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Jets toying with Smith in the Tebow role

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07:06 AM ET 07.16 | One of the most closely watched position competitions in the NFL this coming camp season will take place when the Jets send Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith into the ring. The organization wants a fresh face at quarterback, but Smith has a lot to prove after a lackluster performance in the OTAs and minicamp. ... The coaches are toying with the idea of turning Smith into what Tebow was supposed to be last season -- a change-of-pace quarterback (assuming he doesn't win the starting job). Smith would have a package of plays, mainly read-option runs that could exploit his speed. The upside: It would give him some game experience, albeit in a gadget role, and add a wrinkle to the offense. The downside: He wasn't very productive when West Virginia called designed runs.

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July 16, 2013  07:14 AM ET

Well, that's pretty insulting.

July 16, 2013  07:15 AM ET

He's already in the "Tebow role." Even when he's sitting still, he's still breathing down Sanchez's neck.

July 16, 2013  07:29 AM ET

Here we go again!

July 16, 2013  07:41 AM ET

"The downside: He wasn't very productive when West Virginia called designed runs."

So why even try this?

July 16, 2013  07:55 AM ET

So - in other words - we won't see him this season.

July 16, 2013  08:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

So - in other words - we won't see him this season.

And Rex won't be changing that tattoo anytime soon, either.

July 16, 2013  08:06 AM ET

they didn't play Tebow in the "Tebow role", why would they play Smith?

July 16, 2013  08:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

they didn't play Tebow in the "Tebow role", why would they play Smith?

Excellent Question!

July 16, 2013  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

"The downside: He wasn't very productive when West Virginia called designed runs."So why even try this?

It's the Jets.

July 16, 2013  08:19 AM ET

Bad news for Geno. Looks like the Jets are trying to shorten another QB's career. If you want call Tebow a QB.

July 16, 2013  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It's the Jets.

I thought the same thing, but I was going to do it in charades.

Two words. First word. Little word. A? An? The? The.

Second word. <runs around room with arms swept back> Bird? Airplane? Jefferson Airplane! No? Jet plane. Shorter. Plane? Jet? Jet. Plural.

The Jets!

July 16, 2013  08:27 AM ET

The Jets have a talent for making a quarterback look as bad as they possibly can. Sanchez is a better QB than he's played for the Jets, Geno Smith might be good, we might never know and Tebow never really got a shot.

Wonder if they'll bring in a real coach and coaching staff after RR is booted to the curb?

July 16, 2013  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I thought the same thing, but I was going to do it in charades.Two words. First word. Little word. A? An? The? The.Second word. <runs around room with arms swept back> Bird? Airplane? Jefferson Airplane! No? Jet plane. Shorter. Plane? Jet? Jet. Plural. The Jets!

the third word....deep inhalation of air while puckering lips.....

July 16, 2013  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

And Rex won't be changing that tattoo anytime soon, either.

I'd never seen that tattoo until I Googled it a minute ago. That Rex Ryan is one sick mother...

July 16, 2013  08:43 AM ET

This is crazy stupid and frankly unbelievable that they would do something that was an abject failure the first time it was tried. They don't have the personnel for that kind of package. Geno Smith walked into a nightmare.

July 16, 2013  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

the third word....deep inhalation of air while puckering lips.....

I picture the YouTube video loop of Michelle Bachmann downing a corndog in Iowa...

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July 16, 2013  08:56 AM ET

I guess that means he really, really stinks. If Sanchez is starting and they use the word 'role' beside your name, you're as horrible a QB as Tebow was/is...

July 16, 2013  08:59 AM ET

They are killing me. (Jets fan lowers his head and silently sobs.)

 
July 16, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

They are killing me. (Jets fan lowers his head and silently sobs.)

Sorry man...


I know how it feels.

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