Tim Tebow: 2012 Season Is Proving He Is Nothing More Than a Gimmick Player

Thomas GaliciaContributor IISeptember 23, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jest prepares to play the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow was the toast of the league in 2011. He went 8-4 as the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, seemingly bringing them back from the brink in most of those wins.

He led the Broncos to an AFC West Championship and even a thrilling playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In the end, for his services, the Broncos would award him with being replaced by future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and a trade to the New York Jets.

It was in New York where you would figure Tebow would succeed. He would back up a much-maligned quarterback, work with a head coach who emphasized running the ball and be led by an offensive coordinator who rode the Wildcat offense to a division title of his own.

Yet three games into Tebow's career with the Jets, he's pretty much a situational player and a member of the punt-protection team.

Tebow's miracle run last season started against the Miami Dolphins in Sun Life Stadium, the same stadium where he led Florida to the BCS National Championship in 2009 and, while in high school, won a state championship. Sun Life Stadium has treated Tim Tebow better than it has treated the two primary tenants (the Dolphins and the University of Miami Hurricanes).

But on Sunday against the Dolphins, Tebow was used sparingly. He didn't attempt a pass, and he only had two runs that netted him zero yards. This is despite a five-yard run on a fake punt in the second quarter. Later in the game, he'd lose those five yards.

Mark Sanchez did attempt to pass it to Tebow, but Tebow used his head in the wrong way when attempting the catch.

This has actually been the norm for Tebow. His first game with the Jets against Buffalo had Tebow again not attempting a single pass but rushing the ball five times for 11 yards.

Against Pittsburgh in Week 2, Tebow had one run for 22 yards, but despite that run and Mark Sanchez' struggles against the Steelers defense (and Sanchez' struggles against the Dolphins), Tebow didn't show any threat of becoming the Jets' No. 1 option at quarterback.

Sounds like a one-year wonder, right? Doesn't this just scream gimmick?

We're only three weeks into the season, and a lot can happen in the final 13 games. But Tim Tebow hasn't produced what Jets fans have hoped he would produce, not even from any Wildcat-type offense where he's been the focal point. Some of this could be pinned on the Jets' coaching staff. However, considering that they see more of Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow than any of us, one has to wonder why they're limiting him.

Last year was a thrill for Tebow's fans, but this year shows that he is what he is and—no matter how red Skip Bayless might get arguing it—facts are facts. Tim Tebow is a gimmick, not a quarterback.