Tim Tebow: Jets Must Greatly Expand Backup QB's Role in Offense

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVOctober 6, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jest prepares to play the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets' solid start to the season has quickly turned to mush, and they need a shot in the arm in the form of prodigal son Tim Tebow to put some firepower in their offense.

A poor season in 2011 by Sanchez's offense may not have been enough to give Tebow the starting spot right off the bat, but things have proved to be more of the same so far in 2012. Their running game is nonexistent at just over 80 yards per contest, and the passing game is atrocious.

The best way for New York to improve their running game is to utilize all of Tebow's abilities—not just the running ones. He's barely been used in the offense for anything besides rushing plays, and continuing to do so will only make his presence even more predictable.

If the Jets want Tebow to help improve their running game, they must put their trust in his ability to throw the football as well. A few consecutive completions will open up the defense and allow him to do what he does best: run the football.

During a 34-0 drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, fans in MetLife Stadium started chanting Tebow's name in the hopes that Mark Sanchez would soon be permanently replaced by the newly acquired quarterback. The Jets simply cannot ignore this beast anymore, and they must give Tebow a chance to shine.

We'd all be dumb to believe that Rex Ryan brought Tebow to New York just to be a backup quarterback, or H-back, or punt protector. He knew that this day would come, and quite frankly, many of us expected it to happen.

The world of sports will undoubtedly dissect who is starting at the quarterback position, but the most significant factor is each player's impact. Tebow doesn't have to be named the starter to have an impact, and the Jets can certainly still use Sanchez's abilities.

But allowing Sanchez to be the only person in the backfield throwing the ball is idiotic when they're using Tebow this much. A balance needs to be found, and the Jets must find a way to give Tebow at least five or 10 pass attempts per game from here on out. 

If Tebow had run a Wildcat formation in his time at Florida or with the Denver Broncos, he wouldn't have had nearly the same amount of success. It was his ability to be a dual-threat and throw the ball that allowed for his success on the ground.

The Jets got Tebow for a reason, and it's time for them to unleash the beast.