Tim Tebow: Is It Finally Tebow Time for New York Jets?

Nick Caso@ncaso1989Analyst IOctober 13, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  (L-R) Shonn Greene #23, Tim Tebow #15 , Mark Sanchez #6  snd Austin Howard #77 of the New York Jets stand in the offensive huddle against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Let me start by saying that I am a New England Patriots fan, and if the New York Jets want to keeping sending Mark Sanchez out on the field, by all means, keep doing it.

However, as a football fan, I think it's finally Tebow time.

When the New York Jets traded for Tim Tebow, the whole football world wondered if it was a great idea or a disaster waiting to happen. If the Jets used Tebow the right way, it would be a great pickup for a team that needed a leader and someone who could inspire. 

On the other hand, if they misused him or were just looking for some headlines, it would be a disaster. 

It is safe to say that through five games, it's been a disaster.

Through five games, Mark Sanchez is 31st in the league in QB rating, only ahead of Matt Cassel, who won't be playing anytime soon because of a concussion, and Brandon Weeden, who as a 28-year-old rookie is still learning the game. 

These are not exactly the guys you want to be mentioned with.

Sanchez is also dead last in completion percentage, at 48.4 percent, and has only thrown six touchdown passes, three of which came in a Week 1 rout of the Bills.

Based on the body of work Sanchez has put forth, in my opinion, it only makes sense that the Jets have to start Tim Tebow if they want any chance at salvaging this season. 

Here are just a few reasons:

He Inspires His Teammates

I know I sound like Skip Bayless when I say that, but it is the truth. How else do you explain the Broncos' playoff run a year ago? 

When he took over as the starting quarterback, they were dead and buried; had just traded their top receiver, Brandon Lloyd; and were just rolling the dice to see what they may have had for the future.  Next thing you know, the defense is playing out of its mind week in and week out, coming up with big plays at the right times. 

If it wasn't Tebow's leadership, then what was it? 

He Can't Be Any Worse

Seriously—and almost literally—he cannot be any worse than Sanchez.

Mark Sanchez has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the league since he first took the field in 2009, and I'm curious to know when the Jets stop making excuses for him. Most people would agree that you know what you have in a quarterback by his third season. 

While it is true that Sanchez did throw for a career high in yards and touchdowns last year, with the way the rules are now, any of us could throw for 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. Tebow has only been allowed to throw two passes this year, completing one, and has 14 rushes for 57 yards, a 4.1 yards-per-carry average. 

Obviously the sample size is very small, but you know Tebow can contribute a lot more to the ground game, which then opens up the pass. It looks like Dustin Keller will be back this week, and having a legit tight end can only help a guy who struggles in the passing game. 

The Jets Wanted Headlines, They Can Make Headlines

There is no doubt in anyone's mind that the Jets made the trade for Tebow to grab the headlines away from the Giants, who were coming off another Super Bowl victory and had taken over New York. All the attention was on the Giants, and you know the Jets weren't going to let that happen. 

They got plenty of attention during the offseason—ESPN made sure to cut to Jets training camp every time Tebow took a sip of water, and this is exactly what the Jets wanted. 

Now that it has blown up in their faces, they have a chance to show that they actually knew what they were doing. Let Tebow play; see what you have; and when he leads some of his miraculous comebacks, you will get all the headlines you want.

What Do You Have to Lose?

Sanchez's confidence? I'll take my chances with that one.

The other players' respect? Please, most of the guy's on that team need someone like Tebow to set them straight. (I'm looking at you, Santonio.) 

Personally, I do not think either quarterback is the long-term answer; however, that does not mean one of them couldn't light a fire and maybe put together some wins. Next thing you know, you're in the wild-card hunt. 

Worst-case scenario? You are right back where you started, a mediocre team that can talk the talk but can't walk the walk.

For the first time in my life, I am interested to hear what Jets fans have to say on the matter. Do you think they should stick it out with "Sanchize," or do you think it's Tebow Time? 

Or, hell, do you think they would be better with Greg McElroy under center? Just a thought.


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