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Tim Tebow: Enigmatic QB Should Be Jets Starter in Week 11

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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Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 12, 2012

Free Tim Tebow.

Maybe not so fast. After yet another dismal performance from Mark Sanchez during the New York Jets' 28-7 loss against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, head coach Rex Ryan once again backed up his quarterback (via NFL.com's Adam Schein):

Rex sticking with Sanchez. We will react next. Sizzling Postgame on #SNY. #snyjets

— Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) November 12, 2012

So, um, what exactly is it going to take? 

Yes, playing in Seattle against a stout Seahawks defense is far from the simplest of tasks, but Sanchez completed just 9-of-22 passes for 124 yards. He was sacked three times and turned the ball over twice.

He made throws like this:

People laughed (mostly because they were delirious from the anger). People cried (mostly because of the anger). People cursed (mostly because of the laughing and crying).

Basically, it was just a normal game for the Sanchize, who coincidentally enough has the least-deserving nickname in the history of sports. 

On the season, he has now completed just 52 percent of his throws for 1,860 yards (206.67 per game), 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He's accomplished some impressive feats (via ESPN Stats & Info):

Tebow time? Mark Sanchez has NFL-high 5 games this season in which he's failed to complete 50% of his passes(min. 10 att/game)

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 12, 2012

And he's going to keep starting.

So, um, what exactly is it going to take?

Sanchez is clearly not the future quarterback of the New York Jets. Now that this season is all but over (the Jets are 3-6 are pretty much out of contention in the AFC East thanks to a slew of important injures and, well, Sanchez), why not take a look at the younger players? 

That includes the 25-year-old Tebow, who is still as hard to figure out as a Rubik's Cube. 

What exactly is the downfall to giving Tebow a seven-game audition to prove himself? In fact, I wouldn't even mind giving him five games and Greg McElroy two.

It has nothing to do with the talent of the players involved. It has to do with evaluating talent during an ideal situation. 

People may be quick to note that the most enigmatic QB in the league hasn't really set the gridiron on fire this season, but that also has to due with the fact that the Jets are using him wrong.

Take former quarterback Rich Gannon's take, for example (via NFL on CBS' Twitter account):

"Either play the guy or don't play him at all. Let him get his reps," says @richgannon12 on Tim Tebow. #NYJvsSEA

NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) November 11, 2012

The Jets have found ways to get Tebow into games, but because he's essentially involved in less than five plays per contest, teams pretty know what's coming when he steps under center.

Right now, he's a short-yardage back and nothing more.

Instead, let him play the whole game. Put him in the backfield with an actual running back. Mix things up and at least make an attempt at ending the predictable offense. 

I'm not going to sit here and go all Skip-Baylessian on you. I'm not going to tell you that Tim Tebow would win seven straight games for the Jets and lead them to the playoffs. I'm not going to tell you he's suddenly going to learn how to be accurate.

But guess what? Mark Sanchez isn't accurate, either. 

Tebow may bring along his inconsistencies, but his ability to run and open up the defense with his legs at least gives New York an intriguing dimension that Sanchez doesn't.

Beggars can't be choosers. Release the Tebow. 

 

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