Why Do the New York Jets Absolutely Refuse to Turn to Tim Tebow?

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystOctober 28, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets completes drills 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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The New York Jets were demolished by the Miami Dolphins 30-9 in Week 8, and although the offense continues to sputter and the team now sits mired in last place in the AFC East, there's been no indication that the team has any intention of turning to its biggest offseason acquisition.

Quarterback Tim Tebow was once again virtually invisible in the loss, carrying the ball one time for two yards, and as Jimmy Wilson of the Dolphins pointed out to Robert Klemko of USA Today via The Shreveport Times, Tebow's curious role as personal protector on punts backfired on the Jets Sunday as well.

"They do a lot of tricks with Tim Tebow," Wilson said, "but we wanted to take advantage of Tebow when they were in the regular punt set. I knew that if Tebow blocked Jonathon Amaya, I would be wide open for the block, and that's how it happened."

There have been about 14 bajillion words written about Tim Tebow since his arrival in the Big Apple. Whether you love him or love to hate him, he's a very polarizing player, so it stands to reason that he would get a lot of "ink."

With that said, the Jets seem to have taken the stance of having no stance where Tim Tebow concerned, which begs what I think is a valid question.

If they weren't going to use him, then why did they trade for him in the first place?

Granted, no one is going to confuse Tebow with Joe Montana anytime soon, and I'm not going to sit here and say that Mark Sanchez is solely to blame for the Jets' offensive issues. Sanchez hasn't been Payton Manning, but he hasn't been Matt Cassel either.

Still, the Jets could use a spark on offense, and although I have no idea how he does it, it's hard to deny that Tebow seems to bring out the best in his teammates, as evidenced by last year's surprising playoff run with the Denver Broncos.

However, head coach Rex Ryan isn't having it, apparently. Although the crowd Sunday chanted for Tebow, Ryan is sticking behind his quarterback, according to Mike Vorkunov of The Newark Star-Ledger.

“I believe in Mark,” Ryan said. “I think Mark has proven that he can win in this league. I think he gives us our best chance to win. That’s my opinion, and that’s the one that matters.”

Yeah, because that's working out so well so far.

I'm not saying that inserting Tim Tebow will magically fix all the Jets' problems and transform them into AFC East contenders. However, it's plainly evident that the status quo isn't going to get the Jets anything other than an open calendar come playoff time.

So why not shake things up?