New York Jets

Tim Tebow Still Has a Window of Opportunity to Impact the Jets

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 11, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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John RozumCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2013

There remains a chance for Tim Tebow to have an impact on the New York Jets offense.

In an article by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg stated of the quarterback:

“We had a long discussion,” Mornhinweg said. “He’s got my thoughts on the situation and he has some thoughts as well. If he’s on this football team, which he is right now, then I would do it a certain way and try to utilize all of our players that can help us win a football game.”

If Tebow remains on the roster, Mornhinweg made it clear that he’ll be a quarterback.

“First of all, he would be taking reps at quarterback and then some of his other skills could certainly help a football team,” Mornhinweg said.

There is more competition, though, as the Jets acquired David Garrard per Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com earlier this week:

The New York Jets' ever-compelling quarterback club has a new member -- David Garrard.

The former longtime Jacksonville Jaguars starter, who hasn't played in two years, finalized a contract Monday with the Jets, the team announced.

Garrard is definitely the best option under center for the Jets.

He the most established and has displayed consistency at the helm throughout his more productive regular seasons. From 2007 through 2010 he connected on 61 touchdowns to only 41 interceptions and sported a 63 completion percentage.

Mark Sanchez on the other hand, has shown minimal develop since his first two seasons. At the time Rex Ryan's team fielded a much stronger defense and rushing attack, which allowed Sanchez to work safety off play-action and the defense would help by winning the field position battle.

As for Tebow, his versatility to the position will pay dividends if utilized properly.

He's obviously mobile and strong which does help when needing to target receivers downfield. That threat alone will press a defense back and assist in establishing the ground game.

Looking ahead to the 2013 season and does Tebow have any chance whatsoever to compete for the starting job?

Yes, but obviously only if he remains with the Jets.

Garrard may be more proven; however, the guy hasn't played since 2010 and is 35 years old. Sanchez struggled immensely in 2012 by throwing only 13 touchdowns to 18 picks and fumbling 14 times.

Certainly picking a quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft isn't a bad idea either. The downside is this class not featuring close to the amount the signal-caller talent of 2012.

Tie everything together and it's not the worst idea to give Tebow a chance to get under center.

The entire situation won't be fixed immediately anyway, and regardless of Garrard's impact his time is of the essence. Featuring Tebow in various situations are just to the Jets' advantage, because he has proven to impact when given an opportunity.

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