According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today Sports, the New York Jets planned on lining quarterback Tim Tebow up as a running back, but never got around to it.
The team had visions of lining up Tebow at running back in traditional sets when they acquired him via trade from the Denver Broncos last March, according to a person with knowledge of the team’s plans at the time of the trade. The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the Jets didn’t divulge that plan, said it involved more than the shotgun look and was intended to “give (Tebow) the ball and play at times just like (Shonn) Green and (Bilal) Powell” were used.
Tebow never got to play running back because of former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
The first question this revelation raises is why did it never occur? Ryan was the one talking up Tebow as the ultimate weapon who could play a variety of roles. Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano didn’t make it happen. Sparano was fired on Monday.
There’s been no indication as to whether the Jets plan on keeping Tebow around so he can line up in the back field next season. I think he could be pretty effective as a running back or possibly as a tight end. One thing is for sure, he’s not going to cut it as a quarterback.