As the Patriots begin their preparation for the Jets this Sunday, it will mark a week in which the team will need to prepare for multiple quarterbacks, as the Jets have incorporated Tim Tebow into their offensive mix alongside starter Mark Sanchez.
The Jets often interchange the two within a series, bringing Tebow in and using him in a number of different ways, while also implementing offensive packages that feature both players on the field at the same time.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick discussed Tebow’s role yesterday, highlighting both his offensive versatility and special teams value, where Tebow has served as the personal protector on the punt team, and has already successfully thrown and run on fake punt plays.
“They’ve pretty much used him at every spot. He’s played more quarterback than anything else, but he’s also played running back, I would say tight end, he’s also played a little bit of receiver,” Belichick said of Tebow’s offensive duties. “They put him in some different spots. When he’s the quarterback, he’s the quarterback, he can run, he can throw, he can run the option, he can run their regular offense. They can run Tebow-type plays that Denver ran last year, or that (offensive coordinator Tony) Sparano ran when he was in Miami.”
“He gives them a lot of versatility in all of those things,” Belichick noted. “He doesn’t always line up at quarterback when he’s in there on offense, so you have to be ready to deal with him at other positions as well. He’s a good runner, he’s a strong runner, very strong. He’s mobile in the pocket, (a) smart player, he can do a lot of different things. Different option plays and things like that, so you certainly have to be aware of him when he’s in there.”