Time to Get Back to Reality with the New York Jets

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Sept. 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) runs off the field after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium. 49ers won 34-0. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE


Before all of my Tim Tebow fans get mad at me, my reasoning for this statement is not because of Tim Tebow. You all know how I feel about Tebow, this is not news. I have never been thrilled with the trade to bring him in here, and I am still not. That being said, Tim Tebow is on this football team, and we can debate his abilities til the end of time. This today, is about the Tim Tebow fit as a starter with this team.

The backup quarterback is always the most popular guy on the football team when the offense is struggling. Even when it is not Tim Tebow, the backup is always thought of as the guy that can save the world. “Get the starter out of there, the backup can get it done.” It’s a favorite refrain of football fans all over, it only gets louder when that backup quarterback is Tim Tebow. The backup will spark the team, is what everyone says.

And yes, Tim Tebow likely would create a short term spark. The crowd would go nuts, and the players would be fired up. But it is not the term answer. Why you ask? He certainly won a lot of games with Denver last year.

But….he will still be working with the same team that Mark Sanchez is. He is not bringing Willis McGahee with him, who ran for 1199 yards, he is stuck with Shonn Greene. He is not bringing with him an offensive line that drove forward the top rushing attack in the game, he is stuck with the offensive line from the 22nd best rushing attack in 2011. He is not bringing Demaryius Thomas or Erick Decker with him. Tim is stuck with, now that Holmes is hurt, with Stephen Hill, Chaz Schilens, and the rest of the motley crew that the Jets call wide receivers.

The point? No matter what you think about Tim Tebow as a quarterback, any quarterback needs weapons. Tim Tebow was a winner last year, but even he needs help. Mark Sanchez can’t lead this team without help, Tim Tebow certainly won’t be able to lead this team without help. He can’t do it alone. He would create a short term spark, but eventually, he will be called upon to use his weapons to lead this team to victory, and the Jets have not armed the offense with good enough weapons, so long term, Tim will not get the job done either.


For the time being folks, you are stuck with Mark Sanchez. That will upset a large faction of Jets fans, but it too is the truth. Woody Johnson is a businessman, and he gave Mark Sanchez a contract extension in the offseason. The Jets would have a lot of empty money against the cap if they just cut ties with Sanchez, and again, trade are rare during the season. He is staying.

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