Tim Tebow: Jets Rushing Attack Quiets the Need for QB Switch

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets runs the ball against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Texans won 23-17. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The main theme around the New York Jets this week centered around the quarterback position.

Mark Sanchez has remained the starting quarterback, leading his team to a respectable 3-3 start. However, some fans were clamoring for Tim Tebow to move up the depth chart after consecutive losses to the San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans

ESPN's Skip Bayless has been one the leading voices on Tebow's side:


No idea what Rex is doing w/ Tebow. He seems to have no clue. Clown show. Stubbornly, blindly sticking with Sanchez, who'll get him fired.

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) October 11, 2012


After throttling the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 35-9, though, the only name being discussed is Shonn Greene.

The fourth-year running back had the best game in the NFL (161 yards and three touchdowns). It was only the fifth time he has topped 100 yards in a game, and it was only the second multi-touchdown game of his career. 

In addition, Joe McKnight added 71 yards on the ground, thanks mostly to a 61-yard run in the third quarter.

This running attack was nowhere to be seen over the last few games. Entering Sunday, the Jets were averaging only 83 yards per game on the ground and were No. 30 in the NFL with a 3.2 yards-per-carry average.

Many believed that Tebow would be able to bolster the stagnant offense with his unique abilities. The Denver Broncos were the No. 1 rushing attack in the NFL once the Florida product took over behind center. With the Jets, however, he has yet to make much of an impact.

Sanchez did not do much to keep his job. He did throw two touchdowns, but he only totaled 82 yards passing and an average of 4.6 yards per attempt. Still, his lack of turnovers and the winning score will keep Tebow on the bench for another week.

The question remains whether or not a quarterback switch will make a difference. Sanchez has completed less than 50 percent of his passes this year, but Tebow also is below that mark in his career.

Fortunately, things will be much easier if the run game continues to play like it did on Sunday. It would take the pressure off the passing game, which has struggled without veterans Santonio Holmes and Dustin Keller. 

Next week, New York has an important road game against the New England Patriots. If the team is unable to stay competitive, it may be time to consider a switch. 

Until that point, Sanchez should stay in control of the starting job.