New York Jets: Tim Tebow Must Start at QB in NFL Next Season

Jim FlanneryAnalyst IMarch 22, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets sits on the bench during their season opener against the Buffalo Bills  at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Quarterback Tim Tebow has been living in limbo since being acquired by the New York Jets prior to the 2012 season.

Tebow spent much of the 2013 season watching from the sidelines, with brief appearances in the backfield and under center, but it was clear from the start of the season that he was not going to figure into Rex Ryan's offensive plans no matter how badly Mark Sanchez performed.

In fact, in limited action, Tebow was actually able to outperform Sanchez as a passer: Tebow's QB rating for the year was an unremarkable 84.9, but it was considerably better than the 66.9 Sanchez managed.

Admittedly, Tebow's numbers were only based on eight pass attempts in 12 games for a whopping 39 total yards, but at least his tiny number of snaps taken were moving the ball forward.

Sanchez, on the other hand, threw more interceptions than touchdowns and inexplicably still kept getting sent back onto the field.

When all is said and done, it's clear that Tebow will never find a true home in the Jets' circus and that means he needs another change of scenery.

In fact, the entire NFL needs Tebow to get moved somewhere. Tebow is undeniably one of the most talked-about, highest profile players in the league and anyone who generates buzz is good for the league as a whole.


While the Jets provided a whole sideshow regarding whether Tebow would even see the field on any given Sunday, the attention he garnered the year before as the face of the Denver Broncos' late season surge to the playoffs proved that the spotlight loves this guy.

A team like Jacksonville could surely make use of Tim Tebow. The tandem of Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne was among the NFL's worst passers last year and neither of them can run like Tebow when forced to scramble.

Add in the fact that a move to Jacksonville would be a homecoming for Florida's golden child and this becomes a no-brainer.

Tebow might not be any better than Gabbert showed last year, but he'll bring the team a level of attention that no one else can.

More press equals more fans, more merchandise sold and more money. At the end of the day, that's what the business of football is all about and Tim Tebow is very good for business.


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