Before we go any further, let's get one thing clear—I do not think Tim Tebow should be the starting quarterback of the New York Jets. I do not think the team should bench Mark Sanchez. I think that notion is ludicrous, quite frankly.
But I do think Tebow needs to be a bigger part of the Jets offense. I think the team needs to find more creative ways to involve him. I even think they should experiment with both he and Sanchez lining up next to one another in the shotgun.
It's time to get creative in New York.
I've already written about why I think Sanchez must remain New York's starter, so I won't get into that extensively here. The gist is that the Jets have made too much of a financial commitment to Sanchez over the next two years, and frankly, I don't think Tebow gives them a better chance at succeeding.
But he is a weapon that must be utilized.
Tell me, right now, who is the most feared offensive weapon the Jets have? Is there any player opposing defenses are concerned about? Is there a single, compelling player on the offensive side of the ball on this team?
Shonn Greene has the acceleration of a glacier. Stephen Hill is a rookie and he's banged up. Jeremy Kerley sounds like the name of a brand of frozen french fries you find at the grocery store. Dustin Keller hasn't even played yet this year, though he's probably the team's best skill position player left.
So why not let Tebow try his hand at a number of positions. Give me legitimate carries as a running back in the backfield. Use him more as an H-Back and throw to him in the flat. Line him up at wide receiver, just to see how the defense aligns and responds.
But one idea that really intrigues me is using both he and Sanchez in the shotgun. From there, Sanchez can hand off to Tebow, pitch it to him where Tebow can boot and pass or let Tebow drift into the flat as a check-down for Sanchez.
The options are unlimited. Imagine the flea-flicker possibilities. If you put a running back on Sanchez's other side, you could direct snap to Tebow and let him run the option while Sanchez pump fakes a pass. Suddenly, defenses wouldn't even know which player was going to be the quarterback on any given play.
Now, I'm no offensive coordinator, something I'm sure a few folks will remind me of below. I'm not even sure lining up both players consistently in the shotgun will work. But that's not the point. The point is, the Jets need to find a way to involve every playmaker they have in this offense.
At this point, they don't have a more intriguing weapon than Tebow. I still don't like him as a starting quarterback. But as a Swiss Army Knife that can help the Jets in a number of ways—that I like.
And if the Jets want to start winning again, it's time they involved Tebow in this offense much, much more.
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