New York Jets

Tim Tebow: Starting Polarizing QB Is Pointless for New York Jets

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 09:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets and  Tim Tebow speak during the game at EverBank Field on December 9, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 18, 2012

There is no point in starting Tim Tebow at this juncture for the New York Jets.

After the wretched 14-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Monday, the 6-8 Jets have been eliminated from the playoff picture.

As if we needed any confirmation, Mark Sanchez showed on Monday night that he is not the franchise quarterback Rex Ryan hoped he could be.

He went 13-of-28 for 131 yards with one touchdown to four interceptions. He also fumbled the snap when the Jets were on the Titans' 25-yard line with a chance to win the game in the final minute.

The Jets should have started Tebow after the 28-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10. They were 3-6 at that point and they had lost three straight games. I rooted for them to start Tebow not because I thought he was a starting-caliber quarterback, but because I knew Sanchez wasn't.

Say what you want about Tebow's quarterbacking abilities, but he did provide a spark of energy for the Denver Broncos last season.

But it's beyond starting Tebow at this point. The Jets have unraveled as a team, whether it be the offense or the defense. The Jets allowed Chris Johnson to scamper for a 94-yard touchdown on Monday night, as well as committing 14 penalties for 111 yards.

The Jets obviously don't believe in Tebow. Either that, or they are desperately hoping Sanchez goes on an improbable run and lives up to the three-year extension they gave him in March.

In any case, starting Tebow now would only create more discord in the organization. That is the last thing the Jets need, and certainly the last thing Ryan needs.

The Jets made a mistake by putting faith in Sanchez and now they must live with it, at least for the final two games of the season. Nothing can change the fact that they've missed the playoffs two years in a row and throwing Tebow under center will only add fuel to the fire.

 

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