Tim Tebow: Trading Backup QB Makes No Sense for Jets

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIOctober 29, 2012

Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) walks off the field after his game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLIfe Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 30-9.  Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

With the NFL trade deadline looming, speculation has started that the New York Jets will get rid of backup quarterback Tim Tebow, but this would be an extremely misguided decision.

The original deadline was set for Tuesday but has been pushed back due to Hurricane Sandy, as noted by NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal

The New York Post’s Manish Mehta did his best to put any talk of trading Tebow to bed, but despite his efforts, it is a safe bet that trade chatter surrounding the popular passer will persist through Thursday. 

Jets have no plans to trade Tim Tebow before trade deadline, per sources. Rex wants to use him more on offense. Story: tinyurl.com/8mrxd25

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) October 28, 2012

Mehta also notes that that head coach Rex Ryan has plans to get Tebow more involved in the team’s offense but does not see any opportunity for him to start over Mark Sanchez.

In a nutshell, Rex Ryan says he'll try to find ways to use Tebow more, but Sanchez remains Jets' starting QB: tinyurl.com/9orrw9d #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) October 29, 2012

Regardless of the Jets plans for Tebow this season, Ryan is making the right decision by holding on to him.

As supportive as the coaching staff has been of Sanchez, there is no denying that the fourth-year QB has struggled. He is completing just 52.9 percent of his passes and has a quarterback rating of 72.8.

New York has invested a significant amount in Sanchez, and benching him would be catastrophic for his confidence and relationship with the team. This is not a decision the coaches should make lightly, but it is a reality they may have to face.

Sanchez has not shown significant improvement throughout his career, and this season has not changed this trend. At a certain point, it will be time to move on, and the team has already acquired a quarterback with a winning record for the low price of a fourth and a sixth-Round pick.

Even though Tebow found success in an unorthodox way, he still went 8-5 as a starter last season. While his playing style has spurred furious debate, few backup quarterbacks in the NFL have enjoyed as much success.

If the Jets could get significantly more for Tebow than they gave up for him, this might provide motivation to make a deal. But after keeping him on the bench the entire season, this is an extremely unlikely scenario.

 The Jets have a backup quarterback who has proven that he can win games and do not have a clear benefit for trading him. Do not expect Tebow to be traded this season, as it simply makes no sense at all for the Jets to make this move.