Santonio Holmes: Jets Must Start Tim Tebow at QB Now That Star WR Is Injured

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 3, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets watches action from the bench against the Miami Dolphins on September 23, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Jets defeated the Dolphins 23-20 in overtime. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Jets WR Santonio Holmes went down on Sunday in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers. It was a scary, non-contact injury that forced the veteran wideout to cough up the ball, which resulted in a TD for the Niners.

Now it’s looking like the Jets’ top wide receiver is done for the season, as Cindy Boren of The Washington Post and other reporters are finding he suffered a Lisfranc injury.

With the loss of such a major offensive weapon in Holmes, it would be prudent for the Jets coaching staff to remove struggling QB Mark Sanchez and insert Tim Tebow under center in his stead.

Sanchez, in a healthy offense, has only completed 63 of 128 passes for 813 yards and five TDs (three against the Buffalo Bills in a blowout) with four interceptions and two fumbles. Take away his best receiver (Holmes has 20 catches for 272 yards and a TD in 2012) and those numbers are bound to go down.

While the Jets are 2-2 going into Week 5, there is no way they are salvaging a winning season minus Darrelle Revis on defense and Holmes on offense without making a drastic decision—such as starting Tebow.

The former Broncos QB was able to lead his team to a miraculous playoff run last year, winning seven of the 11 games he started and shocking the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.

Tebow was able to do all of this by using his legs to create plays and scare the defense. The former Florida Gator star was often improvising on the run, something Sanchez is incapable of doing with his subpar athleticism.

While Sanchez may have a better arm in the pocket when compared to Tebow, there is simply no way that will be a boon to the underwhelming receivers (Stephen Hill or Jeremy Kerley could be the No. 1 in his place) who will struggle to get open.

Gang Green needs to realize its best chance to save the 2012 season is Tebow. Let the man get his chance, as he deserves it and has shown in the past that he can make something out of nothing.