Tim Tebow: What Owner Woody Johnson's Comments Mean for Jets QB

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 3, 2012

The New York Jets have looked completely inept at times this season, and not because of Tim Tebow.

Instead, the third-year signal-caller has played just 32 snaps on offense in four games and has lined up at quarterback on only 15 occasions. 

It's only a matter of weeks before Tebow is named the starting quarterback in New York. 

In a Monday interview on Bloomberg TV, Jets owner Woody Johnson said that the question of who should start, Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow, is one "that will be asked more frequently" if the team's poor play continues, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini.

The fact that Johnson was unwilling to defuse the quarterback situation by making a hard stand for Sanchez, who is the current starter, tells us that Johnson himself is beginning to grow impatient with Sanchez's dismal production. 

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Sanchez has thrown for just 813 yards and five touchdowns in four games this fall. He is completing less than 50 percent of his passes, has thrown four interceptions and fumbled twice.

Quite frankly, Tebow can't play much worse than Sanchez has through the first quarter of the season. The Jets are averaging just 284 total yards per game and 20.3 points per game under Sanchez. That ranks New York 28th in total yards and tied for 22nd in scoring this season.

Johnson and the Jets are desperate for a change and will no doubt make one soon.

With a matchup with the Houston Texans looming this Monday night, my gut feeling is that Tebow will be taking snaps with the first-team offense heading into Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts. Rex Ryan will need to spark some interest in his football team, which will likely be facing a potential 2-3 start, and that'll require Ryan making a major splash.

A home meeting with the Colts would provide Tebow an excellent shot to get his feet wet as the starter and to gather some momentum heading into a pivotal Week 7 showdown with the Patriots at New England.

Johnson's lack of support for Sanchez is telling. Though he doesn't coach the team and determine the depth chart on a weekly basis, he does control the franchise and ultimately has the final say.

The Jets, once projected to reach the Super Bowl, could be 2-3 after five weeks this season, which would have the impatient Johnson calling for a change.


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