The 22-yard run in the third quarter by Tim Tebow might have been the highlight of the day for the New York Jets' offense. That couldn't be worse news for Mark Sanchez, who is probably deleting text messages calling for him to resign as the QB of the team as we speak.
After putting up 48 points in the dismantling of the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, many expected the Jets to put out the same kind of effort in Week 2 against a Pittsburgh Steelers defense that didn't include All-Pro linebacker James Harrison.
But that wasn't the case, and the Tebow gadget play was one of the most profitable on the ground all day. It got the Jets in Pittsburgh territory, and he stayed in for a Shonn Greene six-yard loss before leaving the game for good.
The calls for Tebow haven't started yet. Hopefully they won't for the Jets, because that might be when the wheels fall off the bus for the team. Sanchez played well enough against the Bills and the Steelers, despite drops from his wideouts, to avoid any kind of QB controversy.
However, limited action in the right package might be what's best for Tebow. The Jets, behind offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, haven't put together anything close to what Sparano was doing with Miami just a few seasons ago.
And, despite the success they may have or the calls for Sanchez's head, they won't expand that package to the point of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.
The question remains, though: Why can't Tebow be used as a weapon in the offense? Hate him or love him, the man can move the football down the field. The 22-yard run showed that on Sunday, as the offense stalled otherwise in the second half.
Maybe Rex Ryan wants to avoid a QB controversy, or at least not give the media and his team's fans ammunition toward mounting a reason to put Tebow on the field the same amount of reps as Sanchez.
Maybe the Jets have a grand plan that we don't know about, and are waiting until they need to unveil this wrinkle in their offense on a more consistent basis.
One thing is clear: Mark Sanchez is going to be given every opportunity to keep this guy off the field, for better or worse. Two plays was all Sparano needed to see from Tebow, and Sanchez was shuffled back on the field.
The Jets need to expand their offense with one of the best runners at the QB position in the entire NFL. Expectations can be tempered in New York to understand that while he's a part of the offense, the job as QB is not his.
The Jets don't have time to keep scoring 10 points per game, especially with New England in the road ahead and the AFC tough as ever at the top. Tebow can help move the ball, keep pressure on the defense to stop the run around the goal line and most importantly, help the team win.
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