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Jets assistant labels Tebow situation 'an absolute mess'

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Retiring New York Jets special-teams coordinator Mike Westhoff called the situation with quarterback Tim Tebow a nightmare.

"It was a mess, it was an absolute mess," Westhoff told WQAM radio in Miami. "You can say whatever else you want, it was really a mess. I was very, very disappointed.

"As an NFL quarterback, he's very limited in some things. And if you throw him right 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 felt we were going to do, but we never did it."

Westhoff said he expected Tebow to play some at tailback this past season, but it never came about.

"That was very disappointing," he said. "To be honest, I don't think anyone's really ever answered that question. Why didn't we do it? I honestly don't know. I know we didn't practice it."

The controversy swirling around Tebow's playing time throughout the season didn't help the Jets' situation.

"It was a distraction and a shame," Westhoff said, "because that was a hard-working young man."

Westhoff said Tebow played on special teams before he suffered a rib injurry more than anticipated.

"My role with him was really only to be like one percent," he said. "That's all I was thinking. Then when Eric Smith got hurt, I had to use him full time. I didn't have anyone."
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