Tim Tebow: Breaking Down Winning Attributes That Make Jets QB a Worthy Starter

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 13, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 11, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets are content to let the ship sink with Mark Sanchez at the wheel, and no one, including myself, is quite sure why. According to Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Sanchez gives the team the best chance to win. 


Sanchez is 3-6 as the starter this season. The Jets have lost three in a row and five of their last six overall. Sanchez is completing 52 percent of his passes this season and has just 10 touchdowns to nine interceptions.

Clearly Sanchez isn't putting New York in the best position to win in 2012. Therefore, it's only a matter of time before Ryan's patience runs out. 

Here we break down the winning attributes that make Tim Tebow worthy of being named the Jets' starter. 


The Spark

Not many quarterbacks in the NFL can inspire an entire 53-man roster the way Tim Tebow can. Say what you want about his throwing mechanics and his decision-making skills, but there's no denying that the third-year field general gets the most out of his teammates. 

Although the Tebow haters try to downplay the spark he provides, it's without question the most important winning attribute he possesses. Just take a look at Tebow's memorable postgame speech after Florida's home loss to Ole Miss in 2008.

Of course, the Gators would go on to win the rest of their games that year and beat Oklahoma in the BCS National Championship Game. Thus, the legend of Tebow was born.

Whether he's getting his players jacked up with a pregame speech or taking on a linebacker head on to ignite the sideline, Tebow rarely fails to provide a spark.



What is Tim Tebow that Mark Sanchez isn't? 


The Jets backup quarterback can do much more than just drop back and pass, evidenced by New York playing him at fullback and tight end this season.

But Tebow is most versatile when he's playing under center. When things break down in the pocket, Tebow can break a big run thanks to his ability to escape and shed tacklers. And if nothing else, he can at least turn the negative into a positive. Unfortunately for Jets fans, the same can't be said about the limited Sanchez. 

Sure, Tebow doesn't boast the speed of a Robert Griffin III or Cam Newton, but he is every bit as elusive and tough to bring down.

Tebow averaged 5.4 yards per carry last season with the Denver Broncos and scored 18 total touchdowns, six of which came on the ground. Few signal-callers in the league can beat you in as many ways as Tebow, and that's why he is a winner through and through.


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