, I just love playing period."