The New York Jets have a quarterback controversy despite the adamant statements of head coach Rex Ryan, but the team will not reach the postseason, regardless of whether Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow is taking snaps.
Last season, Tebow became a national sensation when he took over the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback job from Kyle Orton and led the team to a 7-4 record to finish the season.
He sparked the team to a six-game winning streak and helped them reach the playoffs, where he famously beat the Pittsburgh Steelers with an 88-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in overtime.
But that magical sequence of events will not repeat itself if the Jets turn to Tebow this year.
New York may be 2-1 after three games, but the team has problems that go far deeper than the quarterback.
After Tebow took over for the Broncos, the defense played significantly better, and in five of the team’s seven regular season wins under the Heisman Trophy winner, Denver’s opponent was held to 15 points or fewer.
Tebow’s presence as a runner does control the clock and limits his opponent's time of possession on offense, thereby aiding the defense. But the Jets defense has been mediocre thus far, ranking 21st in yards allowed, and just lost its best player.
The team has a lack of playmakers at the skill positions and has struggled along the offensive line. New York’s offense looked dismal against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as it managed to score just 10 points before being shut out for the final 39:35 of the game.
This past week against the Dolphins, Sanchez threw two interceptions while completing just 21 of his 45 passes. The running game averaged just 2.7 yards per carry and did not produce a touchdown.
The team was lucky to be aided by a LaRon Landry interception return for a touchdown. But with Revis out for the year, it will not be able to count on many more touchdowns from its secondary.
Even if Tebow is given the starting job at some point this year, he simply does not have enough to work with in New York. The Jets are doomed to have a disappointing season in 2012 regardless of who is playing quarterback.