Mike Westhoff: Tebow situation 'a mess'

January, 11, 2013
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Former New York Jets special-teams coach Mike Westhoff has never been one to mince words. But now that Westhoff is retired, the gloves are completely off on all that went wrong in New York (6-10) last season.

Westhoff made an appearance on WQAM in South Florida and shed plenty of light from the inside on the Tim Tebow debacle.

"It was an absolute mess," Westhoff explained. "You can say it however else you want it: It was really a mess. I was very disappointed."

Westhoff, like many media and Jets fans, didn't get all the hoopla over the now-infamous Tebow Wildcat package. New York kept the package a secret during training camp and the preseason. And the few times it was used during the regular season, it was ill-timed and looked disorganized.

"I know we didn't practice it," Westhoff said. "We didn't practice it in training camp. We were going to unveil it. Well, I'm still waiting for the unveiling. And it didn't happen."

Acquiring Tebow in an offseason trade was a huge mistake and one of the worst decisions the Jets made in 2012. It's part of the reason general manager Mike Tannenbaum and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano lost their jobs. But New York and Tebow will part ways this offseason -- and that's clearly the smartest move for both parties.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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