Many of you in Jets Nation already know Frankie Vittorini. If you don’t, you should. For those that don’t, he is a co-host of the Jets internet show, Flight 5 Live, which airs Friday nights from 7-8 PM. He also created the video blogging site, Flopping Out. He is also a huge proponent of inserting Tim Tebow as the starting quarterback of the New York Jets.
For those of you out on Twitter, give him a follow @hashtagfrankie. He talks a lot of trash, with a lot of bravado, anyone that has seen his “Fake Tebow” videos knows that. But, getting past all of that, Frankie is an intelligent football fan, and we have invited him to give his case for making Tebow the quarterback.
So, without further delay, here is Frank’s guest post:
Tim Tebow Can be a Great Quarterback For Your NY Jets
By Frankie Vittorini
The conclusion of week 10 of the NFL season bumped the New York Jets to 3-6, and Jet Nation had to witness another pathetic performance by an offense that failed to score a single point. Not to mention a quarterback who looked like he was in year one and an offensive coaching staff/system that failed this team yet again. At this point there is no question that Tim Tebow should be the starting quarterback for the remainder of 2012 season. This New York Jets offense might just be the worst in all of football. GM Mike Tannenbaum did a terrible job this offseason addressing glaring issues at wide receiver, tight end, and running back; as us fans were more aware of these issues than Mr. T. To make matters worst, our quarterback has embarrassed himself almost as bad as our owner, who seems to care more about cashing in checks than winning football games. I don’t know about you folks but something is going on upstairs, and it is specifically ruining this Jets offense. Whether they are forcing Rex to keep Mark in as the starter, or Rex is assuring the boys upstairs that Sanchez still has it; something is terribly wrong. This article is not going to get into any of that because I don’t have the sources to speculate and I don’t feel like making any up like some us . But I will tell you this thing for sure: TIM TEBOW CAN and WILL be a successful starting quarterback in the NFL, whether it is with the New York Jets or not.
If there is one thing Mr. T did right this offseason, it was bringing in Tebow; he just did it for the wrong reasons. If Tim Tebow had started week 5 after Mark Sanchez pathetically attempted to play quarterback against San Francisco; we would be in a much better position to make the playoffs. It is TIME to not only hand this team over to Tim Tebow for the present, but for the future. Now I understand why you start the year with Mark Sanchez; he is your franchise quarterback, you paid him tons of money, and you need to see if he can be the Sanchise. But after week 4’s embarrassing loss to San Francisco that is all I needed to see. To be honest 2009, 2010 and 2011 were also all I needed to see. There was never a point when I thought to myself Mark Sanchez had “IT.” When a QB needs a top 5 defense, top 5 offensive line, top 5 running game, and a top 5 special teams unit to be average; you know the guy is not very good. Yes he did win playoff games, but so would most quarterbacks if put in that position. AND so would Tebow.
We always hear the term if you put these players in a vacuum. So let’s put Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow in a vacuum, using 9 games as our constant variable since Sanchez has unfortunately started all nine games this year.
Sanchez stats 2012 (9 games): 1,816 passing yards, 10 rushing yards, 10 pass TDs, 0 rush TDs, 10 Total TDs, 9 Ints, 4 FumL (13 TOs), 52% CMP% (153 for 294), 28.7 QBR, 3 wins, 6 losses.
Tebow stats 2011 (9 games): 1,405 passing yards, 573 rushing yards, 10 pass TDs, 4 rush TDs, 14 total TDs, 2 Ints, 4 FumL (6 TOs), 49% CMP% (103 for 210), 42.3 QBR, 7 wins, 2 losses.
Advantage Sanchez: +411 passing yards, +3% CMP%.
Advantage Tebow: +563 Rushing Yards, + 162 Total Yards, +4 Rushing TDs, +4 Total TDs, – 7 Ints, -7 TOs, +13.6 QBR, +4 wins.
In this vacuum Tebow had more total yards than Sanchez, a higher QBR, more total TDs, less turnovers, and most importantly more WINS. Not to mention Tebow was thrown into the fire with a first team offense that he barely practiced with. Sanchez has been the Jets starter since the summer of 2009.