Should Rex Ryan Be Fired for Mishandling Tim Tebow?

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 30:   Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, Tim Tebow #15, Mark Sanchez #6, and head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets laugh during their preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on August 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Rex Ryan needs to be fired, but not because he's mishandled Tim Tebow, per se. 

The mishandling of Tebow is but a symptom of a much larger problem within the New York Jets organization. From the top down, this franchise is suffering from a sickness that can only be cured by an all-out purging. 

The way this team has gotten progressively worse in the past three years is a clear sign that what the front office and coaching staff has been doing isn't working. What they're doing is pure insanity. 

I'm not going to go through and list all the ways this organization has screwed up, though. Let's just focus on Tebow for the sake of this argument.

Asking him to bulk up to the size of a linebacker has devalued him as a quarterback. Sure, Tebow is an excellent blocking fullback, but is that really the best way to use him?

I think not. 

Look at the way the San Francisco 49ers have used Colin Kaepernick. He's a threat to throw or run on any given play because the 49ers don't treat him like a utility player. Instead, they treat him like an athletic quarterback who can also run the ball as well as a wide receiver. 

Tebow isn't as fast or as lean as Kaepernick, but he's at least as fast and athletic as a tight end, and he can actually make some amazing throws down the field. You wouldn't know it, though, considering that the team has only called two passing plays for him. 

When Tebow's behind center, you know it's going to be a run, and worse still, you know it's going to be a run up the gut. When he's on the field with Mark Sanchez, you know it's going to be a pass. 

There's absolutely no creativity to the way Sparano uses him, and it's partly due to the fact that Tebow's just not as quick as he used to be—due to the fact that he's gained what looks to be about 15-20 pounds this offseason. 

This organization doesn't know what to do with the weapons it has. Nothing the coaches are doing is making any positive impact. Things are getting worse, instead of getting better. 

The way Ryan and his coaching staff have mishandled Tebow is but a microcosm of the sickness that has wormed its way into the heart of the franchise. 

Ryan needs to be fired, but he's not the only one. 

For the love of all that's good and pure in the world, Woody Johnson, get rid of Mike Tannenbaum, get rid of Ryan and the entire coaching staff. Start over from scratch. It's the only way you can save your dying franchise. 


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