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Tim Tebow: Jets' Poor Usage of QB Sums Up Team's Recent Struggles

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets leaves the field after loss to San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky /Getty Images)
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Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2012

The New York Jets never had any idea what to do with Tim Tebow, or at least they never unveiled their master plan.

Either way, the polarizing quarterback was horribly misused. There's no reason to think that the Jets picked up Tebow for any reason other than the media hype and constant attention that accompanies him.

Whether you like Tebow or not, it's clear. The Jets mismanaged Tebow's role this season, and it completely sums up how the entire team acted throughout the year.

New York had no leadership. No one seemed to care about the appropriate things which led to a football team being replaced by a full-blown circus. 

This was a team without a plan from day one, or at least not a good one. Even if the framework existed for a solid team, Rex Ryan has no idea how to lead this group.

Bringing a guy like Tebow into this situation made no sense in the first place, but using him the way that the Jets did made even less sense.

It's not like Mark Sanchez was a superstar quarterback who needed a reliable backup to stabilize the depth chart. He has been average since 2010, and it didn't seem likely that he would take a major step forward this season.

It made sense that Tebow would earn, at least, some playing time in Tony Sparano's offense, considering Sparano's connection to the Wildcat offense. But it never happened, and the Jets never gave any reason as to why it didn't.

New York went on pretending like everything was all right with its team and with Tebow, but neither was OK. The Jets put on a guise like Tebow would actually play a role this season, but he didn't. They also acted like their team was all right throughout the season, even when it wasn't.

The Jets were a bad team, but it was also bigger than that. They had no plan this season, no guidance and no semblance of leadership. 

Bringing in Tebow suggested a plan, but even that never came to fruition. For anyone who followed the Jets this season, that shouldn't come as a surprise, though.

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