By Matt Fitzgerald
After the New York Jets fell to 3-5 on Sunday, backup quarterback Tim Tebow must be more prominently involved in the offense for the team to hold onto any hope at the postseason.
In a 30-9 blowout loss at home to the Miami Dolphins in Week 8, it was pretty clear that Mark Sanchez and the Jets’ passing game is either too shorthanded or too inept to keep the offense respectable.
How should the Jets utilize Tim Tebow for the rest of the 2012 season?
Give him more snaps at QB
Line him up at running back
Start him at QB
Continue using him with the same frequency
Total votes: 444
The reemergence of Shonn Greene at running back in the past three weeks has helped the cause. But the Jets were put into obvious passing situations on Sunday that led to Sanchez whipping 54 passes on the day.
Here’s the most interesting aspect of what’s happening with the Jets: Sanchez is the least accurate starting quarterback in the NFL, which is exactly what the case would be with Tebow under center.
Now that the Jets are officially in the cellar of the AFC East, it may not be a bad idea for a change of pace at QB. After all, the clamoring for Tebow this time around has substance because of Sanchez’s own accuracy issues and how Tebow would change the game plan.
The big difference that Tebow would bring to the lineup would be his mobility, something that Sanchez simply doesn’t have.
In the team’s most impressive victory over the now 4-3 Indianapolis Colts, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano kept the ball on the ground and the Jets rolled up 252 yards rushing that afternoon. Sanchez threw for just 82 yards in a very conservative game plan, so who is to say Tebow couldn’t complete very simple passes, with the occasional deep shot?
A healthier dose of Tebow—whether he starts or not—would add another element to the obvious potential of the Jets’ running game.
Head coach Rex Ryan is obviously known for his defense, but he also wants to see the offense be a run-first attack. Without top receiver Santonio Holmes and shutdown corner Darrelle Revis, both units are suffering significantly. The defense must be kept off the field for as long as possible because of the holes they have, and the best way to accomplish that would be continued reliance on the run.
Not only would more run plays be called with Tebow in the game—again, starting or not starting—but it would also add a surprise element to the passing game that can’t be replicated by Sanchez. What may look like an obvious passing situation can be changed because of Tebow’s legs.
It’s always easy to use the starting quarterback as a punching bag when a team is struggling, and it’s especially convenient in such a volatile media environment as New York.
Amid the team’s struggles against the Dolphins, though, the home crowd let the Jets know who it wanted to see (via NFL CBS):
Well it has happened according to some divine plan. The only savior for the season is Tebow. Christians go to church, Muslims to the mosque, and Jews put on your prayer shawls. Pray that Rex and Tony have a change of heart. Time to ratchet up the public pressure, all writers need to get on board – including you Klein… And Will it’s time to convert. IT IS TEBOW TIME.
Use him, Sanchez is one of the two worst non Rookie QBs in the NFL, Tebow can’t be worse. The fans want to see Tebow, not some overpaid box of failure.
It wasn’t Tebow’s man that went unblocked. Look at the replay. It was the center #46.
They should say two words to the genious T. Sporano: YOU’RE FIRED!
The starting QB chants are apparently growing. Thank God I’m not a Jet fan… Seriously, my condolences to all of you.
Comments from Tim Tebow replacing Mark Sanchez would be a cosmetic change for NY Jets, whose problems run deeper than quarterback
Angelo Piccone36 minutes ago
Ryan-Tannenbaum can’t trot out Tebow as QB since they fear he’ll bring both the team and the fans back to life and create a real NY-sized dilemma, especially after all the nonsense about Sanchez giving them “the best chance to win”. Ryan will appear a bigger fool than he already is. It’s so obvious — bring Tebow in for a few plays designed to accomplish absolutely nothing thus building an association of mediocrity for Tebow. This is designed to pre-empt the chanting while praying Sanchez actually improves. This “strategy” was doomed from the start since Sanchez, plus a severe shortage of real offensive talent, remains what he’s been from the start — a skittish QB of only modest ability. Acquiring Tebow is on course to be remembered as a monument to the inept and incredibly incompetent management of the future of this franchise.
jimsha47 minutes ago
“Happy” sanchez has to start acting like losing matters. His post game press conferences have become an enbarrassment to himself, and the organization. Oh and a real screw you to the fan base. Happy Sanchez has become as delusional as a QB can become, and thats why things will not improve until he has been replaced-by anyone! Yes, I get it, he is not the only problem, (see coaches), but his “oh well, we will look at the tape and get better” garbage is getting old, and losing mentality has taken root and will bring the whole team down. Please Woody do the right thing for us fans and get this joke out of there so we can start looking forward to next year
Dr Gonzo31 minutes ago
Sanchez needs to be yanked based on ineptitude. Those currently running the team can’t do it because they went all in on him. If the owner does not clean house, nothing will change.
