New York Jets: How Will Tim Tebow Make an Impact on the Jets This Season?
When the New York Jets acquired Tim Tebow back in March, thoughts and ideas began to circulate online on just how Tebow would impact Gang Green. Up to this point, the impact still remains unseen, and Tebow's role is still undefined.
However, we can gather that sooner than later Tebow will be unleashed, and he'll have a positive impact on New York's struggling franchise.
Boost to the Run Game
Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
New York's run game is really suffering this season, and the numbers depict this.
Running back Shonn Greene's game has been anemic. He has 57 carries for a mere 157 yards—that's an average of 2.8 yards per carry. These are atrocious numbers for a starting running back, and Greene should be embarrassed.
Enter Tim Tebow.
Tebow's seen minimal playing time, but he's been a bit more effective than Greene when considering production. Tim has eight attempts for 33 total yards—just over four yards a carry.
What's even more amazing is Tebow's season long is 22 yards, while Greene's long is 14.
When Tebow quarterbacked for Denver, the Jets experienced first hand just how deadly No. 15 is on the run. If Tebow had a few more snaps, he can possibly bring the run game to life in New York.
Locker Room Presence
Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
Tim Tebow's religious belief's have been well documented, and he's been someone teammates rely on to maintain a positive attitude in the locker room—whether the team wins or loses.
Coming into this season, New York was considered to be among the worst locker rooms to be in, in terms of team chemistry.
From the looks of it, Tebow has done his part in stabilizing the locker room. He has his team behind him, but as an athlete not as a professional quarterback.
He's always gathering teammates for prayers and taking time to reflect can be a great thing, especially for those with active lifestyles like most athletes.
Even if he only impacts the team as far as to just being a supportive figure in the locker room, it's something that Gang Green needed in 2012.
Tim's a great addition to the team, and the positive impact that he'll have on this disoriented locker room will be beneficial in the future.
Challenge Mark Sanchez
Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
Although it's still not clear if Tebow will ever be a starter in New York—in fact, it's pretty doubtful—his presence on the depth chart is enough to make Mark Sanchez step his game up.
If he does not, Tim Tebow would love the opportunity to lead this team.
We will never know if Tebow can lead Gang Green into battle unless coach Rex Ryan gives him the chance, and that chance might be slowly creeping up on us.
Just think about this moment for a second.
When Tebow comes in for a Wildcat package, nine-out-of-ten times other teams are anticipating the run. Perhaps allowing the quarterback to throw a pass would keep the defense on their heels and force them to respect the pass.
Don't get me wrong, I stand by Sanchez as New York's guy, but having the ability to work Tebow into the plays would throw opposing teams off and would benefit the Jets' offense.
The problem that Gang Green has encountered this season has nothing to do with preventing opponents from putting up points...it's getting their offense on the scoreboard, and Tim Tebow could help the cause there.