New York has struggled all season, compiling just a 4-7 record and creating a media circus that surrounds Tebow and QB Mark Sanchez. The current state of the Jets team is one without a true identity.
New York ranks just 28th in passing yards and has scored 10 points or fewer on four different occasions. Sanchez has failed to develop into the franchise player that GM Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan hoped they drafted, posting the lowest completion percentage of any starting QB this season.
The Jets have been floundering for two seasons now, having won just eight games last year. Bringing in Tebow was supposed to be a sign of change—a commitment to diversifying the offense and trying to do whatever it took to keep defenses off balance.
New York knew the risks associated with bringing him in. Tebow draws in more media attention than any other player in the league. His placement on the depth chart created an immediate controversy between him and Sanchez.
However, the risk was supposed to be worth it because Ryan and the Jets were going to have "Tebow-centric packages" that would confuse defenses and utilize the dual-threat ability he showcased with the Denver Broncos.
The problem is that Ryan never committed to those packages, and Tebow's small involvement within the offense has become more and more of an afterthought as the season wears on. Tebow has just six completions for 39 yards and 29 rushes for 87 yards.
Not exactly the stat sheet of a difference-maker.
Tebow may not be the future of the Jets franchise, and he is certainly not the best QB in the league, but the way in which New York has neglected him even in the face of Sanchez's immense struggles this season has been laughable.
Ryan refuses to realize that Sanchez cannot lead this team to the Promised Land and has supported his QB to a fault.
There is constant discontent in the locker room, and New York has no semblance of chemistry. Where is the team that went to back-to-back AFC title games?
It has been replaced with a unit that has no direction or purpose.
Seeing Tebow on the inactive list, generating more buzz than anything the Jets on-field product could possibly deliver this week, is just the latest sign that the brain trust must go.