Hey Rex Ryan, If You're Going to Use Tim Tebow, Use Him Right

Lou RomContributor IDecember 17, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17:   Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets is sacked by Zach Brown #55 of the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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In the wrong hands a Wiffle bat can be deadly; just ask Eric Cartman.

In the right hands, a strong, determined quarterback/halfback can be, too.

Sadly, Tim Tebow's season was thrust into the hands of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, who never really wanted him around.

Tebow is not win-12-games dangerous. He's not throw 30-touchdown-passes or gain-4,000-yards dangerous.

But he is, still, despite Rex Ryan's short memory, mix-things-up dangerous. Monkey wrench dangerous. Keep-you-guessing dangerous.

Opposing offenses, under Ryan's myopic offensive genius, have been left to guess how long it will take Mark Sanchez to melt down. Or, better yet, how long will it take him to direct a scoring drive that is not gifted to him via a turnover at the opponent's 35-yard line.

How big a game must you see your Sanchize quarterback fail in before you turn to your No. 2 or No. 3 option, Rex?

How many butt-tackles must you see? How many picks, fumbles, idiotic throws must you see? 

Say what you want about Tebow's mechanics, about his accuracy, about his overall quarterbacking skills.

But the bottom line is that your guy, Sanchez, ranks in the bottom of nearly every major quarterbacking category in the league and takes away (interceptions) from your team as much as he gives (touchdown passes).

Meanwhile, you have a guy on the bench who had twice as many touchdown passes last year as interceptions and protects the ball much better than your guy.

It's time to give your guy on the bench, Tebow, a chance to impact the game. Maybe you don't want to start him. I get it. I disagree, but I get it. 

But let him manage a series. Let the guy roll out for the love of God. Let the guy put the defense off-balance.

Use him the way you told us all you would use him back in March. Use him the way your team—general manager, owner, who knows—promised him he would be used.

Let him line up behind Sanchez in the backfield a la Kordell Stewart. Put him in at tight end if you want. Give him three straight carries up the middle and see if he can outgain Shonn Greene.

Give him a chance to earn his keep, give him a chance to help you win. Hell,  just give him a chance.

Sure, he completed only 46 percent of his passes last year, compared to Sanchez's 52 percent this year. 

But Tebow, when rolling out last year, was dangerous.

He was 7-4 dangerous. How about 12 touchdown passes to six interceptions dangerous? Not to mention six rushing touchdowns dangerous.

Use him right and you will reap the rewards.