Tim Tebow: Dismal Jets Must Deactivate Backup QB to Quell Controversy

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent INovember 26, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22:   Tim Tebow #15 stands next to head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets late in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots on November 22, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 49-19.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets need to deactivate backup QB Tim Tebow, since their season is effectively over and the potential for controversy isn’t worth it anymore.

If the Jets are truly going to stick with starter Mark Sanchez next year, they need to give him a vote of confidence. The team must put Tebow on the shelf and give Sanchez a chance to put together a few nice games before the offseason, without having to look over his shoulder and answer questions about his backup.

While the Jets obviously need insurance in the unfortunate case that Sanchez is injured, they have Greg McElroy on the roster and could even sign a veteran off the street for a few weeks.

Considering Tebow is suffering from broken ribs, there is no point in leaving him active and forcing him into the game if he needs to assume signal-caller duties. It’s potentially dangerous to the player and detrimental to the team.

By deactivating him, the organization can preserve whatever trade value is left and attempt to move him somewhere that would appreciate his talents in the offseason. Tebow is also a distraction and source of division in the Jets locker room, even if he doesn’t wish for that to be the case.

The New York media market, coupled with Sanchez’s tendency to put together some truly awful performances, is too volatile a combination and is having a negative impact on the franchise. Many thought that the Jets never should have traded for the controversial signal-caller, and have been proven right thus far.

It’s a tenuous relationship at best and Gang Green needs to end it as soon as possible. There is no reason for Tebow to be lingering around with broken ribs. He should not suit up again in 2012.

Hopefully, the team brass realizes this sooner rather than later and shuts down the backup QB, ending this saga once and for all.