The New York Jets Owner Woody Johnson made news this week when he said Tim Tebow won't be going anywhere for the next three years. The dedication to their new quarterback likely means that's exactly where the Jets are headed as well.
The idea of acquiring Tebow made some sense for the Jets. He's a dynamic player that can certainly spark an offense and manage a game.
But to do so the offense needs a few actual weapons, something that is sorely missing on the Jets.
Rex Ryan said over the summer via NFL.com that his plan was to use Tebow in Wildcat situations. But the undertone of his comment was that Tebow would be used as much to distract opposing defenses as to enhance his own offense.
Tim is going to be a major contributor to our football team. With the Wildcat specifically, the great thing is you don't know if we're going to run it one snap a game or 20 snaps a game—you have no idea.
Every week, it could be different. That's some of the preparation problems he gives you.
So far in 2012 Tebow has done more to distract his own team than he has opposing defenses.
He has thrown two passes for nine yards and added 57 yards rushing on 14 carries. His overall average per touch is just 3.9 yards if one includes the pass that bounced off his helmet.
In exchange for the creating the environment that was dubbed the "Circus Jets" over the summer, Tebow has been a non-factor.
The Jets need to be focusing on making their traditional offense work. I still contend they need to draft a franchise quarterback in April, but for now Mark Sanchez is their quarterback.
"Sanchize" needs repetitions with his offensive line and receivers.
While he touts how opposing teams "had" to prepare for Tebow running the wildcat, the Jets also needed practice time for these sets.
I took considerable heat from Jets fans in early September for predicting a collapse of their season. The blame was spread among coach Ryan, the decision to dedicate practice time to Tebow and talent issues at running back and wide receiver.
It is doubtful fans still hold the same optimism they felt a month ago. Ryan's claims that "I think this is going to be an outstanding football team, the best team I've had since I've been here,'' have fallen flat.
If there is any truth in his comments he still has time to salvage the season.
AFC teams aren't distancing themselves in the wild-card race. If the Jets can secure a home win against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday there is a chance they could finish the weekend tied with the New England Patriots.
Despite their rocky start, the Jets are still in the mix for a playoff spot. But to get there they need to start treating Tebow as what he is—their backup quarterback.
If they want to incorporate Tebow in the offense they need help at wide receiver and running back.
Bill Polian said on NFL Live that the Jets should move Tim Tebow to running back.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 10, 2012
They need to get to work in practice and let Sanchez take hold of his offense.
This should have happened during training camp. The Jets' gamble didn't pay off, and doubling down on Tebow now would be a major mistake.
Opposing defenses aren't spending time preparing for the Tebow Package, and neither should the Jets.