When Tim Tebow isn’t appearing in cardboard form at senior proms during this offseason, we can only assume that he’s working on that still wonky delivery that resulted in far too many turf balls last year.
That’s good, but will it even be worth his time? New Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano faced the ravenous hoard otherwise known as the New York media this afternoon, and he said a lot while trying to say very little.
The most telling comment was the potential for widespread Tebow deployment that he hinted at when asked about how many snaps Tebow could play on average. That range was between a single snap, or up to 20, which means that Tebow could be merely the gimmick we all think he’s going to be, or he’ll become a far more versatile option.
But how will that versatility be utilized? Welp, like the mystical god he is, Tebow can morph into many forms…
There were actual playing cards in Sparano’s hand, and he was holding them firmly against his chest. It was weird.
Sparano can play coy as much as he’d like, but Tebow will ultimately become his Wildcat toy, just like Ronnie Brown was in Miami. Since his natural position is quarterback, Tebow can be trusted much more to execute a forward pass on the run, whereas most of the time with Brown there was only the threat of a throw that rarely materialized.
The most interesting aspect of Tebow’s introduction to the Jets’ offense will be how often a quarterback not named Mark Sanchez will be throwing the ball, and the impact that will have on the team’s starter if Tebow can duplicate the form he showed during the playoffs against the Steelers with any degree of consistency.
On average, Sanchez attempted 33.9 passes per game during the 2011 regular season. If we take the high end of Tebow’s potential snaps in Sparano’s offense and quite conservatively ballpark his throws at five, then suddenly Sanchez would fall from a middle-of-the-packish 14th in attempts per game to 27th, which is in Blaine Gabbert territory.