Tim Tebow: Jets QB Must Prove His Worth Against 49ers in Week 4 Matchup

Alex KayCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets watches action from the bench against the Miami Dolphins on September 23, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Jets defeated the Dolphins 23-20 in overtime. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow’s found a stunning lack of success during his tenure as the New York Jets backup quarterback.

While it’s unheard of for a second-string QB to endure as much scrutiny as the No. 2 on the Jets’ roster, Tebow has become a lightning rod for criticism during his short NFL career.

If he’s going to earn his exorbitant $2.5 million salary (not to mention the approximate $2.5 million that New York is paying to the Denver Broncos), Tebow is going to have to come through on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, Gang Green simply hasn’t found success with the former Florida Gators star out on the field.

The team is averaging a paltry 3.1 yards in the 25 plays that Tebow has been on the field, which pales in comparison to the 5.4 the Jets averaged over the course of their 167 other offensive snaps.

If that isn’t a red flag for coach Rex Ryan and the rest of the Jets coaching staff, it’s hard to see what is.

Fortunately, Tebow should have a chance against the 49ers, a team that has given up a league-high of 70 yards to QB runs—as per Cimini’s article.

With starting QB Mark Sanchez projected to struggle against the stout San Francisco pass rush and secondary, Ryan should be able to allocate a handful more snaps to Tebow.

If the controversial signal-caller can step out onto the gridiron and make some plays happen—including big gains or even touchdowns—the Jets will have gotten their money’s worth with their investment in Tebow.

Should the “Wildcat” specialist fail to move the chains and once again show off his questionable throwing ability, the New York Jets must figure out a new plan for their major offseason acquisition.