Tim Tebow: Jets QB Is Perfect Example of Intangibles Transcending Logic

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 23, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets throws the football before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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If stats or pure talent solely determined who would win the Super Bowl, then we would be able to predict the champion every season in the NFL.

But sports are about more than that—which is why Tim Tebow should start over Mark Sanchez for the New York Jets.

Despite Sanchez's struggles throughout the season (by my estimation, he's had two good outings through seven games), there is no doubt that he is still more talented than Tebow throwing the pigskin.

Then again, where has Sanchez's "leadership" gotten the Jets? The Jets (and Sanchez) actually appear to be regressing since making it to the AFC Championship Game in the 2010 season.

In the same breath, Tebow's leadership boosted the Denver Broncos to the playoffs last season.

There are certain things that simply cannot be explained by logic. We all knew Tebow was an awful pocket passer last season; then again, that didn't seem to matter after the Broncos shocked the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs.

Compounding the argument to start Tebow is the fact that, while Sanchez is a better pocket passer, he's not exactly head and shoulders above Tebow in the pocket. For his career, he's completed just 55 percent of his passes while averaging a mediocre 6.5 yards per attempt. He's thrown 64 touchdowns to 58 interceptions.

Many franchises would have moved on from Sanchez at this point, but this is the New York Jets, a team as bullheaded as they come, and that starts and ends with head coach Rex Ryan. They would rather lose every game with Sanchez than start Tebow.

But, after a tumultuous past couple of seasons, maybe Tebow is just what the Jets need, a leader who can unite a broken team. 

We all know about the hoopla in the locker room surrounding Sanchez last season (complete with receiver Santonio Holmes). This is exactly the kind of locker room that needs a positive influence to change the culture.

I'll be honest, I wasn't that thrilled about the Jets acquiring Tebow. But now that Sanchez still hasn't proven himself in his fourth year in the league, Tebow is essentially the Jets' last option under center this season. 

You can say that the Jets are still in the hunt for a playoff spot and with a 3-4 record, they are. But they face the Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams in the next three weeks (not exactly cupcake defenses). Then they face the New England Patriots again before a much improved Arizona Cardinals defense comes into town. 

The Jets don't need a ho-hum quarterback at this point. It's not doing them any good. 

What they need is a spark. Sure, that spark may sputter from time to time, but it's better than continuing in a state of mediocrity forever. It's better than being normal. Nobody wants to be normal.

As illogical as it seems to hand the reins over to Tebow, it's actually quite logical.

What's the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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