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Why Tim Tebow's Toughest Task Will Be Saving Rex Ryan's Job

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jest prepares to play the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2012

The New York Jets and head coach Rex Ryan are sinking fast, and the only person that will be able to save either is quarterback Tim Tebow

Ryan is on the hot seat after another shaky start to a season. Tebow is no stranger to overcoming insurmountable odds to get the job done, but fixing Ryan and the Jets could be the first task Tebow fails to accomplish. 

The Jets are currently sitting at 2-2 after an embarrassing thrashing at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, and starting quarterback Mark Sanchez was horrendous. 

Something has to change. The media will yell for Tebow to take over, as will the Jets' fanbase. 

Let's examine whether Tebow will be able to effectively tackle the toughest task he has ever faced.

 

Replacing Sanchez Isn't Easy

Sanchez has been the definition of mediocre so far in 2012. He has thrown five touchdowns to four interceptions and 813 yards while leading the Jets to the .500 mark.

The majority of Sanchez's positive numbers came in the season opener, but it has been all downhill from there. 

Still, while the media and fans are fully against Sanchez, it will be seriously difficult for Tebow to replace him. He is still the leader, and Tebow taking over courtesy of the media could cause a schism in the locker room. 

Statistically, Tebow can be better than Sanchez, thanks to his impressive versatility and his uncanny ability to win game late. He fits with the Jets roster nicely, but the expectations placed on him would be even bigger than those initially placed on Sanchez. 

 

Overcoming Ryan and a Mediocre Roster

Ryan has not exactly been the best coach in the NFL over the past few years. Whether it be mediocre game plans and play-calling or absolutely ridiculous quotes to the media that do more harm than good, Ryan is another obstacle Tebow has to overcome. 

It is likely that with the erratic play of the Jets, Ryan will be on the hot seat. He has been unable to control his locker room or himself, and eventually the front office will have had enough. 

Tebow can change that. 

If Tebow can take over for Sanchez and lead the mediocre Jets roster to the postseason or more, both will be just fine. 

Offensively, Tebow will have to deal with an erratic offensive line, a nonexistent running game that failed to rush for even 50 yards against San Francisco and the lack of legitimate weapons in the passing game.

Tebow can overcome the lack of talent, but it will be quite the task. 

 

Is Tebow Up to the Task?

It seems like a sure thing that Tebow will end up taking the starting gig from Sanchez, but the real question is when that change will occur. 

If Tebow takes over when the season is already lost he will be unable to prove his worth or save Ryan's job. 

The sooner Tebow takes over, the better. He is by no means anything more than an above-average quarterback, but he has the ability to win games on the ground or through the air.

Tebow needs more consistency and accuracy when throwing the ball, but the team will undoubtedly rally around him thanks to his excellent leadership skills. He can win games for the Jets, but only if he is given the opportunity to do so. 

Tim Tebow faces the toughest challenge he will ever encounter in the NFL this season when he is tasked with saving Rex Ryan's job. Tebow is more than capable of succeeding. 

 

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