TheThinker57 minutes ago
As miserable as Sanchez looks, for Ryan to keep publicly stating that Sanchez is their best chance to win, is not a statement of praise to Sanchez. It is a severe and thinly veiled insult of Tebow. Regardless of Tebow’s talent level, this is poor behavior on the part of the Jets. I give Tebow a lot of credit for his self control in a messy situation he was thrown into and didn’t ask for.
George5 hours ago
When a team drafts a QB that is expected to lead them to the playoffs, like Sanchez, and it doesn’t work out, it sets them back 5 years. That’s where the Jets are, and Tebow is a novelty, not an answer. They need to release both QB’s, draft a good prospect, and start over. Like it or not, a team’s record says who they are. The Jets are just plain bad, and “moral victories” like the one against the Patriots only help to further the delusion that somehow they are better than their record. They’e not.
bbrb6 hours ago
And what is wrong with a cosmetic change?! At least it would add excitement, and uncertainty and give us a reason to freeze our arses off at the Meadowlands in the coming months. Season is lost. What we need to make the remainder of the season enjoyable is a change. Keepin Sanchez ain’t getting us to the Superbowl. So why cannot we enjoy the rest of the season and see what magic Tebow may have. And if he sucks, then go with McElroy. We are paying money. Give us something to watch and root for for chris’ sakes!!!! Seasons half way over already!
jimsha23 minutes ago
why replace sanchez? Because of his skillset? No, it is actually pretty decent. His Football IQ? No, although it is very,very low. So, why replace him? Because he has developed a losing mentality that is pervading the entire team. Look at his press conferences at each lose. That is why I call him “Happy” Sanchez! One would actually think, if they didn’t see the game or know the score, that the Jets had actually WON the game. He made the statement a couple of times that he was having “FUN out there today”. Is this guy for real!!! Delusional at best but mostly insane. Woody needs to step in and make the change so us fans can start looking toward next year.
Dr Gonzo21 minutes ago
Oh please. Sanchez has poor fundamentals and the post-game comments are the least of the problem. It’s time he is benched based on his on the field performance.
chimpydork7 hours ago
Six weeks ago (check my posts)
I told you ponks that we would install the read option over the bye week
and Tebow time would commence in Seattle.
I told ya’ll to take it to the bank. Hope you were listening.
Ladies and gentlemen – it’s TEBOW TIME!!!!!!!!!
Cali Football Fan 44987 hours ago
For all the New York Jets fans and critics that still believe Tim Tebow is not the guy to play, PLEASE LET HIM GO!!! I get it, Mark is your guy. If you don’t want Tim Tebow, then stop handcuffing him to the bench. If you don’t like his passing mechanics then trade him! If you are tired of the media circus, then please call the Jets home office and ask them to get him off the team. I would much rather watch another team at least give him a chance to try and prove himself then to see him sit on the bench and be criticized by everyone and their opinions that mean nothing other than how much they think he can’t play in the NFL after watching only one play at best per quarter !?! Give me a break, if you dislike him that much, then stop complaining and trade him! And don’t worry about what he can or can not do in the NFL, if he’s not on your team anymore then why would you care? Unless maybe you think he would succeed…..
FatRex8 hours ago
Fire Shotty!!!! oh wait they already did. Don’t worry everyone just wait. There have been so many people on this site saying “just wait, this will be Sanchez’s year. don’t you remember what happened to Eli….Sanchez took us to two AFC championship games…” So just keep waiting and waiting and waiting. Don’t forget it took John Elway years before he won a super bowl. So just sign Sanchez to a 10 year deal, he’ll be the next Eli or Elway. Haha…. all you delirious fans who actually thought Sanchize or Rexy would be good. Time to move pass the denial stage. YOU WERE WRONG!!!!!!! they are both awful.
Lenny Maz · Top Commenter · Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey
HOW can one of the greatest college players ever, on an average team NOT be utilized in some way?
I can see in his face he is tired of getting jerked around….I don’t even CARE anymore if they play him because the Jets are SOO fkn dysfunctional anyway.
The post Tim Tebow: Jets’ Backup QB Must Be More Involved in Offense appeared first on .
Please use theregistration to leave a Reply