Monday, November 19, 2012
Tebow discusses challenges of small role
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It's not Tim Tebow's style to complain about a lack of playing time, but he admitted Monday it's not easy to stay in the flow of the game.
"I don't think it's challenging to stay focused, I think it's challenging ... When you're playing in a game, you just get that rhythm, that tempo and that feel in the game," he said. "I think that's the hardest thing to get when you're going in and out. It might be three quarters the next time you get another opportunity. I think that's the hardest thing. It's also staying 100 percent loose."
Tebow might have been referring to Sunday's game against the Rams. He tied a season-low with only three offensive snaps -- one in the first quarter, one in the second quarter and another in the fourth quarter.
Cornerback Antonio Cromartie, used as a wide receiver, played twice as many plays as Tebow.
Tebow, the personal protector on the punt team, was involved in an ill-fated fake punt. He took the snap and flipped a shovel pass to Lex Hilliard, who was tackled for a loss of one yard. The Rams, suspecting a Tebow fake, used their starting defense. Tebow probably should've changed the play at the line; he had that option. He also could've thrown a pass to punter Robert Malone.