Tim Tebow: Jets Must Start Controversial QB If Healthy

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 18: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets looks to pass the ball against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 18, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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After 12 dismal weeks of watching New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez play like a boy among men, the Jets have a window of opportunity to change their signal-caller.

Sanchez was yanked from Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals in favor of third-string QB Greg McElroy. Tim Tebow was inactive due to an injury sustained to his ribs.

While head coach Rex Ryan has yet to name his starting quarterback for the Jets matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, it's pretty obvious who should start for Gang Green in Week 14.

Tim Tebow.

You can say that he's not a good passer and that he doesn't belong under center, but from what Sanchez has shown this season, neither does he.

Playing at Jacksonville would be a homecoming for Tebow, who played his college football at Florida, a place where he won the Heisman Trophy and led the Gators to two BCS National Championships.

Only adding to the storyline is the fact that after it became imminent that Tebow's time in Denver was numbered—with the acquisition of Peyton Manning—the Jaguars were said to be one of the teams who wanted to sign Tebow.

But Tebow starting against Jacksonville isn't just about the homecoming and the success he's had in Florida. 

It's about the success Sanchez hasn't had in New York.

The Jets' fourth-year QB has been extremely unsuccessful in 2012, completing just 55 percent of his passes and throwing more interceptions (13) than touchdowns (12).

Sanchez also has seven fumbles this season and owns a passer rating of only 71.4.

And then there's the whole butt fumble thing against the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving night.

Perhaps Sanchez could be a more productive QB in a different system, but the fact is that he's not getting the job done in the Big Apple.

McElroy entered Sunday's game and threw a touchdown pass to a wide-open Jeff Cumberland, but he doesn't have the experience that Tebow possesses.

We all know what he did in Denver last season, and Tebow adds the extra dimension of a rushing attack when he is under center.

It's a small sample size (thanks to Rex Ryan), but Tebow has hit six-of-seven passes and has rushed for 87 yards this season in an embarrassingly limited role in New York.

At this point, the Jets season is basically a wash.

The damage Sanchez has done has made New York's playoff hopes bleak, and even if they somehow squeezed in, the odds of the Jets winning a playoff game are about as promising as the idea of Sanchez bringing a Super Bowl trophy to Gang Green.

I'm not saying that Tebow is the cure to all of the Jets problems, but he certainly brings the necessary energy and a winning mentality to the Jets and deserves the start in Week 14 at Jacksonville.


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