Tim Tebow: Lack of Role for Iconic Backup Shows Jets' Lack of Vision

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 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 New York Jets are sailing forward without a map or charted course, just hoping they will eventually bump into Plymouth Rock. 

This has never been more clear than it is with the handling of Tim Tebow

When Tebow arrived from Denver this past offseason, there was Rex Ryan talking about getting Tebow involved with the offense, while the QB famously made sure everyone knew he was "excited" to be there. 

In the embedded video, you can get a feel for Ryan's claims of plans to use Tebow prior to the season (the Tebow comments come after Ryan discusses losing the equivalent of a small person in weight). 

Well, here we are six weeks into the season and Tebow has barely seen the field as he has thrown just three passes and run 18 times. 

This lack of involvement has not stemmed from Rex Ryan being careful not to disrupt the rhythm of an offense that is rolling. The Jets have spent long stretches of this season looking like the most anemic offense in the league. 

In other words, this is an offense that has had weeks where they should be utilizing everything in their power to find a spark, and there they are, for the most part, keeping Tim Tebow on the bench. 

It is pretty clear that Rex Ryan and the Jets coaches do not put a lot of stock in Tebow's ability to help this team. 

There surely couldn't have been anything they've seen in Tebow's time here that made them change their stance since acquiring him—his faults were well documented. This drives to the conclusion that the coaching staff never had any desire to land Tebow in the first place. 

This directive to get Tebow likely came from higher up, probably owner Woody Johnson. And what better sign of an organization not being on the same page is there than this? 

The Jets have become a franchise that is desperately grasping for parts to try and salvage the promise of a team that, prior to last season, made the AFC Championship game two-straight years. 

This is no way to sustain a winning team. The Jets need to identify a clear direction and focus everything on trying to stay on that course.