Tim Tebow: Jets Must Start Polarizing QB to Silence Distractions

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IINovember 1, 2012

Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) fakes a handoff to New York Jets running back Jonathan Grimes (21) during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Jets have no interest in trading polarizing quarterback Tim Tebow, according to NFL.com’s Albert Breer.

They also have no interest in starting him at quarterback despite the hefty struggles of third-year starter Mark Sanchez. “Sanchize” has been less than impressive during most of his NFL career but has really stood out in a negative light this season due to a decline in the defense and injuries on both sides of the ball.

More has fallen on his shoulders and he hasn’t been able to carry the burden effectively for his teammates. He’s buckled under that pressure to this point, posting a QB rating of just 72.8. That’s 30th in the NFL with only Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel and John Skelton below him.

Not the best company to be in as an NFL quarterback this season.

His biggest struggles have come in completion percentage. Sanchez ranks dead last in the league—by far—with a 52.9 percent mark in that department. Yes, that’s worse than every rookie quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, Matt Cassel, John Skelton and Kevin Kolb.

It’s worse than everyone.

Even with all of that in mind, the Jets remain committed to Sanchez as the team’s starting quarterback. Rex Ryan said Sanchez gives the team its best chance to win, according to a report by Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.

Is Rex Ryan watching game film or properly evaluating the situation? Or, is he being stubborn in the face of the surmounting pressure from outside the organization to make any type of move to try to turn things around this season?

Outspoken ESPN commentator Skip Bayless said Ryan’s decision is wrong and thinks that he is in fact being stubborn in sticking with Sanchez. He also added that keeping Sanchez may even end up costing Ryan his job.

Whether you believe in Tebow or not, the cries for him to get a chance to spark some life into the Jets’ offense are not going to go away. The Jets had a chance to get rid of him at the NFL trade deadline Thursday, but failed to take advantage of that opportunity.

All Tebow is doing is creating distractions on a team that quite frankly should have never traded for him in the first place.

Start the guy and give him a chance to prove Sanchez is the better option. If he isn't good enough to turn the tide in New York, then they can focus their efforts on building their offense around Sanchez in the offseason or starting over again.

Right now, it's a no-win situation for everyone involved as long as Tebow continues to sit on the bench and the Jets continue to lose football games.