Tim Tebow Must Demand Trade at Season's End

John RozumCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets reaxcts after he ran for a first down in the secon dhalf against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow should demand a trade at season's end.

He isn't being utilized enough by the New York Jets and that lack of contributing opportunities is costing the team.

It's not so much that Tebow should start, but giving him the rock more in any short-yard or red zone situation would produce more first downs and touchdowns. We've seen how Tebow can impact a game and it's not like the Jets have much to lose at this point anyway.

Unfortunately, Tebowmania is being held to a minimum in the Big Apple. To that end, here's why Tebow should look for a trade in the 2013 offseason.

One Team That Could Use Him

The Arizona Cardinals are quite an appealing team for Tebow. For one, the offensive line has given up 23 sacks in five games and the Cardinals need a stronger ground game.

In addition, Arizona has legitimate postseason odds after a 4-1 start this season and 2013 can only be better. The Cardinals receiving corps would be the best Tebow has ever targeted and his dynamics provide a unique edge in a tough defensive division.

Considering his arm strength and mobility, all Tebow would have to do is launch the ball downfield and let Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd or Andre Roberts bail out his inaccuracy. Backed by a sound defense and reliable special teams, Tebow would flourish in Arizona.

Plus, the Jets could get something for him which only helps during the 2013 draft.

Proven Impact

By no means would Tebow burn up the stat sheet.

He's not a quarterback driven by numbers or fantasy points to anyone. Winning, though, is all that matters and he can do just that wherever he goes. New York's reluctance to put him under center is negating what Tebow provides and the AFC East is only getting tougher.

With the Miami Dolphins on the rise and the New England Patriots remaining the standard, Gang Green's quickly losing ground. Considering the Jets overall lack of talent at receiver and the least Tebow can do is extend plays to eventually make plays.

Not to mention his presence is capable of moving the chains which allows Rex Ryan's defense to rest. It's not so much that Tebow has to start or get more snaps than Mark Sanchez, he just needs a greater role to help improve the overall execution.

Too Much Mark Sanchez?

Last season when Tebow took over under center in Denver, Kyle Orton never saw the field.

The downside of that are Tebow's flaws which include being turnover-prone and more vulnerable to disguised coverages. There is, however, a bit too much Sanchez as well.

Tebow's total lack of opportunities has definitely affected New York's offense. That said, Sanchez possesses much better accuracy, decision-making and pre-snap reads. In short, utilizing Tebow must be enough to keep a defense off balance.

Instead, the Jets are getting a little too predictable with Tebow.

Everyone knows he's a threat inside the red zone, so why not have him in the backfield with Sanchez on second or third down? These are all things other teams, such as the Cardinals, can do with Tebow to let his presence impact a game.

Gang Green is simply not taking full advantage of Tebow's complete skill set and it's no surprise the Jets are 2-3.

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