NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tim Tebow said all the right things in a recent interview with the New York Daily News, like how the best quarterback on the Jets is the player “out there on the field.”
But when asked about his playing time, the typically guarded star offered a surprising critique of the loud-and-proud culture under coach Rex Ryan.
“I think that I try to be open and honest in talking to the media,” Tebow told the Daily News. “Obviously try to be honest. But sometimes you don’t have to talk about everything. We’ve had a history here of people talking too much. You just don’t want to do that. Why make it something if it’s not?”
Meanwhile, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano continued to talk Thursday. He’s heard it all in his first seven games with the Jets: Use starting quarterback Mark Sanchez more. Use him less. Tebow should be on the field.
Less is more. More is less. Less is less. More is — you get the idea.
As far as Tebow goes, Sparano admitted he “can do a better job” of utilizing the ultra-popular backup, who to this point has only attempted three passes.
That said, the offensive coordinator was quick to defend his grand Tebow plan.
“I have a pretty good feel on how to use him and how to use him best,” said Sparano. “I’m not still trying to figure that out. I was born in the day, but not yesterday. I’ve figured that out. I feel like I have a good answer on how to use him best.
“Can I put him in more of these different situations? Sure. I’m not going to sit here and tell you I can’t do that, but it’s just a feeling you have during the course of a game. When you’re rolling and you feel Mark (Sanchez) is hot, you drive with the hot hand.”
According to Tebow, his role “could expand.”
“You just got to always be ready,” he told the Daily News.
The 25-year-old has rushed for 76 yards on 22 carries, but much of the focus has been on a perceived lack of trust in his passing game.
“You can’t just dial these things up and think every play will be a successful play because it’s Tim,” said Sparano. “You have to give credit on the other side, too. That being said, throwing the football out of that is definitely something we have to consider doing more of, no question about it. Tim can throw the ball.”
So will we see more from Tebow on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins? Stay tuned.
How about less talking from Rex & Co.?
Don’t count on it.
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