Ryan was talking about the impact that Tebow has had on his team this season and mentioned the once scoffed at idea of his role on special teams as a personal punt protector. Tebow?s impact has been felt on special teams, including most recently in Week 6 when the Jets faked a punt and he tossed to linebacker Nick Bellore for a 23-yard gain and a first down. It was a major moment in what turned out to be a Jets blowout win over the Colts.
But what?s not been talked about is the impact that Tebow?s presence is having on Robert Malone?s ability to punt.
The Jets have had some quality protectors in past years but as Cimini notes, there's one big concern about using a guy like Tebow in such a role for the Jets.
Critics of the Tebow plan will argue that the Jets are sacrificing coverage ability by using a player with no experience as a tackler. Tebow, used extensively in the preseason, didn't make a single tackle.
In his WSJ article, Chris Herring focuses on the success of Westhoff's system, especially in the face of the recent NFL rule changes:
...[Westhoff] too has seen what appears to be the interchangeability of the team's kick returner. "I believe it shows that our system works," Westhoff said. "Unlike with punt returners, who kind of do their own thing, you get the chance to orchestrate this a little more. We get to interject a little more."
?I thought strategically we would have three guys on two. If we did this exactly correct, we may get that,? Westhoff said. ?I didn?t think it would necessarily be Joe. I thought the fullback would step in and take Joe, and we?d get 2-on-1 on the corner. As it turned out, they actually moved out a little bit better than I thought, although the fullback probably went further out than what they?d like him to, and Joe came clean and we blocked it.?