Why Tim Tebow Should Demand a Trade

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIISeptember 20, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16 :  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets reacts after running for a first down against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 27-10.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow needs to accept the fact that he does not belong with the New York Jets.

The offseason drama and constant storylines have led to unnecessary hype and expectations.

However, the fact of the matter that the relatively small number of Tebow-centric packages that the Jets have inserted into their offense are not benefiting either side in the way intended.

These Wildcat formations and Tebow based running plays are merely breaking up the crucial ebb and flow of New York's offense, and hindering the ongoing development of Mark Sanchez.

While competition often brings out the best in athletes, the toxic environment that Jets management created with the Tebow trade has created unnecessary distractions.

How can Sanchez fully focus on bettering the offense around him and building chemistry with receivers when he is being forced off the field in favor of Tebow packages?

And Tebow himself has been relegated to a situational player with a limited role.

Is this what the Jets imagined?

Zero passes through two games and just six rushing attempts?

This is the versatility and dynamic element that Tebow adds to the Jets offense?

If so, Tebow needs to demand a trade out of New York, quickly.

Clearly not everyone believes Tebow is ready to be a starting NFL quarterback (or even ever will be) but enough teams do that he should be given the chance to test the market.

He should be given the opportunity to at least try and earn a starting role as he was in Denver with the Broncos.

Was he met with constant criticism?


However, he learned on the go and earned the love of the Broncos fans.

There are teams in the NFL that would give Tebow a chance, or at least a better chance than he is currently being awarded with the Jets.

Tebow's famously competitive instincts have to be driving him crazy as he helplessly sits on the sideline for 90 percent of each game, indifferent towards the outcome.

We glimpsed his drive when he was finally able to run for 22 yards on a Week 2 play against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He has the poise and motivation to succeed, and while that may not account for the accuracy and passing skills that so many have criticized him for, he deserves a chance.

The Jets are not awarding him that, but there are others who will, and Tebow should demand a trade.

It may not be in his always positive nature to go against the grain and defy the team, but it is in his best interest.

And it is what needs to be done.


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