Tim Tebow: Jets Will Suffer for Not Utilizing Quarterback's Passing Ability

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 23, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets throws the ball prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins on September 23, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets made it clear in their Week 3 win over the Miami Dolphins that they want to include backup quarterback Tim Tebow in various packages, but their record will suffer if they cannot find a way to utilize his dual-threat effectiveness. 

The Jets may be 2-1, despite the fact that Tebow has barely had his fingerprints on the game, but they nearly gave up a loss Sunday against a team that shouldn't have remained close with a team as talented as the Jets.

Mark Sanchez squandered many opportunities to win the game for his team, including a wide-open touchdown pass in the end zone that sailed above his intended target's head.

Sanchez hasn't had an awful start to the season, but it's far from convincing when he has a former Heisman trophy winner nipping at his heels.

We all know that Tebow is far from the most polished passer, but he wouldn't have made it nearly as far as he did in his career without a solid throwing arm. 

In many instances this year, the Jets would've been better off to have Tebow slinging tight throws instead of Sanchez. But despite this, he's yet to throw a single pass in three games.

There's no doubting that the Jets need to utilize Tebow's running ability, but part of what makes his ground game so efficient is the guessing game he plays with defenses. When the ball is in his hands, they have to honor his ability to pass the ball even if he may not be the best thrower in the NFL.

Defenses that face Tebow now will become more and more accustomed to Rex Ryan's lack of trust in Tebow's arm, and that will result in his plays becoming less and less productive as those defenses read what the Jets try to do.

The only way that the Jets have used Tebow in a solid fashion was a fake-punt conversion on Sunday that resulted in a five-yard gain and an extension of their drive. 

The Jets tried to hit a short pass with Tebow as the receiver, but it bounced off his helmet and obviously showed that he's not very trained when it comes to catching fast throws.

If there's one thing that Tebow is trained to do, it's to make great decisions with the ball in the backfield when it comes to throwing and running the football.

The Jets don't have to spurn Sanchez and make Tebow the starter, but if they want to use Tebow productively, they're going to have to utilize his passing skills and dual-threat ability.


Steven Cook is a Breaking News writer for Bleacher Report.