Tim Tebow: New York Jets Smart to Limit Backup QB's Touches

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 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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When the New York Jets traded for Tim Tebow, everyone assumed that it was just a matter of time before he started taking snaps away from Mark Sanchez. Yet, for reasons known only to Rex Ryan and the coaching staff, it hasn't happened. 

As much as fans and analysts who watch the Jets dislike Sanchez because he varies from good to bad so much to the point where you never know what you are going to get, Tebow can't start taking snaps away from him. 

Tebow has run the ball seven times and been involved in a few more offensive and special teams plays, but has yet to do anything really substantial in his limited opportunities. 

As the problems mount for the Jets—Sanchez's struggles, Darrelle Revis tearing his ACL, Joe McKnight playing cornerback, Shonn Greene falling off a cliff—there are going to be cries to take drastic steps to turn the ship around. 

Obviously, no change would be bigger than getting Tebow more time under center. As the Associated Press (via USA Today) wrote, Tebow's role right now is the greatest mystery hanging over the Jets. 

Well, Tebow’s role on the offense remains a mystery as the once-secret wildcat package has been rarely used. After all, that was the major selling point on Tebow this summer, that the Jets acquired him from Denver to add a dynamic yet unpredictable presence to the offense.

So far, it’s been unpredictable. Dynamic, not so much.

Yet for all the talk about what the team isn't doing with Tebow, no one is actually looking at what Tebow does on the field. 

Tebow's career stats are far worse than Sanchez's, who everyone in New York wants run out of town. Tebow's career completion percentage is 47.3, while Sanchez's is 55. Do you really think anything is going to get better with Tebow?

Spare me the arguments that I am evaluating Tebow the wrong way. Don't try to tell me that he is a winner who knows what to do at the end of games to get his team over the top. What you are really saying is that he isn't good but has managed to get lucky in the few games he has played. 

The Broncos didn't win last year because of Tebow's fourth-quarter heroics. They won because the defense was able to keep things close after Tebow provided nothing for 97 percent of the game.

Throwing Tebow into the fire is just giving into fan pressure. He is not a good quarterback. He might be a good running back, though we have never seen him in that role. 

What the Jets are doing with Tebow right now is perfect. Perhaps they could utilize him a little bit more, but overall, there is no reason to throw him all the way into the fire. He can't throw the ball, which is an important part of the quarterback position. 

By only letting Tebow get in plays when he has to use his legs, the Jets realize that their best play with him is to make sure he stays as far away from throwing the ball as possible. 

Sorry, Jets fans. You are going to have to live with Sanchez throwing the ball. If you think that's bad, go look back at Tebow's throws from last season. That's why he is not touching the ball as much as you would like.