Why Rex Ryan, New York Jets Must Start Tim Tebow in Week 5

Nick KostoraContributor IIISeptember 30, 2012

Sept 9, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) after their game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Bills 48-28.  Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

The excuses for Mark Sanchez are running out. It is time for Rex Ryan and the New York Jets to start backup quarterback Tim Tebow in Week 5.

Behind all of the drama, controversy and skepticism is the fact that Sanchez has played poorly to start the 2012 season and, to a greater degree, his career in general.

In Week 4 especially, the Jets looked anemic offensively.

Sanchez threw for just 103 yards with one interception, bringing his season totals to a meager 813 yards passing, five touchdowns and four interceptions.

New York has 33 points total over the last three games, with one win to show for it.

Sanchez is not giving the Jets chances to win and is instead a catalyst for their demise.

This is why it is time to insert Tebow.

Personal opinions of the former Heisman winner need to be put aside, because he gives New York the best chance to win moving forward.

In Week 5, the Jets play the Houston Texans—the undefeated Houston Texans.

Give one of the best defenses in football a chance to game plan for Sanchez, and the Jets are going to be beaten down just as badly, if not even worse, than the 34-0 whooping San Francisco put on them in Week 4.

In contrast, Tebow is one of the most difficult quarterbacks in the world for whom to prepare.

Yes, he struggles throwing the ball. But can it be argued at this point that Sanchez doesn't?

Tebow would instantly improve the Jets' 17th-ranked rushing attack and give the New York offense the type of added dimension that the occasional Wildcat formation simply does not provide.

How long can the Jets continuously spin their proverbial wheels before they finally take the ball out of the mediocre hands of Sanchez?

This is an AFC East division that is wide open at this point and primed for the taking by any team that wants to step up.

Can the Jets be that team if they stay on their current offensive trajectory?

And, more importantly, is giving Tebow a chance not at least worth a try?

Tebow is the best solution to a difficult problem in New York.

That may not be a popular answer, but it is the truth. Ryan needs to accept that fact before the Jets dig themselves into an even deeper hole—one that not even Tebow can dig them out of.