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Tebow's run on fake punt was part of plan

Tim Tebow throws the ball prior to a

Tim Tebow throws the ball prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins. (Sept. 23, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

How long have the Jets been itching to run the Tim Tebow fake punt?

"Are you kidding me? You have no idea how many of those we call," special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff said Sunday in the locker room. "We're not afraid of calling them."

On fourth-and-3 at the 25, Tebow rushed for 5 yards -- injecting much-needed life into the offense. That second-quarter play helped extend a 67- yard drive that resulted in a Nick Folk 33-yard field goal.

When Tebow runs out as the personal punt protector, the fake punt is on, Westhoff said. But depending on the down-and-distance and the defensive formation, Tebow can choose not to run it.

"It's a tough thing to defense the way we were running it," Westhoff said, adding that Miami had seven in the box. "It's a good fake. I have a lot of faith in them. I'll come up with something before I get back to New York. Something different."


Was that really LaRon Landry's first pick-6 in the NFL?

The Jets' hard-hitting safety showed he doesn't always need to go for the body blow. With the Dolphins backed up to their 6-yard line early in the second half, Landry read the eyes of rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, jumped in front of the short pass to tight end Anthony Fasano and ran 18 yards down the sideline for the touchdown.

"I could have laid back and laid the guy out, but that wouldn't have done nothing but rile up the crowd," he told Newsday. "It wouldn't have put up points on the board."


How did Yeremiah Bell feel facing his former team?

Bell said this week he had nothing to prove to Miami, adding: "If they wanted me, they would have kept me." But Bell (seven tackles) got the last laugh.

"To come back in this stadium where I played so long, on the other side of the field, and to get a win, it feels great."


Did Mark Sanchez really hit Tebow in the head with a pass?

Yes, he did. In the third quarter, on third-and-3 at the Jets' 27, Sanchez threw a pass to his backup quarterback -- but the ball hit Tebow's helmet before he could turn around. As a result, the Jets were forced to punt.

"I think they covered it better than I thought," Sanchez said. "Going through it in my head, probably not the best read."

Tebow admitted he was not expecting the pass "that quick. But I guess I will learn."


Did Santonio Holmes hear what former teammate LaDainian Tomlinson said about him?

Holmes apparently was blissfully unaware of the comments made by Tomlinson because he said he "doesn't watch TV."

Tomlinson, an NFL Network analyst, said yesterday that Holmes still is the same guy who "quit" on his team last year in the season finale at Sun Life Stadium.

"When you're playing with a guy that has quit on you, you know that when the times get tough, he will quit on you again. That's one thing I do know. And that's kind of what I expect when the season goes along."

When a reporter relayed the comment to Holmes, he responded: "Next question."


How much of a factor was the heat and humidity?

Calvin Pace likened Sun Life Stadium to a sauna and a "hot, humid sweatbox." The Jets linebacker, who sat out two plays because of the heat, said he was relieved Folk came through at the end.

"In overtime, I was done, man," Pace said with a smile. "I was praying that Nick and those guys made the field goal so we could just go ahead and go home."


Stephen Hill limped off the field. Is he OK?

The rookie receiver said his right hamstring just felt "weird," but said he doesn't think he'll have to undergo any tests. Hill, who was targeted seven times but failed to record a catch, was hampered by hamstring injuries at the end of minicamp.

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