ST. LOUIS – Coach Rex Ryan said the Jets planned on giving backup quarterback Tim Tebow a more significant role in Sunday’s game against the Rams.
On their third offensive play of the game, Tebow did indeed come onto the field, rushing around left tackle for a one-yard gain.
That attempt, however, turned out to be one of only three offensive plays in the game when Tebow was on the field.
“We had planned for Tim to have a big part in the game,” Ryan said. “The Rams gave us some looks we weren’t expecting and that maybe shut that down a little more than we originally planned. We did a good job of adjusting.”
Tebow also was on the field for a fake punt attempt in the middle of the second quarter, throwing a shovel pass to Lex Hilliard, but the play was stopped for a one-yard loss.
In the fourth quarter, Tebow came on to try another run, around right end, but this time was tackled for a six-yard loss.
Tebow said he had no expectations about how much he would play in the game.
“I think it was just a game-plan thing,” he said. “I’m just ready to do whatever they ask me and let me – whatever they are comfortable with. It’s tough to know exactly how the game is going to go and how much of a role you are going to have. I try to just be ready at all times.”
Tebow had played 62 offensive plays in the Jets’ first nine games, an average of almost seven per game. The fact that he was not on the field more against the Rams was also in part due to a very solid game from starting quarterback Mark Sanchez.
“Mark played very well today,” Tebow said. “He executed and made some good throws. The receivers stepped up and played well.”
Like the rest of his teammates, Tebow will have a short week of practice this week as the Jets prepare for the Thanksgiving night game on Thursday at home against New England.
“This was a great win for us,” Tebow said, “but by the time we land we have to put this one behind us and get ready for New England.”