Tim Tebow: New York Jets Must Trade or Start Polarizing QB

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIOctober 5, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Mark Sanchez #6 and Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets celebrate a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during their season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Calls for Tim Tebow to be the starting quarterback of the New York Jets are not going to go away. That’s especially true if the Jets continue to play embarrassing football as they did in their 34-0 stomping by the San Francisco 49ers in Week 4.

49er's cornerback Carlos Rodgers said the Jets quit, according to James Walker of ESPN, and there doesn’t seem to be any relief in sight in the Tebow saga.

After that loss, the team dropped to 2-2 on the season. From the cries of the Jets’ fan-base and the New York media, you’d think they were 4-0.

A tough matchup against the undefeated Houston Texans awaits Rex Ryan’s Jets on Monday Night Football. That just may be the breaking point that everyone, excluding Tim Tebow, has been clamoring for.

Tebow has not, to this point, expressed dissatisfaction with his role in the Jets’ offense despite only playing in just 31 of the team’s 257 offensive plays.

All Tebow has to do is slip up once in a press conference or during an interview by even hinting that he thinks he should be the starter and the world as you know it will explode from within.

Because of its volatility and the odds piling up against the Jets—Santonio Holmes and Darrelle Revis being placed on injured reserve—there’s only one solution to this debacle—start Tebow or get him out of your locker room.

Tebow is the most polarizing athlete in the NFL and will take with him a following that transcends the game of football and conventional wisdom as well. You’ll debate till your eyes bleed the merits and possibility of Tebow being a successful NFL quarterback.

Whether you love him, hate him or think he’s a terrific or model human being, Tebow starting might actually be a good thing for the Jets at this point. Mark Sanchez has continued to be erratic behind center, only completing 49.2% of his passes.

Rex Ryan’s Santonio Holmes-less Jets offense could use the added dynamic threat of Tim Tebow at the helm to keep teams off balance and to attempt to revitalize a rushing game that is struggling to take flight.

The truth is, whether or not Tebow would make a difference is irrelevant. It will never end as long as there’s a wiling audience ready to exacerbate the debate.

In New York, the ordeal is simply amplified ten times over because of its proximity and accessibility to the national media.

Bringing in Tebow to play on the bench and in a limited and special teams capacity was a mistake that everyone saw coming. Letting him continue riding the bench will be a lasting detriment to the progress of the Jets.

What were they thinking?


Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer with Bleacher Report and also covers the NFL and the Cleveland Browns for the site.