EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Jets have mostly taken advantage of quarterback Tim Tebow's versatility on special teams this year. Tebow successfully converted on several fake punts running and passing the football this season.
However, having Tebow as the punt protector Sunday backfired as the Miami Dolphins took advantage of his inexperience. The Dolphins brought the house in the first quarter and Tebow had to choose to block one of two defenders.
Tebow made the wrong choice and allowed the quicker, faster Dolphins cornerback Jimmy Wilson run free. The result was a blocked punt that was recovered for a touchdown by defensive end Olivier Vernon. That gave the Dolphins an early 10-0 lead they never relinquished.
“We wanted to take advantage of Tebow when they were in the regular punt set,” Wilson said. “When [special teams] coach [Darren] Rizzi called the punt block I knew that was my opportunity.”
This is the first year Tebow has played on special teams in the NFL. The Dolphins spent a lot of time during their bye week practicing their ability to rush the punter. It was an early turning point in the game that proved to be costly for the Jets. Miami won the game, 30-9, to improve to 4-3.