Tony Sparano defends the failed Tim Tebow experiment

While everybody laughs at the New York Jets' failed attempt to somehow weave Tim Tebow in with Mark Sanchez in their offensive playcalling, OC Tony Sparano says it wasn't neccesarily a failure.

"It's combination of things but I wouldn't use the words 'didn't work' at all," Sparano told Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com.

"We had a plan going into this thing," he said. "But obviously the plan always, at that particular time, was that Mark was the quarterback and Tim would have a role and to what degree the role was, if I remember correctly, it was one-to-20 plays in a game. Some days it was eight, some days it was one, some days it was none. Just predicated on what we saw out there. Tim has worked really hard out here, he's done a good job, he's worked hard on the practice field, but that's where we are."

As Tebow pouts about his status on the team and wants out of New York, Sparano is trying to smooth things over, especially regarding the much talked about wildcat package that was supposed to be a big deal when they acquired Tim.

"The way that I think the perception is of the Wildcat is that we had a bunch of these 30-yard gains," Sparano said. "That wasn't the case in Miami, either. In Miami, it wasn't the case at all. We just did it a lot more, so the 2-yard gains and the 5-yard gains (didn't stand out), but then the 15-yard gain, I guess that jumped out more than the 2 or the 5."

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