Tim Tebow: Predicting When Tebow Will Be Handed the Keys to Inept Offense

Steven GerwelFeatured Columnist IVOctober 7, 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 are sitting with a 2-2 record, which includes a win against the AFC East rival Miami Dolphins

The record and the team's current standing is not the major concern at this point, but the offense certainly is alarming and could ultimately be the team's undoing. 

The Jets are 22nd in points per game (20.2) and are 27th in yards per game (284.0). The team is also averaging just 4.7 yards per play, which is the fourth-worst average in the league. 

Stuck on the receiving end of much of the criticism is fourth-year quarterback Mark Sanchez, who has struggled to lead the offense in 2012. 

Sanchez ranks 27th among quarterbacks with only 203.2 passing yards per game, while throwing for five touchdowns and four interceptions in just four games. 

As a result, the zoo known as the New York fanbase is hoping Tim Tebow will be the answer to their problems. 

Of course, that's absurd, but since Tebow is undoubtedly a sensation and an icon, there will surely be a moment when the coaching staff caves and surrenders to the demands of the misguided fans. 

Now, it's just a matter of figuring out when it will happen. 

Assuming Tebow makes a debut at quarterback in 2012, here are several points in the season where your Tebow radar should be on full alert. 


Week 7 At New England 

If the New York Jets lose their next two games against the Texans and Colts, they'll be sitting with a 2-4 record as they prepare for back-to-back divisional games against New England and Miami. 

If that's the case, they'll basically be playing for their season during those two divisional showdowns, as a 2-6 record would be too difficult to overcome down the stretch. 

If the Jets lose their next two games, they'll be desperate for a turnaround against New England and will possibly look to cash in on some Tebow magic. 

The Week 9 Bye is too long to wait if the Jets can't take care of business these next two weeks. 


Week 10 At Seattle

If the Jets enter their Week 9 Bye with only two or three wins, they'll be looking to change their momentum, which could possibly mean a new starter at quarterback. 

The Bye Week is a perfect opportunity for the coaches to establish the new watered-down Tebow offense.

Seattle is a tough environment to play in, but they are certainly a beatable team and it would be a solid opportunity to get Tebow's feet wet. 


Week 16 vs. San Diego

There's a chance that the Jets coaching staff will never truly commit to Tebow this season, but that doesn't necessarily mean we won't see him under center. 

If 2012 turns into a disaster season for the Jets, don't be surprised if they start Tebow during the team's final home game as a marketing gimmick. 

Just like Tebow's rookie season under Josh McDaniels, the coaches may end the season with Tebow at quarterback in order to generate hype and create some last-minute excitement.