Tim Tebow: QB Change for Jets Would Shift Season from Bad to Worse

Dan Wilkins@@DanWilkinsNFLCorrespondent IINovember 12, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21:  Mark Sanchez #6 and Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets high five each other during warm ups prior to the game against the New England Patriots on October 21, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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With the New York Jets looking for answers amidst a 3-6 start to the 2012 NFL season, many have and will call for Tim Tebow to take over the reins on offense.

Despite pressure from fans, which is certain to increase if the Jets continue as they have, the team is still right to stick with Mark Sanchez. Making a change at QB now would turn a bad season much worse.

While Sanchez has not played well by any stretch, there is something to be said for the talent around him. The Jets are extremely weak at both receiver and running back, neither of which are providing much to help Sanchez in the passing game.

Yes, a quarterback is supposed to elevate the play of those around him. No, Mark Sanchez is not doing that. However, any assumption that the Jets will get more from Tim Tebow in this offense is unfounded.

Should Tim Tebow take over the Jets' offense, the scheme, game plan, and play-calling would all certainly be altered to better fit his abilities. The tolls that would take on the offense as a whole are one thing, but not even the primary concern.

The offense that Tebow is capable of running, featuring the option read, is not one that can be consistently successful in the NFL.

As a reason for change, many will point to the added punch he would bring to the "Ground and Pound" game that the Jets so badly want and need to employ. Despite the assumption, it is not necessarily true. 

Granted, Tebow did have some success in the win column last year, running that very offense in Denver. However, the success of that offense should be considered similar to that of the wildcat. There is a reason the wildcat is sparingly used in the NFL anymore, even after its storied success in Miami.

At a certain point, NFL teams start to catch up to these gimmick offenses, and we saw just that in the Broncos' stretch run last season. Horrendous, turnover-filled games against the Lions and Bills were just two examples of teams, albeit with not great defenses, easily solving a rare but basic offense.

Some will point to the upset victory over the Steelers in the playoffs as what Tebow is capable of. As impressive and exciting as that game was, one would have to believe that had the Steelers not been missing several key players on defense, the final result would have been much different.

As we know, the very next week, a Patriots defense that was one of the NFL's worst held the Tebow offense in check throughout.

There is a reason that John Elway was in search of another quarterback throughout this offseason, as the offense that Tebow is capable of running at this point in his career is not one that is going to be successful in the NFL.

If there is anybody that knows this, and knows it well, it's Rex Ryan. Having always been a defensive coach, and having coached against the Tebow-led Broncos, he is likely well aware of that kind of offense's deficiencies.

Despite Sanchez's struggles, that could very well be a primary that reason Rex has not made a quarterback change yet. If it remains up to him, he likely won't. That is, if it remains up to him.

The wild card in this debate is the Jets' front office. Many, including legendary Jets quarterback Joe Namath, saw Tebow's offseason acquisition as a publicity stunt.

When the Jets are officially eliminated from playoff contention, management could very well step in and force the coaching staff to play Tebow to garner some interest. Although it would not surprise many, they really shouldn't. Making a move for that reason would not go over well with the players or coaches to say the least. 

If the Jets decide in the offseason that Mark Sanchez is not the answer, and they want to move in a different direction, they should definitely make a move and bring in a quarterback.

However, for the time being, they should be riding out the season with Sanchez. He was supposed to be their franchise quarterback, has been a part of two AFC Championship appearances, and right now, gives the Jets the best chance to win.

The offense that Tim Tebow is capable of running as a quarterback has been figured out by defenses around the league, and they would certainly be prepared for it. Right now, a change at quarterback would make the Jets' already bad season much worse.