Tim Tebow: A Failed Experiment for New York Jets

John Shea@real_johnsheaContributor IIIOctober 19, 2012

Tim Tebow doesn't need to play quarterback to have an impact on the Jets' offense.
Tim Tebow doesn't need to play quarterback to have an impact on the Jets' offense.Al Bello/Getty Images

The New York Jets (3-3) traded for Tim Tebow last offseason in attempt to boost a sputtering offense and provide a safety net for Mark Sanchez.

Turmoil and controversy ensued. It lingered throughout Jets' training camp and ESPN was there to capture every moment of a seeming ticking time bomb.

The Jets' eventual collapse is essentially inevitable in 2012.

Mark Sanchez and Co. head into New England this Sunday to clash with the Patriots (3-3), clinging to an imaginary lead in the AFC East, via divisional tiebreaker. That will almost surely change as New York will desperately attempt to stay afloat against their arch nemesis. The Jets are floundering at the .500 mark almost halfway through the season and have yet to actually defeat a quality football team.

Sanchez has struggled mightily, failing to complete 50 percent of his passes while managing a horrid 70.9 quarterback rating. But, despite his gleaming inconsistency, Mark Sanchez is the best quarterback on the Jets' roster. Those who chant for Tebow have been terribly misguided by the so-called "experts," such as ESPN's Skip Bayless.

Tim Tebow is not the solution for the New York Jets. Instead, he is at the root of the problem.

Tebow is a daunting distraction to the Jets' starting quarterback, regardless if Sanchez refuses to admit it. It's not that Tebow can't be a valuable component of a winning team though. In fact, it seems logical to believe that the Jets are actually under utilizing the 250-pound "quarterback."

New York prides itself on its ground and pound mentality, but Jets' running backs are averaging less than four yards per carry this season. They collectively average 3.8 yards on designed run plays, a number that ballooned in their Week 6 win over the Colts (2-3) when Shonn Greene exploded for 161 yards on the ground against a team that yields more than five yards per carry on defense. Greene had not surpassed 40 yards rushing in a game since Week 1.

Recent injuries to third-down back Bilal Powell and tailback Joe McKnight should give Tebow a legitimate chance to run the ball, but not from under center. Utilizing Tebow as a running back could improve the Jets' inadequate rush attack while also enabling the offense to disguise the wildcat package, potentially forcing it to be more successful. New York has been highly unsuccessful running the wildcat thus far this season, despite OC Tony Sparano's claim to be a wildcat genius.

Don't count on the Jets to use Tebow the way they should though. It's more likely that he'll remain absent from the field unless he's called upon to take another snap on a fake punt, or serve as an extra blocker in pass protection.

The Jets swore that Tebow would be efficiently utilized as an offensive playmaker and he simply hasn't been. The logic was that attaining a legitimate backup quarterback would ignite Sanchez.

Instead, it's had an opposite effect.

The Tim Tebow experiment has abruptly failed in New York, but it cannot be extinguished, or forgotten. It is proving to be the greatest publicity stunt in recent football history and the Jets are going nowhere fast, while Tebow stands on the sidelines.

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