Tim Tebow was happy to hear again today about his expert blocking on Sunday against the 49ers.
“They said I did well,” Tebow said with a laugh. “I got ‘em down, man, I got ;em down.”
Indeed he did. Perhaps it was the Jets coaches, or maybe the Fox broadcast team of Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa, that he was referring to as “they said.”
On his first play at fullback with 13½ minutes left in the second quarter, Tebow — in effect Mark Sanchez’s personal protector in the alignment — lined up right, went left and rolled through Niners LB Aldon Smith.
“Tim Tebow did a nice job,” Goose crowed as he watched the replay. “He throws a nice little block.”
“That’s real nice,” added Moose, who’d been around the block a few times in his career. “Getting Aldon Smith’s hands down … he’s going to catch some heat in the film room on Monday. ‘Is that a quarterback that took you down, Aldon?’ “
Tebow left the field for a play, then returned in a similar role, this time lining up to Sanchez’s left, going right at the snap, and picking up LB Ahmad Brooks.
“Now Aldon Smith’s got company,” Johnston said, “because he comes across the formation and gets Ahmad Brooks and gets his hands down.”
That’s a nice little sidebar underscoring Tebow’s personal philosophy of “I definitely want to help the team, whatever they ask me to do.” But something tells us this is not what reporters and fans have in mind when they ask questions and make statements this week about wanting to see No. 15 on the field more.
This week’s theme, of course, is about Mark Sanchez’s job security. Rex Ryan said as late as today’s news conference, “I think Mark is an excellent quarterback” and “I think it takes a special guy to be a quarterback in this city and I think Mark has that, even that charisma, to play in this city.” Sanchez continued to answer questions about his performances the past three games and his 49.2% completion rate.
And Tebow continued to deflect this week’s battery of questions to probe his psyche about his role(s) so far with the Jets.
Is it frustrating not to be playing much?
“No … yeah,” he began. A personal revelation about to come, perhaps? “Well, you get frustrated when you lose football games. Other than that, I’m just trying to work hard and get better. We’re 2-2. The season’s not over yet.”
And how about the latest “sources close to Tebow” who say, yes, this fine young man really isn’t happy with his jobs as punt-team personal protector, split end, tight end, now fullback, and infrequent Wildcat QB?
“I haven’t talked to anybody or said anything,” he said. “You all are the only ones I’ve talked to.”
Is he OK with being the backup because of the less pressure that comes with that gig?
“That’s not how I view it at all,” he said, about as strong a rebuke as any report or reporter will get from TT.
About the strongest Tebow will get about playing time is a wish today that “we could’ve in the past few games broken out a few times and had some bigger plays, yeah.”
That is the sidebar to any QB controversy that may or may not be brewing. After the first quarter of Tebow’s first season with the Jets, the numbers have been tame. Broken down several ways:
When Tebow is on the field: 31 plays, 98 yards, 3.2-yard average, 4 first downs.
When Tebow is triggering the Wildcat: 18 plays, 57 yards, 3.2 average, 2 first downs.
When Tebow carries or throws the ball or has it thrown to him: 13 plays, 46 yards, 3.5 average, 2 first downs.
Nothing to write home about yet. But whether Ryan and OC Tony Sparano use him a lot or a little against Houston on Monday night, they still will draw from the Tebow well to get the Jets’ offense and team ready to ride.
“Tim likes the competitiveness of this group. He’s a competitive guy,” Ryan said. “I think when we talked to him about personal protector when we brought him in, this guy’s all for it. He’s not a guy, ‘I’m not going to do this, I only want to do this.’ He’s just the opposite. If I say right now we want you to line up and play defensive tackle, he’s like, ‘OK, let’s go.’ “
The one reserve that should and will be tapped now that the Jets are down two star players and heading into the teeth of their schedule is that competitiveness. Tebow was asked how the Broncos made it to the playoffs last year when they were 1-4 and he had yet to start his magical run as a starting QB.
“Believing. Believing in each other, showing signs of great things here and there, feeding off of that, then catching on to the momentum when it came,” he said. “The game when we play is so much about momentum, getting that momentum, believing in it, and when you have it, doing great things.”
A lot of times, he chuckled again, those plays didn’t come until the fourth quarter.
“But we were so close together as a team and then you just believe. Someone steps up to make a play and there’s the here-we-go-again-type attitude. That was our mindset.”
Today’s first injury reports of the week show the Jets’ list growing even longer but at least this time the opponent has a list of its own that’s in the Green & White ballpark.
The Jets have 23 players on their list. CB Darrelle Revis (knee, out) still tops it. Six players did not participate in today’s practice: FB John Conner (hamstring), WR Stephen Hill (hamstring), TE Dustin Keller (hamstring), DT Sione Po’uha (back), LB Bart Scott (toe) and LB Bryan Thomas (hamstring).
Three more were limited: S LaRon Landry (heel), S Eric Smith (hip/knee) and just-signed CB Aaron Berry (ribs). Thirteen more were full-go, including three new listees: S/ST Josh Bush (shoulder), TE Jeff Cumberland (ribs) and WR/PR Jeremy Kerley (finger). You can find the Jets’ full list here.
For the Texans, three were DNPs at today’s practice in Houston: S Quintin Demps (thumb/forearm), WR Lestar Jean (knee) and RB Ben Tate (toe). Six were limited: G Antoine Caldwell (ankle/knee), DT Shaun Cody (back), TE Owen Daniels (thigh), WR Andre Johnson (groin), S Shiloh Keo (neck) and DE Antonio Smith (ankle). And six were full: LB Bryan Braman (hamstring/neck), LB Tim Dobbins (hamstring), RB Arian Foster (hamstring), LB Bradie James (thigh), C Chris Myers (back) and LB Jesse Nading (foot).
The final lists for the Monday night game plus the game status will be available Saturday afternoon.
Tags: Darrelle Revis, Houston Texans, Mark Sanchez, Moose Johnston, Rex Ryan, Tim Tebow, Tony Siragusa, Tony Sparano
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