Unlike Jets, Pats will find a role for Tebow

2012 was a year to forget for Tim Tebow and the New York Jets. Now the former Heisman Trophy winner finds himself on the other side of a bitter AFC East rivalry with a chance to resurrect his playing career.

Tim Tebow's short stint with the New York Jets will be remembered more for the media circus and hoopla that accompanied his arrival, than for his actual production and playmaking on the gridiron.

This was not Tebow's fault by any stretch of the imagination.

The former Heisman Trophy winner wasn't afforded the opportunity to showcase his unorthodox, yet effective playing style. Former Jets' offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, a proponent of the Wildcat offense while at the helm with the Miami Dolphins, seemed like the ideal candidate to utilize Tebow's skillset.

In reality, the experiment was a complete and utter disaster.

Tebow rarely saw the field and when he did, the plays called for him were painfully predictable. For the entire season Tebow completed 6 of 8 passes for 39 yards, while rushing for 102 yards on merely 32 carries.

Not exactly the stuff of legends.

But again, the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of Sparano and Rex Ryan for lacking the offensive ingenuity and willingness to incorporate Tebow into the weekly game plan. With Mark Sanchez under center, the Jets finished with the NFL's second-worst passing attack and produced the second-fewest points in the AFC.

New York's lackluster and at times unwatchable offense was begging for a spark to ignite it. After Sanchez eventually lost the trust of the coaching staff it was third-string signal-caller Greg McElroy, not Tebow who assumed the starting role.

Things began to snowball from there.

Diagnosed with broken ribs following New York's Week 10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Tebow was sidelined for New York's Thanksgiving Night debacle against the New England Patriots.

Now in an ironic twist of fate, Tebow will be joining forces with the Jets reviled division rivals and he's reuniting with a familiar face. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was the head coach of the Denver Broncos when they traded up in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft to nab Tebow with the No. 25 overall pick. If anyone can resurrect Tebow's career, it's McDaniels.

There's still uncertainty regarding the extent of his role in New England's offense, but it's probably fair to say that Tom Brady's job is safe for now.

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