There's an old saying that desperate times call for desperate measures.
It's a saying that the New York Jets would be well served to heed on Thanksgiving night.
Granted, the Jets are coming off a win against the St. Louis Rams headed into their Thursday night showdown with the hated New England Patriots, but at 4-6 the Jets are still very much a team with one foot in the grave and another on a banana peel.
The team would likely have to win at least five of their last six games to have any shot at the playoffs, and although this year's Jets team hasn't shown any sign that they're capable of a run like the 2009 team went on (when they started 4-6, won five of their last six games, and made the AFC Championship Game). Head coach Rex Ryan feels like his team can make lightning strike twice, according to Jordan Garretson of the Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports:
"Right now, we're just swinging," Ryan said. "We're going to focus on our opponents, specifically, but anything we do, we're behind where we have to be. We can only focus on ourselves and just find a way to punch it. We earned where we are and we just have to find a way to punch our way out."
However, this is a team that needs to pull out all the stops, to go to the well, leave nothing on the table and every other cliche you can think of.
In short, it's Tebow Time!
Now, before anyone starts freaking out, I'm not necessarily saying that the Jets should start Tebow. That didn't work out too well for the Denver Broncos in the playoffs last year, and in fact it was how the Patriots defended Tebow that likely accelerated his departure from the Mile High City.
Well, that and that Manning dude.
With that said, though, the Jets won last week by going back to a "ground and pound" philosophy, banging away with the running game while Mark Sanchez attempted only 20 passes.
That's not a bad idea against the Patriots either, at least for as long as they can keep the game close. Trying to win a shootout with the Patriots is a recipe for failure. Controlling the time of possession while keeping Tom Brady off the field is not.
How Many Snaps Should Tim Tebow Play Against the Patriots?
So, in front of the home crowd, on national TV no less, why not give Tim Tebow his most extensive game action of the season?
Roll out the read-option. Roll out the Wildcat. Roll out something no one's even seen before. Pound the ball down New England's throats from any number of formations.
As great a head coach as Bill Belichick is, he sometimes struggles with in-game adjustments, and if the Jets can catch Belichick with his hoodie down then it just might give them the edge they need to pull the upset.
People have dismissed Tim Tebow as a "gimmick" player. Fine. The thing is, gimmicks occasionally work.
Maybe, just maybe, if the Jets actually give it a chance it can again, and fans of Gang Green will finally have something to be thankful for this season.
After all, what do they have to lose?