There are certain games on the schedule where using Tim Tebow more than usual would be beneficial for the New York Jets. This week's contest against the Miami Dolphins is most assuredly not one of them.
After constant wondering and speculation about what Tebow's role with the Jets would be prior to the season, it is safe to say that Rex Ryan wants to use him as nothing more than a running quarterback who can fight for a few yards here and there.
We have seven weeks of evidence that prove Tebow's job is going to be incredibly limited. He has thrown the ball just three times, completing two passes, and added 76 yards on 22 carries. He has yet to find the end zone through the air or on the ground.
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Even as talk about a potential Tebow trade starts to pick up some steam, he is doing all he can to prepare for this week and this moment against the Dolphins. Perhaps it will be the start of bigger things for him as a member of Gang Green.
However, looking at what the Dolphins do well, and what Tebow doesn't do, this is a bad matchup for him to get a lot of action.
If you recall, the last time Tebow and the Dolphins met was the start of Tebowmania in the NFL. The Broncos were trailing 15-0 late in the fourth quarter before storming back with 15 points to tie the game, eventually winning with a field goal in overtime.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post was writing stories about how Tebow was able to make the impossible seem possible:
Given the quick-striking nature of NFL offenses, it's hard to believe such a comeback had never happened before. But, for reasons that cannot be supported with hard documentation, there's something about Tebow that makes nothing hard to believe.
Now, there are no happy stories being written. Only tales of the ineptitude of Mark Sanchez, and Tebow's failure to take advantage of limited exposure.
But unlike that first matchup with the Dolphins, this is a game that does not favor Tebow's strengths in any way, shape or form.
We know that Tebow can't throw, so the fact that the Dolphins have the 28th-ranked pass defense means nothing.
Tebow can run, but the Dolphins boast the fourth-best run defense in the NFL this season. Couple that with the fact that the Jets have an offensive line that has allowed 15 sacks and struggles to open holes in the running game, and you have a problem with no easy solution.
Sanchez has had his problems this year, sure. But no one can deny that he is the best passer on the Jets roster right now. He had a strong game against New England last week, throwing for 328 yards with a completion percentage of 68.3, so the team needs to ride his arm against a weak pass defense in order to win this game.
Tebow's presence, not to mention the constant camera shots that CBS will provide, should have no bearing on how Ryan decides to run his offense in this game.
Now is not the time to try and utilize a weapon when the matchup is not very good. Tebow's time will come against a team with a bad run defense, like Arizona in Week 13, but not right now.