Tim Tebow: Why Jets Handling of QB Shouldn't Come as a Surprise

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystJanuary 12, 2013

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets looks on from the sideline during an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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As the NFL career of quarterback Tim Tebow dangles in limbo, more information is coming to light regarding his single disastrous season as a member of the New York Jets, and that information just adds fuel to the inferno that is the dysfunction in the Jets' organization.

Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff, who retired following the 2012 season, gave a very candid interview to WQAM on Friday. In that interview, he didn't pull any punches regarding the team's handling of Tebow, according to Jane McManus of ESPN. "It was a mess," Westhoff said of the Tebow situation. "It was an absolute mess. You can say whatever else you want, it was really a mess. I was very, very disappointed."

The "Tebow affair" has swirled around the Jets seemingly since the day the team acquired the third-year pro in a trade with the Denver Broncos. As Mark Sanchez struggled, fans clamored for Tebow to be given the opportunity to play, but that never materialized.

In fact, not only was Tebow not afforded the chance to start under center, but the "Wildcat" packages that head coach Rex Ryan stated Tebow would be used in before the season barely appeared, either, and that left Westhoff at something of a loss.

"I know we didn't practice it; we didn't practice it in training camp. We were going to unveil it. Well, I'm still waiting for the unveiling. And it didn't happen."

This caused a great deal of consternation during the season, but the more time that passes the less surprising it is that Tebow didn't see the field, especially in light of Westhoff's comments.

I don't think that the New York Jets ever had any intention of playing Tebow in any sort of meaningful role. He was brought to the Big Apple as much to sell tickets and generate publicity as he was to help the Jets win games.

In that regard (and only in that regard), the Tebow acquisition certainly accomplished its goals. But even as Westhoff admits that Tebow has his limitations as a quarterback, he still regrets that things transpired the way they did.

There are things that Tim Tebow as an NFL quarterback, he's very limited in some things. If you throw him in the middle of a drop-back passing offense, he will look very, very average at best. But if you incorporate him in different facets of your offense, I think he can be a factor. That's what I thought we were going to do, but we never did it. It was a distraction, and really a shame because that's a hard-working young man.

As heads roll all around him amid the rubble of a dismal 2012 season, one has to wonder if Rex Ryan shares those regrets, and why both Ryan and the rest of us didn't see it coming all along.