Tim Tebow to Jets: Why QB Experiment Is Destined to Fail

T.J. McaloonContributorMarch 22, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos talks with Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets following the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets are trying to be innovative by bringing in Tim Tebow to be a change-of-pace quarterback in the fourth quarter. It’s a risky maneuver for the Jets, and in the end it will blow up in their faces. 

Before the trade, their starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez, had a fragile psyche and a ton of pressure surrounding him from Jets fans and the media.

From AOL Sporting News, Tebow has talked with Sanchez and said that he had a “great conversation” with the Jets starting quarterback. 

Tebow went onto say:

"My goal is to push him to get better, and to push myself to get better every day," Tebow said. "but I think we'll have a great working relationship. We'll have a great relationship off the field, and we've had that the last few years. He's such a classy guy and handles himself so well, and I'll be very honored to call him my teammate." 

It looks like the mentality of Jets general manager, Mike Tannenbaum, is to bring Tebow in to run the Wildcat offense.  

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - JANUARY 21: Rex Ryan  addresses the media during a press conference introducing him as the new Head Coach of the New York Jets as Owner Woody Johnson (C) and General Manager Mike Tannenbaum look on at the Atlantic Health Jets Training C
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In an interview on ESPN’s radio show Mike and Mike in the Morning, Tannenbaum said that Tebow makes the Jets “a diverse, more dynamic offense that’s going to make it more difficult for opposing teams to defend.” 

However, being diverse and more dynamic is one thing. But in reality, Tebow is a very inaccurate, inconsistent passer, who saw success last year for the Broncos against teams who finished outside of the playoffs and against a Pittsburgh Steelers defense who made a number of mistakes in their playoff game.  

The Jets already had a very inaccurate quarterback with Sanchez. Last season, both quarterbacks finished either last or in the bottom among their fellow quarterbacks in both completion percentage and quarterback rating.  

Tebow will overshadow Sanchez this year, which will result in the quarterback having his worst statistical year since coming into the league in 2009.  

We will see this situation evolve like what happened in Denver last year.  

The Jets' schedule next year has this team possibly starting out with a combination of any of these teams: the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills or Miami Dolphins. Starting out with a tough schedule like that could result in the Jets losing three of their first four games.  

If that happens, the New York media and Jets fans will put pressure on the Jets' front office to pull the plug on Sanchez and put Tebow into the starting line up, just like what happened in Denver.  

However, unlike in Denver, the Jets have a tough division with an improved Bills team and the defending AFC Champion Patriots. Tebow will not have the luxury of playing in a weak division like the AFC West.  

The end result will be the fans being upset with Jets' management for obtaining Tebow and the club losing a good, young quarterback when Sanchez forces his way out.  

It’s hard to see this now, since Tebow is so popular and a good person. But, the reality is, this run with the Jets will not end magically like it did with Denver.