Shonn Greene Is Correct in Wanting Tim Tebow to Start for Jets

Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 14, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets looks to pass 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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At least the guy who would be sharing the same backfield wants Tim Tebow to start.

UPDATE: Thursday, November 15 at 8:54 a.m. ET

Shonn Greene now reportedly did not say he wanted a QB change, according to NFL's Steve Wyche.

A source close to New York Jets running back Shonn Greene, who spoke with Greene overnight, said the running back was not advocating for a quarterback change in remarks he made to Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday.

ESPN's Rich Cimini went on to report: 

Greene, cont:"I said, 'We're 3-6 + something has to change.' At no time did I say we have to change QBs or Tebow is terrible or any of that"

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) November 15, 2012

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New York Jets running back Shonn Greene made it clear that some changes are needed to head coach Rex Ryan's offense (via Michael Silver, Yahoo! Sports):

Something's got to change. When you get to the point where you're 3-6, and losing and losing, a couple of guys are like, 'Oh, what would happen (if Tebow played)?' But guys at the same time have faith in Mark, so it's kind of an up-and-down thing.

You feel bad for Mark, but at the same time you want to win games. We're not here to protect people's feelings. If you want to win games, you've got to try something. If somebody's not getting the job done, you see if somebody else can do it. It's the same with coaching, or any position. You don't mean to belittle someone or say 'he sucks.' That's just the harsh reality.

Greene's comments, of course, aren't unanimous when it comes to the entire Jets team. Earlier this week, the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta released a story expressing just how content multiple players are with quarterback Mark Sanchez

One of the players making that known was left guard Matt Slauson:

It’s not even close. All the other quarterbacks know it. I have all the confidence in Mark. We don’t really have a choice.

We have Greg . . . and we have an athlete.

The other sources, who were anonymous, expressed similar views in how little the enigmatic Tebow would help.

So who's right?

In a word, or a name, or a color: Greene. 

Mark Sanchez is not the answer for the New York Jets. He's done just fine proving that with his 52.0 percent completion percentage, 6.33 yards per attempt and nine interceptions to 10 touchdowns.

If the jury wasn't sold on the 26-year-old, then the Jets would have cause to keep him under center. But he's in his fourth season. He's been mediocre at best all four years. You know what you're getting when he's under center. The Sanchize is clearly not the franchise (sorry). 

So, now that the Jets are 3-6 and essentially out of the playoff race, they might as well see what they've got with Tebow, who hasn't had a chance to display his unique skill set in New York without, you know, running the same short-yardage play into a bunch of linemen three times in a row. 

Matt Slauson is right. Tim Tebow isn't going to throw the ball any better than Mark Sanchez. But Shonn Greene is also right. This is a business, and Sanchez isn't winning games. A change is needed—no matter how much money Sanchez is making—and there's no question that Tebow brings a change of style of energy. 

The Jets are losing with Sanchez and have nothing to lose with Tebow or Greg McElroy. As Tupac would say, it's time to start making changes.