Tim Tebow: Jets QB Doesn't Deserve Attention He's Gotten

Darin Pike@darinpikeContributor INovember 15, 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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There is a huge issue brewing in New York with a quarterback that isn't doing what is expected to help his team win games. His team was blown out last weekend and found a way to lose a tight game a few weeks back.

His team looked like one of the best in football only a few weeks ago. Now it is on a losing streak and there are questions surrounding making the playoffs.

The defending champions are struggling and their star quarterback who insists he's elite has been anything but the last four weeks.

So why is everyone talking about the backup quarterback for the other New York team instead of what is wrong with Eli Manning?

Tim Tebow is receiving reported anonymous scorn from his teammates, but Manning should be sending him a nice fruit basket for taking the spotlight away from his suspect play.

RT @espnnfl An anonymous @nyjets defensive starter told the New York Daily News that Tim Tebow is "terrible" » es.pn/ZtTPUG

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 14, 2012

The 3-6 New York Jets have been under-performing all season. They lost credibility as a legitimate playoff threat in their Week 7 loss to the New England Patriots and have gone 0-2 since that time.

Yet the media attention is on this failing team's backup quarterback instead of the leader of a team many believe should repeat as NFC Champions in 2012.

Since Manning helped guide the New York Giants to a commanding win over the San Francisco 49ers, he has thrown just one touchdown pass in four games. He has six interceptions in that period and his quarterback rating has been under 80 in all four games.

The New York and national media should be all over what is going on with the Giants. Instead, they are consumed with why the Jets' backup quarterback hasn't been given a chance to lead a team that lacks talent at almost every offensive position.

The argument for Tebow is that he helped lead the Broncos to the playoffs last season, so why not give him a chance, and the argument against him is he did so while not being an effective passer.

Fans who want more from the Jets and think that Tebow should be given a chance to perform are failing to recognize that he's given a chance to perform every day in practice. Coach Rex Ryan sees what he has to offer on the practice field.

The Jets aren't impressed. Neither were the Broncos.

John Elway was tactful, but he basically told Lindsay H. Jones of the USA TODAY that Tebow isn't the quarterback to lead a team.

I believe that there are Tebow fans, and there are Broncos fans. My responsibility is to the Broncos fans, and my responsibility is to (owner) Pat Bowlen and what he wants to do, and that's win championships. 

Mark Sanchez isn't playing well right now. That is something most everyone can agree with. The Jets would have very little to lose by putting Tebow in as a starting quarterback instead of utilizing him as a distraction.

But until Tebow actually produces something on the field of play, the attention being given to his "plight" in New York is simply misguided.

The real story in New York is about why Manning isn't producing. Too bad there is nobody available to cover it.


Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.


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