Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano during a game against the...

Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano during a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Oct. 30, 2011) Credit: Getty

Tony Sparano kept his game plan close to his chest, refusing to reveal his in-game tactics for Tim Tebow.

"I won't give you the vision on what I think his role will be in the offense," the Jets' new offensive coordinator said during Thursday's conference call, his first interview since the Tebow trade.

Sparano said the backup quarterback will get anywhere from one to 20 snaps a game, but when asked how a Tebow-led Wildcat will differ from the package he used with the Dolphins, Sparano replied: "If that's the direction that we go . . . whether we run Wildcat or a version of, or something, hey, I'm not going to tie myself down to one thing."

Sparano isn't worried that Tebow's presence on the field will disrupt Mark Sanchez's growth. He said the goal is to develop Tebow as a quarterback, but running back, fullback and H-back all are positions that are "on the table."

Sparano, who coached Tebow in the 2010 Senior Bowl, already has seen "eye-opening" improvement in his passing ability. "He's completely different now than he was when he came out of college," he said.

Sparano watched "every single snap" of the last two seasons to familiarize himself with his new team, and through that videotape study, he found that Sanchez (56.7 completion percentage, 3,474 passing yards and 26 touchdowns) had his best statistical year last season despite 18 interceptions. "I'm excited about where he is," he said.


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