“If our offense is sputtering, and we have, say, three three-and-outs, and we roll this out there and it’s successful, who knows?” Tannenbaum said on 1050 ESPN Radio on Thursday. “I think it will just depend on the game and the situation.”
Third-and-long? Put Tebow in to make defenses dare him to throw.
Fourth-and-goal? Try to tackle the guy, who’s built more like a fullback at 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds.
Oh, he’s in the wildcat, which Sparano so adores? Well, defenses need to decide if he’s going to take off running, hand it off or catch defensive backs napping with a toss over their heads.
“We think we can have explosive plays out of that package as well,” Tannenbaum said.
So, it could be five snaps a game. Or, seven. Maybe even nine or 10. One thing’s for sure: Tebow gives the Jets their first true multipurpose threat since Brad Smith, who left as a free agent last offseason.
“Excited about the tebow trade,” wide receiver Jeremy Kerley wrote on Twitter. “It’s obvious tht he’s a winner and thts Wht we need!”
For a team that was done in last season by distractions and disharmony, Tebow’s addition would appear to do little more than add to an already volatile situation. There are times Sanchez will have to come off the field when Tebow jogs onto it, something that won’t please the ultra-competitive quarterback heading into his fourth season. Ryan, though, insists Tebow and Sanchez can co-exist _ and win together.
“Tim gives us another competitor,” Ryan said. “I love Tim’s competitiveness. He’ll fit in with our team. There will be no problem at all. We care about our team first and foremost. Those two guys are just like that.”
The Jets currently have four quarterbacks on their roster _ Sanchez, Tebow, recently signed Drew Stanton and Greg McElroy. Stanton signed with New York to be the No. 2 but wants out now that Tebow is here. Tannenbaum made it clear that Tebow will be Sanchez’s backup, serving in the role veteran Mark Brunell held the last two seasons.
“Brunell was more like a coach, and now Mark’s going to have like a brother in there, someone he can lean on and someone he can grow with _ and they can grow together at the position,” DeVito said. “So, I think Mark is going to be excited.”
The possibilities certainly make the Jets excited. After all, Ryan is determined to go back to the run-first, “Ground-and-Pound” approach that made them so successful in his first two seasons as coach. With Tebow on board, the Jets just might have gotten the perfect addition for Ryan’s master plan.
“What we’ve become,” Tannenbaum said while announcing the deal Wednesday night, “is a diverse, more dynamic offense that’s going to make it more difficult for opposing teams to defend.”
AP Freelance Writer Bryan Lazare in Baton Rouge, La., contributed to this report.