Well, that first part isn't exactly true. Against the Tennessee Titans on Monday night, the enigmatic quarterback was actually given a full series, along with his usual runs on third- or fourth-and-shorts.
He responded by attempting an incomplete pass and running for 15 yards on three carries.
It certainly wasn't an ideal performance in a (very) mini audition, but as ESPN's Skip Bayless points out, it wasn't exactly a fair audition, either:
1st time all yr, Rex gives Tebow an entire series. But they don't let him throw off option fake, Titans all over him. No idea how to use him— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) December 18, 2012
Now, believe me. Normally, whenever Bayless talks, or screams or makes noises or does whatever he does, I'd rather poke my ears with forks than listen, but he actually has a fair point here. For proof, here's a similar argument from Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter:
That series was not on Tebow. All on Sparano. I mean, at least give the dude a fair chance.— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) December 18, 2012
Tebow isn't a pocket passer. That much is painfully clear.
I'm not even going to sit here and tell you he's as good as he was cracked up to be in Denver.
But what's undeniable is the fact that Tebow is unique. He may have the accuracy of Shane Falco in the Sugar Bowl, but he's basically a running back. He can beat opponents with his legs and really spread out the defense if he's put in the right position.
He gives an offense a new dynamic that defenses have to account for.
What Tebow brings doesn't always work perfectly, but if what's already in place clearly isn't working, why not at least getting something new in there?
Tim Tebow represents new, which is exactly what the Jets needed.
Yet, as Mark Sanchez completed more passes to the grass and to the Titans than he did to his teammates—13-of-28, 131 yards, one touchdown, four interceptions, one elimination of his team from the playoff race in embarrassing fashion—Rex Ryan and Co. refused to make a switch.
You might be saying, "Well, the Jets didn't want to make a quarterback switch while the playoffs were still an option," but that sure didn't stop them from giving Greg McElroy a look a few weeks ago.
But with McElroy inactive and Sanchez—somehow, someway—outdoing himself in a negative fashion with the playoffs on the line, the Jets still didn't give Tebow a real look.
It's safe to say his time, along with that of probably a whole lot of other people, in New York is over.