Apparently Jets fans aren’t the only ones frustrated by Gang Green’s use of Wildcat quarterback Tim Tebow last season.
Speaking on ESPN’s First Take, New York Jets Pro-Bowl safety LaRon Landry shared his thoughts on what turned out to be an overblown Tebow-mania, while admitting to the predictability of the offensive play-calling when No. 15 entered action.
"I thought it was going to be a little bit more," Landry said of Tebow's role. "It came to a point where, 'OK, Tim is going into the game, it's going to be a power (run). ... I would've loved to have seen him throw the ball a little bit more, to mix it up a little bit more."
Jets' former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano pioneered the NFL’s Wildcat offense during his four-year head coaching tenure with the Miami Dolphins, so pairing him with Tebow appeared to be a match made in heaven at first glance. That couldn’t have been further from the truth as Sparano never incorporated imaginative or creative schemes while refusing to expand Tebow’s role in the system.
Fans across the country clamored for New York to unleash Tebow’s dynamic skills, but that moment never came and the Jets finished the year with the league’s third-worst offensive attack.
"When he came in the game, watch'ya all think? It was going to be a run, right? Yeah, every time," noted Landry.
There’s a slim likelihood Landry will return with Gang Green as he carries a hefty price tag this offseason, one that could be too high for the cap-strapped Jets. As the most prized free agent safety on the open market, Landry has already told reporters that he won’t offer the Jets a hometown discount and a clause in his one-year contract prohibits the team from placing the franchise tag on him.
While the odds of New York’s front office inking Landry to a long-term deal look bleak, the powerful defensive back isn’t ruling out a return with the Green and White.
“Hopefully I'll be back, but a lot of people are going to be looking for jobs,” admitted Landry.
Landry has worked out with Tebow this offseason, yet it’s a distinct possibility that both players could be playing elsewhere in 2013.