Tim Tebow: Jets Have Nothing to Lose by Playing Backup QB vs. Titans

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 09:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets watches the action during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 9, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan needs to stop looking at Tim Tebow as only a wildcat quarterback and start giving him a look as a quarterback.

He has nothing to lose by doing so.

Mark Sanchez, whom Ryan has blindly put his faith in on a weekly basis, has led the Jets to a 6-7 record and a passing attack that ranks 30th in the NFL, averaging fewer than 190 passing yards per game

Now I know what the Tebow haters and Sanchez lovers are going to say: "But Rick, look at the weapons that Sanchez has had to work with all season long! Nobody could succeed when Jeremy Kerley is your most dangerous weapon on offense!"

That's a fair point—and it's even more of a reason for the Jets to put Tebow under center.

While it's true that Tebow has questionable mechanics, he can make plays with his legs.

The Jets know this as well as anyone, having failed to stop Tebow and the Denver Broncos from driving down the field and defeating the Jets last season.

Tebow is unquestionably New York's most explosive offensive player, yet he hardly ever plays. On the season, he has completed six-of-seven passes for 39 yards and carried the ball 29 times for 87 yards

With Tebow's cracked ribs healed enough that he will be able to play against the Titans, according to ESPN New York (via Twitter), now is the time to see if he can help the Jets win some football games.

According to Anthony Rieber of Newsday, Titans coach Mike Munchak isn't expecting to see much of the Wildcat, telling reporters: "We assumed even if they did some that it wouldn't be a big part of the plan."

That's even more of a reason to give Tebow a shot—Tennessee isn't expecting it.

Sanchez has regressed to the point where it's hard to imagine that he fills his teammates with any sense of confidence in the huddle or under center. Nobody on that team can honestly say that they'd believe Sanchez if he said "Jump on my back, guys. I've got this."

On the season, Sanchez is completing only 55 percent of his passes and has thrown more interceptions (13) than touchdowns (12).

The Jets know what they have in Mark Sanchez—they have no idea what they have in Tim Tebow.

Monday night is as good a time as any to find out.


My tweets have a higher completion percentage than Mark Sanchez.