It took until Week 4 for the New York Jets coaches to allow Tim Tebow to throw a pass. Based on the outcome of that play, it might be a while before they ask their backup to toss it again.
With the Jets trailing the 49ers, 7-0, in the second quarter in New Jersey, Tebow came onto the field in a 3rd-and-1 situation. The high-profile backup took a shotgun snap, faked a handoff and then burst toward the line of scrimmage. Rather than barreling ahead for the yard to gain, Tebow stopped short and flicked a throw to Dedrick Epps. The reserve tight end managed to get his hands on the ball but coughed it up when he took a low hit from 49ers safety Dashon Golson.
Utilized earlier in the game for blitz pickup, Tebow has yet to hit his stride as a runner in New York -- or a passer. To sum up: One pass attempt resulted in one completion, one fumble recovered by the 49ers and one fewer offensive player available for the Jets.
Of course, Tebow fans will be happy to know that his completion percentage figures to be better than Mark Sanchez's mark.