The New York Jets guarded their plans for Tim Tebow's Wildcat offense like a state secret. In the days and months before the season, the expectation was that something special was about to happen in Florham Park.
But that hasn't been the case. Tebow has just 23 carries for 78 yards and 32 yards passing at the season's halfway point. He's averaging three touches a game, barely operating as a role player.
Tebow admits the results are underwhelming.
"At times, we've done some good things," Tebow told The Star-Ledger on Wednesday. "I feel at times it definitely hasn't been as effective as I would've liked it sometimes. I feel like we've had some good plays now and then. We still got half the season to go so just try to get it better."
The blame falls on coordinator Tony Sparano, who has failed to craft a compelling role for Tebow in the Jets' hyper-vanilla offense. The theory that they were saving Tebow for some special moment was blown up months ago. Even Tebow sounds unclear about what he's doing in New York.
"I didn't know what to be expect, to be honest with you," Tebow said. "It was hard to picture what was going to happen. How this was all going to mesh. It was tough to try to know what exactly what to expect."
Jets coach Rex Ryan is tiring of answering the Tebow question. Too bad. John Fox and his talented offensive coordinator, Mike McCoy, found a way to squeeze the most out of Tebow with the Denver Broncos a season ago. The Jets courted him -- and won Tebow over -- but they haven't figured out the next move.
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