Belichick: Tebow 'absolutely' brings value to Jets

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Belichick: Tebow 'absolutely' brings value to Jets

Somewhere between the folks devoted to covering every breath Tim Tebow takes and the people who would just as soon see him toddle off into football irrelevancy is the truth about Tim.

And Bill Belichick spoke to it on Tuesday. The truth is, there's nobody else like him and -- because of that -- he's got value to the Jets and creates issues for every team he plays. This week, it's the Patriots.

"They've pretty much used him at every spot," Belichick said when asked on a conference call about the difficulty of preparing for the Jets' backup. "He's played more quarterback than anything else but he's also played running back, he's played tight end, he's also been out as a receiver. They've put him in some different spots. As a quarterback, he can run, he can throw, he can run the option, he can run their regular offense or they can run Tebow-type plays that Denver ran last year or that (Tony) Sparano ran when he was at Miami. He gives them a lot of versatility on all those things."

The last thing the Jets needed this season was the chaos that Tebow's presence engenders. And, in the mind of the perpetually football-obtuse Jets owner Woody Johnson, on-field ability runs neck-and-neck with buzz and marketability.

But the ancillary result of having Tebow is that -- in the end -- he does have to be dealt with. And there are layers to that.

"He doesn't always line up at quarterback when he's in there on offense so you have to be able to deal with him at other positions as well," Belichick continued. "He's a good runner, a strong runner. A very strong runner. He's mobile in the pocket, a smart player and he can do a lot of different things. You certainly have to be aware when he's in there.

So far, Tebow's thrown it three times -- including once on a fake punt last week against the Colts -- and completed two for 32 yards. He's run it 18 times for 64 yards and has picked up five first downs.

He must be accounted for.

"In the kicking game, he's dangerous," said Belichick. "It's not different than any other punting situation in that you have to cover the eligible receivers you have to be alert for them to snap the ball to the personal protector and whether he runs up the middle or goes on a sweep or however they do it. Those are things you have to prepare for every week with your punt return unit. But the fact that it's him and he's a big strong guy that's a good runner and can throw the ball, he can do a little bit more than a lot of guys that are back there."

So there's value to having him, Belichick was asked?

"Absolutely. There isn't any question about that. We saw him play last year, he quarterbacked that team to the playoffs. He's comfortable in addition to the quarterbacking things he's a versatile, valuable guy."

Green has big game as Bengals dominate Dolphins 22-7

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Green has big game as Bengals dominate Dolphins 22-7

CINCINNATI -- For most of the game, A.J. Green piled up more yards than the entire Miami Dolphins offense in a virtuoso performance. As an encore, he thrilled the crowd by juggling some Florida citrus.

The Bengals receiver followed his disappointing game with a dominating one - 173 yards and a touchdown - and a Cincinnati defense that was inspired by Vontaze Burfict's return clamped down on the Dolphins for a 22-7 victory Thursday night.

The Bengals (2-2) rebounded from a 29-17 home loss to Denver on Sunday with a solid all-around game against a depleted team.

Green led the way, beating the Dolphins (1-3) on every type of route . He was upset with himself after he dropped a pivotal third-down pass and failed to make an impact against the Broncos.

"I hold myself to a very high standard," said Green, who had 10 catches. "I know what I'm capable of. Last week I didn't perform to that level. I had to refocus on a short week."

During the first three quarters, Green had 166 yards on catches while Miami had 152 total yards. The Bengals' season-long problem of stalling out near the goal line forced them to settle for Mike Nugent's season-high five field goals.

Afterward, Green and Andy Dalton appeared on the postgame show, and the receiver entertained the dozens of Bengals fans who stayed around by smoothly juggling three oranges at the interview desk.

"Any time he was one-on-one, he was able to make the play," Dalton said.

The Dolphins were missing four starting offensive linemen, two linebackers, running back Arian Foster and tight end Jordan Cameron. They had one big play - Ryan Tannehill threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills - but couldn't do anything else on offense.

"We've got to get it fixed and quick, and by that I mean Monday," Tannehill said. "We're kind of in a dark spot right now. It's squarely on our shoulders."

The Bengals' defense expected to get a lift from Burfict's return. The volatile linebacker was suspended by the NFL for the first three games because of his illegal hits. He got a loud ovation when he ran onto the field during introductions wearing a baseball cap. Burfict knocked down a pass and had three tackles.

"He's amazing," end Carlos Dunlap said. "Did you see the plays he made? Those aren't plays you can coach. He came off his couch and played great. It's good to have him back."

Mostly, it was Green's show. He caught a 51-yard pass off Dalton's scramble in the first half, and had a 43-yard catch that set up another field goal in the third quarter for a 19-7 lead.

REMEMBERING FERNANDEZ

A large fan banner in the upper deck at Paul Brown Stadium honored Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died with two friends in a boat crash early Sunday near Miami Beach. The banner read: "Jose 16 Heaven's Bright."

STILL CAN'T RUN

The Bengals rushed for 77 yards and only a 2.1-yard average against the second-worst run defense in the league, one missing two starting linebackers.

SLOPPY DOLPHINS

Miami had seven penalties for 68 yards. The most egregious was by Terrence Fede, who pushed Kevin Huber to the ground after he punted in the third quarter. The penalty gave Cincinnati the ball, and the Bengals got a field goal out of it.

INJURIES

Dolphins: LT Branden Albert and C Anthony Steen were inactive with sprained ankles. Also missing were LBs Koa Misi (neck) and Jelani Jenkins (groin). C Mike Pouncey has missed all four games with a hip injury.

Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert was inactive again, contributing to the Bengals' trouble close to the goal line. He's recovering from offseason ankle surgery and returned to practice on a limited basis last week. CB Dre Kirkpatrick was inactive with a hamstring injury suffered Sunday. G Clint Boling sat out most of the fourth quarter with an injured left shoulder.

ANTHEM STATEMENTS

Stills and Dolphins safety Michael Thomas knelt with their hands over their hearts during the anthem.

FANTASY IMPACT

Tannehill was 15 of 25 for 189 yards with a touchdown, an interception, a fumble and five sacks. Dalton was 22 of 31 for 296 yards with a touchdown and a sack.

UP NEXT

The Dolphins begin a stretch of four straight home games against Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and the New York Jets.

The Bengals have a tough two-game stretch, playing Dallas and New England on the road. They're 1-5 in Dallas, dropping their last three. They've dropped their last six at New England, last winning in 1986.