When the stories started getting out about how the Jets expect to use Tim Tebow, one of the most interesting areas that was brought up was his ability to help on special teams. While it seemed odd that the team would insert their backup QB into a special teams role, it sounds as if this is absolutely the case, per Manish Mehta’s interaction with Mike Westhoff via the Daily News.
Special teams coach Mike Westhoff told the Daily News he will use Tebow on his unit. Westhoff has already discussed his vision with Tebow, who was amenable and eager to contribute on special teams, according to the coach.
Although Westhoff didn’t reveal his exact plan, he called Tebow a “more potent Brad Smith” with an ability to make a difference on special teams.
I don’t think that Westhoff was referring to Tebow’s ability to return a kick or punt as the reason that Tebow is more potent, but I think it might be in other areas, probably in Tebow’s versatility that he has more strength than Smith. I get the sense that as the protector or up-back on a punt, Westhoff feels more confident in Tebow’s ability to get five yards on the ground in a fake situation with Tebow, or maybe even 25 yards on a pass than he did with Smith, which might have warranted the comment.
I get the sense that the Jets will do their best to keep Tebow’s role on specials as much of a surprise as they can this spring and summer. They might try and practice specific plays during some of the closed practices, but expect to see some interesting wrinkles on special teams with Tebow this fall.