Tim Tebow: Why Polarizing QB Should Play Big Role for Jets vs. Dolphins

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 9: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets walks off the field after the Jets defeated the Buffalo Bills 48-28 during an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Bills 48-28. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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As the New York Jets prepare for a critical inter-division battle against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the team's biggest trouble spot comes on offense.

After a promising Week 1 performance against the Buffalo Bills, the Jets came out and regressed to their preseason form last Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Amassing just 219 yards of total offense and gaining just 11 offensive first downs, the unit looked as anemic as initially feared.

With the pressure skyrocketing for and a place atop the division on the line, the Jets desperately need to find some form of offensive explosion going forward.

Though it's been harped on across all platforms of media, it seems apparent that it's time for New York to turn to quarterback Tim Tebow.

The polarizing signal-caller has gotten little work in his two weeks, running the ball six times for 33 yards and not attempting a pass thus far.

For the Jets to guarantee victory on Sunday, that needs to change. With that in mind, here are a few reasons why Tebow should play a big role this week against the Dolphins. 


Mark Sanchez

It goes without saying at this point, but it's not like Tebow would be replacing Tom Brady or Drew Brees behind center. Simply put, it is one mediocre quarterback replacing another mediocre quarterback.

It just so happens that Sanchez is a more accurate passer, and is therefore the more comfortable choice to make a start every week. But let us not forget that this is the same quarterback who went 10-of-27 passing last week against the Steelers.

Until Sanchez proves he can lead a consistent offensive attack, the Tebow question will always be lingering.


The Jets Cannot Run the Ball

With Tebow in the fold, many thought that 2012 would bring a breakout season from running back Shonn Greene. The four-year veteran had had a decent season in 2011, rushing for 1,054 yards and six touchdowns. 

And considering the career renaissance that Tebow helped Willis McGahee realize in Denver, it stood to reason that Greene would benefit greatly from the dual-threat's presence.

Well, if two games are any indications, it is doubtful that any quarterback's presence could make Greene an effective back. The former Iowa star has just 117 yards on 38 carries for the season, and has seemingly lacked any burst whatsoever. 

Out of seeming desperation, New York went to second-year back Bilal Powell last week, who did not look much better against the Steelers. In fact, the only player who did rip off an effective run all game was Tebow, who scampered for 22 yards on his only carry of the game.

Nonetheless, if there is any player on-roster who can breathe life into a flat rushing game, it is the former Florida star.


Tebow Thrives When In Rhythm

Though no one is advising that Tebow starts or even gets the bulk of the snaps this week, these one-off plays where he comes in as a decoy need to stop.

When Tony Sparano reintroduced the Wildcat to the NFL's consciousness, it was an offense that the league had not seen in decades. Bench running backs and wide receivers could come in cold and execute the plays without problem because they were unique.

That is no longer the case. Defensive coordinators have long-since figured it out, and the formation's presence serves as more of a nuisance than anything.

Where Tebow thrived in Denver was in the two-minute offense where he could spread the field and have time to make decisions. Creating an uptempo package where Tebow plays the quarterback position, not a glorified running back, would go a long way toward making the New York offense more explosive while actually using the backup's skill set.