Tim Tebow: Breaking Down Every Snap New York Jets QB Took Against Houston Texans
Enter Tim Tebow, who had a solid game, rushing for 19 yards on five attempts and making one pass that got dropped.
Let's break down each snap that Tebow took in the game, paying attention to detail and all the while pondering whether or not he'd be a better option for the Jets at quarterback.
1st Quarter, 7:42 Left, 2nd-and-10
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In Tebow's first play of the game, with the Jets down 7-0 in the middle of the first quarter, the quarterback put a receiver in motion to go from a "Shotgun Trips Right" formation to a "Shotgun Doubles" formation with a tight end on the right.
The play was a two-man route combination on both sides with the running back also releasing for a pass. There were no "option fakes" or anything wacky on the play, just a straight pass.
The route combination was four verticals with the running back going on a five-yard "in" pattern. Tebow saw slot receiver Jason Hill one-on-one with Texan Glover Quin, and the quarterback made a perfect throw, leading Hill 33 yards up the field.
Unfortunately, the receiver dropped what was a great pass, so while we can't really fault Tebow here, the result of the play was an incompletion.
2nd Quarter, 15:00 Left, 4th-and-Inches
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On this play, the Jets came out in their punt formation with Tim Tebow as the personal protector on a 4th-and-inches play.
Tebow received a direct snap and dived forward for a yard, extending the team's drive and showing the versatility he brings to the punt formation by just being on the field.
Having this quarterback on the punt team is a positive, because there's always the possibility of a fake play and the Texans had to keep their defense on the field for this play, as they were wary of Tebow.
2nd Quarter, 11:06 Left, 1st-and-10
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The Jets, down 14-7 at this point in the game, decided to give Tim Tebow the first-down play on a drive with around 11 minutes left in the quarter.
New York came out in a "Shotgun Trips Right Wing" formation, meaning there were three receivers to the right side and one man on the left, one of the three receivers being a "wingback," or an offset tight end.
The running back lined up on Tebow's left side and came across Tebow's face, faking a zone right play. Meanwhile, the right tackle and right guard pulled to the left, setting up a Counter Trey left for Tebow.
Tebow followed his blocks and got up the field for two or three yards before being brought down by Glover Quin, who was aggressively playing up in the box.
2nd Quarter, 10:37 Left, 2nd-and-7
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The Jets let Tebow get into a bit of a rhythm here and the team came out in a "Shotgun Doubles"-like formation, with two tight ends on the right side and the running back on Tim Tebow's right side as well.
Prior to the snap, the quarterback sent his slot receiver on jet motion and, on the snap of the ball, gave the jet handoff to the man in motion.
Tebow then faked a speed option going the other way with his running back, who went in an arc motion on the snap of the ball.
The jet sweep receiver, who actually happened to be Bilal Powell, was able to rush forward for three yards and keep the ball moving.
4th Quarter, 13:15 Left, 1st-and-10
After two consecutive plays in the middle of the second quarter, Tebow didn't see the field for a little while.
With around 13 minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Jets trailing 23-14, he was able to get back on the field.
The Jets ran a "Shotgun Trips Left" formation with Mark Sanchez as the left split end and the tight end on the left side as well. Tebow's running back lined up on his left side.
On the snap of the ball, Tebow faked a handoff to his running back and the right guard pulled into the strong side B gap, setting up a simple trap run.
The quarterback ran hard, gaining about 12 yards and moving the ball to the Texans' 3-yard line.
4th Quarter, 12:51 Left, 1st-and-Goal
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New York went no-huddle here and kept Tebow in at quarterback on the 3-yard line, hoping for a goal-line score.
Coming out in the same formation as the last play, a "Trips Tight End Left," with a running back on Tebow's left as well, the Jets attempted to run the exact same play, but this time the Texans were ready for it.
After Tebow's fake handoff to the running back, the pulling right guard missed his block, and a blitzing linebacker got three yards into the backfield and was in position to make the play.
Tebow then managed to keep driving his legs, and he moved forward to the line of scrimmage for no gain on the play after what seemed like a sure loss of yardage. A nice effort on a broken play here.
4th Quarter, 7:42 Left, 1st-and-10
After the Jets pulled Tim Tebow on the goal line, the team failed to score a touchdown and had to settle for a field goal.
With 7:42 on the clock, New York put in Tebow for a first-down play, coming out in a "Triplets" formation with three receivers on the right and a lone tight end on the left. The running back lined up on Tebow's right side.
On the snap of the ball, the running back ran an arc around Tebow to the left, and the two players ran speed option to the tight end's side.
The Texans were very prepared and covered both Tebow and the running back, so Tebow dived forward for no gain. This would be the quarterback's last play on the night.
After all of that, Tim Tebow finished 0-of-1 passing and rushed the ball five times for 19 yards. When he was in the game, the Jets had no negative plays.
That being said, incumbent quarterback Mark Sanchez wasn't very good, completing just 14 of his 31 pass attempts (under 50 percent, for those keeping score) for 230 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
The only rusher on the Jets who had more yards than Tebow was Shonn Greene, who tallied 26 yards on eight carries.
The team hasn't been at all efficient with the ball when Sanchez is in the game, and the team may as well try out Tebow before the season goes down the drain.