Tim Tebow: Why the Colts Matchup Is the Perfect Time to Hand Tebow Reins

Thomas BonifaceCorrespondent IOctober 12, 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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Tebowmania is back and it's in the Big Apple.

Fresh off of a 34-0 beatdown by San Fransisco and a 23-17 loss to the Texans on Monday Night Football at home, the New York Jets are reeling.  Their offense is inept, their defense looks nothing like something Rex Ryan would have coached and two of their best players are out for the year.

Things are certainly down in Jets land right now.

When things get this bad for most teams they typically make a change at the quarterback position.  Simply swap the back-up for the starter.  It is an easy solution especially if the starter isn't Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers or one of the Manning brothers.

For the Jets however, things aren't that simple.

The Jets drafted Mark Sanchez four years ago in the hope that he would be their franchise quarterback for a long time to come.  Sanchez was inconsistent at times, but still led the team to the playoffs in two out of his first four years in the NFL.  Fans did clamor for his benching at times, but the team did not have a viable backup option at the position.

Now, the story is a little different.

Enter Tim Tebow, arguably the most polarizing player ever to play in the NFL.

Last year, Tebow's Broncos were in a similar position as the Jets are in this year.  Ineptitude on offense, a defense that played uninspired and a 1-4 record with no hope of making the playoffs.

John Fox decides to start Tebow in Week 5 and he leads them to a thrilling overtime victory over the Dolphins.  Six regular season wins later, the Broncos are playing the Steelers in the playoffs.

Fast forward back to this season.  The Jets are in a similar position as the Broncos were in last year and fans are clamoring for a quarterback change.

So the big question is: Should the Jets start Tebow and bench Sanchez?

In my opinion, there is no better time to do that than this week against the Colts.

Coming off a highly emotional win over the Packers at home, the Colts are perhaps one of the most susceptible teams to getting beat by Tebow.  The Colts rank No. 26 in the league in rushing yards allowed per game and have surrendered over 500 yards and five touchdowns to opposing teams through five games this season.

This plays right into Tebow's strengths.  If the Jets commit to primarily running the football against the Colts with Tebow at quarterback, they could win this game easily.

The fact that the game is a home game for New York only helps them in this scenario.  If Tebow starts the game at quarterback, he could energize the home crowd to get loud and rowdy.  This in turn creates a hostile environment for rookie quarterback Andrew Luck and the Colts offense and benefits the Jets' defense.

This scenario is a win-win for New York.

The other benefit here is that the Jets play at New England the following week.  If the Jets are successful in implementing a Tebow-run offense against Indianapolis, it adds another dimension for New England to consider when game-planning for the Jets. 

Given that the Jets usually play their best against New England, playing Tebow this week against Indy could mean two straight wins for New York.

So back to the question again.  Should the Jets start Tim Tebow this week against Indianapolis?

There seems to be no better time to do so than right now.