The New York Jets' blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers has fans calling for Tim Tebow to take over the starting quarterback role, but even the former Heisman Trophy winner will not be able to turn the team’s 2012 campaign around.
The Jets were shut out in a 34-0 loss to the 49ers. Starting QB Mark Sanchez completed just 13-of-29 passes for 103 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.
Following the embarrassing defeat, the Los Angeles Times’ Chuck Schilken posted a poll asking, “Should Tim Tebow be the Jets' starting quarterback?” The answer from those responding to this question was an overwhelming "yes".
NFL fans clearly believe that Tebow is capable of working the same magic that he did last season in Denver, when he went 7-3 as a starter during the regular season, then led the Broncos to an upset victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs.
But the Jets are in an entirely different situation than Denver was last season. The Broncos defense was equally as responsible for the team’s turnaround as Tebow, and New York’s unit does not look capable of pulling its weight.
The team currently ranks 21st in the league in total defense and allowed 379 yards and 27 points to the 49ers offense while playing without Darrelle Revis.
In addition, the Broncos had talent at wide receiver in Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. The Jets are unsure when Santonio Holmes will return from injury, and are currently relying on second-round pick Stephen Hill.
This puts Tebow in an extremely unfortunate situation. Any other quarterback would not be facing any expectations if he was handed the starting job on a struggling, injury-riddled team.
But Tebow’s legend grew last year and now fans will be looking to him to start winning games with a team that is not capable of competing this season.
Tebow will likely be given his chance if the Jets do not make a surprising turnaround, but his unique skill set will not be a cure-all for the myriad of problems New York is facing. He will not have significantly more success than Sanchez if given the starting job.