NFL: Tim Tebow to the Jets, Could It Work?

Ross BentleySenior Analyst IMarch 21, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos gestures as he stpes up to the line of scrimmage against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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A new name has come up amongst teams who have interest in signing Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, the New York Jets.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, and Miami Dolphins have all been reported to have at least some interest in Tebow and now the Jets have seemingly thrown their hat in the ring. To start, it still seems to be a long shot that Tebow will end up in New York. Jacksonville makes the most sense considering Tebow's roots in Florida, and their need to sell tickets and spark an interest in the franchise.  

However, just the Jets being interested is very telling. So the question is, if Tebow signs could it work? The immediate reaction from me, and I am guessing most Jets fans, was no. The last thing the Jets need is the circus of Tim Tebow joining Mark Sanchez, Rex Ryan, Santonio Holmes and the rest of the Jets personalities in that locker room. The reason why the Jets fall from grace was so bitter was because of the publicity this team got, which they brought upon themselves. Rex Ryan predicting his team to win the Super Bowl every year just makes it that much more embarrassing when they end up with an 8-8 record. 

The best solution for the Jets this offseason is to be quiet. Pick up some solid pieces that can help your team win, do your best to restore unity in the tumultuous locker room, and just shut up. Let the Giants get all the attention in New York, after all they are the world champions. 

Signing Tim Tebow is the opposite of all of that. It brings the Jets right back into the forefront of the media circus. Signing Tebow, as a backup to Sanchez, or whatever the package is that they would use him as would put the Jets in the spotlight every week, if for no other reason then just to see how they used Tebow in that weeks game. 

But the more and more I think about it, the more I start to think, it could work. At least from a football perspective it is intriguing. One of the biggest criticisms Jets fans had of former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was that as the season progressed he started to rely too heavily  on the passing game. The Jets made their mark as a run first team, that's what led them to back to back AFC Championship games in 2010 and 2011. Despite Shonn Greene, and LaDainian Tomlinson being a rather mediocre duo at running back, the Jets still likely would have had more success on offense if they tried to run the ball down the opposing team's throats, instead of leaving up to the inconsistent at best arm of Mark Sanchez.

Now with new OC Tony Sparano at the helm, I fully expect the Jets to go back to the ground and pound style they had two years ago. Sparano was a run first guy when he was the head coach in Miami, and popularized the Wildcat with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Who better to run the Wildcat offense then Tim Tebow? Sure, Tebow may not have the mechanics to be a great Quarterback in the NFL, but that doesn't mean he can't be an effective player.

The Jets don't have anyone on their current roster that could pose the dual threat, pass-run capability that would come from having Tebow in the backfield. Not to mention, Tebow would serve as a backup that is much needed to Sanchez if he gets injured at the QB position (although I still would prefer the Jets to sign an effective veteran backup and move Tebow down to third string). Unlike the situations if he went to Green Bay or stayed in Denver, putting Tebow in a Wildcat formation 10-15 plays a game wouldn't take away from the dynamics of the Jets offense. As I mentioned, Mark Sanchez threw the ball entirely too many times last year, and had his worst season yet in a Jets uniform. 

I've almost talked myself into it, but at the end of the day Tebow in a Jets uniform would simply cause to big of a distraction, especially on the fragile psyche of Mark Sanchez for it to be an effective move. He should (and I believe will) end up in Jacksonville, but until the trade goes through the thought of No. 15 Tebowing in a Jets uniform will be intriguing to say the least.