Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, left, and Tim Tebow stand next...

Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, left, and Tim Tebow stand next to each other during the second half. (Dec. 23, 2012) Credit: AP

As long as Tim Tebow remains on the Jets roster, Marty Mornhinweg will devise ways to utilize the backup quarterback.

Under former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, Tebow rode the bench for most of the 2012 season. But Mornhinweg believes Tebow has “some quarterback skills” – and the key is just tapping into them.

“I’ve talked to Tim and he’s part of this football team,” Mornhinweg said on a Monday conference call. “I’m excited to coach all of our players, including Tim. We had a little discussion – I would like to keep those conversations between player and coach. But we certainly had a discussion and he got my thoughts on the situation and he has some thoughts as well.

“And if he’s on this football team, which he is right now, then I would do it a certain way and try to utilize all of our players that can help us win a football game.”

Tebow, who averaged less than seven offensive snaps a game last season, doesn’t appear (at least on the surface) to fit Mornhinweg’s West Coast style of offense due to his accuracy issues. But Mornhinweg said he’s already thought of ways to use Tebow in his offense.

“First of all, he’d be taking reps at quarterback and then some of his other skills could certainly help a football team,” he said of Tebow. “What he did in Denver a year ago, that was something else now. The man can play football. So how you utilize him would certainly be the key.

“He’s on our football team right now, so it’s my duty and responsibility to have some thoughts on how he could help us win the next football game. So I have put an awful lot of thought into that. He certainly has some skills to do that. And I will say, he’s got some quarterback skills as a quarterback and gut instincts are real important and he certainly has that." 

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