FOUR Tebow BITS: Jets, Miller, video, ratings

By Adam Silverstein
April 17, 2012

1 » If one thing is certain in regards to quarterback Tim Tebow’s role with the New York Jets this season it is that he will not often be standing on the sideline with his helmet off. According to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, the Jets plan to use Tebow at a variety of positions during games including quarterback, running back, H-back, fullback and even as the “personal protector” on the punt team. Left guard Matt Slauson even told that it appears to him as if New York has created a clear set division in the offense. “It’s like we’re going to be two separate teams, but as far as I know, Mark [Sanchez] is still going to be our guy,” he said. The decision to play Tebow at so many positions could prove to be either a positive or major negative for the Jets. Though Tebow is willing and able to take hits, he has done so under certain circumstances knowing they were coming. Potentially putting him on special teams or having him run a route for a pass will open up New York’s backup quarterback to a bevy of additional opportunities for injury that most players at his position do not experience.

2 » Though some of his teammates may not have been 100 percent behind him, one Denver Broncos player who continues to have Tebow’s back is linebacker Von Miller. One of Tebow’s staunchest supporters, Miller told NFL Network that he expects his friend to win the starting job in New York. “I think it’s a mistake if you think he’s just going to come in and be a Wildcat quarterback,” he said. “I think that he’s going to compete for the starting position. The Tim Tebow that I know, he’s going to come in every day, he’s going to work hard, he’s going to be consistent. And who knows? He might end up the No. 1 quarterback for the Jets at the end of the season.” He also said that he is “unhappy” Denver got rid of Tebow just because they signed Peyton Manning as a free agent. “I think he’s a better quarterback than people give him credit for,” Miller added.

3 » Tebow recently sat down with Robin Roberts for a one-on-one interview that aired on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday. He discusses transitioning to playing in the Big Apple, his charitable efforts and more in the five-minute interview.

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4 » It may have looked like any other interview, but Tebow’s appearance on Good Morning America was much more than just that. According to Nielsen, GMA beat NBC’s Today in the ratings last week for the first time in 16 years and did so by a “razor-thin margin of 13,000 viewers.” Today had won the ratings war between the two morning programs for 852 consecutive weeks dating back to December 1995 before officially learning that they lost their stronghold on Monday. “Today actually won in the ratings three of the five mornings last week,” the Associated Press reports, “but Good Morning America won on Wednesday […] and on Friday when co-host Robin Roberts traveled to Jacksonville to interview football star Tebow and his mother.” GMA’s Friday margin was 330,000 viewers, a number that undoubtedly made a huge difference in the weekly total. The question now is whether or not ABC, like its sister network ESPN, will turn their morning program into Good Morning Tebow just as the Worldwide Leader in Sports created TebowCenter on two separate occasions this past football season.


  1. Tractorr says:

    Umm, is it just me or does splitting time between “twp seperate teams” for an NFL offense seem like a bad idea?

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