Tim Tebow: Starting Aerially-Challenged QB Will Not Save New York Jets' Season

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 9: Quarterbacks Mark Sanchez #6, left, and Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets during pre-game warm ups before the start of their game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The New York Jets look terrible, and Mark Sanchez's poor play is a big reason why, but that doesn't mean making the highly-debated switch to Tim Tebow will turn this team around. 

The Jets' problems go far beyond the quarterback position, and those problems would doom Tebow.

When Tebow led the Denver Broncos to a six-game winning streak last season, they did so largely with good defense and a great run game. It was a recipe for success with Tebow's low-turnover, grind-it-out play.

In four of those six wins, the Broncos did not allow more than 13 points, and the most passing yards Tebow had in any of those games was 236. 

The Jets do not have a team that can win like this. Their defense is in shambles. They have allowed the 31st most rushing yards, and while they are fourth in opposing passing yards, their pass defense took a huge hit when Darrelle Revis was lost for the season with a knee injury in Week 3. 

This defense will be lucky to hold a team to 13 or fewer points all season, let alone do it consistently. 

Offensively, the Jets don't have the offensive line that will allow this team to flourish on the ground even if Tebow is the starter. They are 24th in rushing yards and are gaining just 3.2 yards per carry. 

Still, despite this ill-fitting match of Tebow and the Jets, he will almost certainly take over the starting duties at some point. 

ESPN's Rich Cimini recently wrote about the New York Jets owner indicating that the Tebow era may not be far away. 

[New York Jets owner Woody] Johnson said the prospect of Tebow starting is "a question that will be asked more frequently if this progresses because this is unacceptable playing." His first reference to Sanchez wasn't by name; he called him "this quarterback."

And he certainly has good reason to desire a change. Sanchez has been terrible, and the offense is floundering. They only have two offensive touchdowns in their last three games. 

But this move would be lateral at best. Tebow cannot succeed with the pieces the Jets have in place around him.