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Is It Time For Tim Tebow To Start Playing More For The New York Jets?

Submitted by on October 2, 2012 – 10:40 amNo Comment
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Although the New York Jets have only played four games so far this season—winning games against the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins and collecting losses against the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers—it’s already been a looooooong season for Rex Ryan & Co. After coming out strong in their first game and putting up 48 points against the Bills, the Jets have scored just 33 points in their three subsequent games. The defense has looked porous at times and, with star cornerback Darelle Revis out for the season with a torn ACL, it isn’t going to get significantly better anytime soon. The team’s running backs haven’t done much of anything. And, Mark Sanchez has been, at times, absolutely dreadful. In Sunday’s loss to the Niners, he threw for just 103 yards in a 34-0 drubbing.

So, the question has to be asked: Should Tim Tebow start getting some more reps for the Jets? The easy answer here is yes. After all, Tebow was brought to the Jets specifically to offer a change of pace for the team. He was also brought on to push Sanchez along and to motivate him. The thought was that, if Sanchez struggled, Tebow could relieve him in order to force Sanchez to work harder for the following week. So, now that Sanchez has looked as bad as he has, it might be time for Tebow to overtake him on the depth chart and to give the Jets offense some new life.

But, unfortunately, answers to questions involving starting QBs in the NFL aren’t always as clear-cut as the one posed above. In fact, if the Jets go to Tebow and he fails to produce—which is very likely, given how untalented a lot of the players on the Jets offense are—then Rex Ryan hasn’t just benched Sanchez, he’s also essentially thrown the 2012-13 NFL season into the trash and vowed to rebuild next year. The problem with that? If the Jets end up being as bad as we think they might be for the rest of the year, Ryan might not be the one in charge of that rebuilding process.

So, while it makes perfect sense for Ryan to give Tebow the start over Sanchez next Monday night when the Jets welcome the Houston Texans to MetLife Stadium, we wouldn’t count on it happening. They are probably only going to start him if and when they need a miracle. And, from the looks of things, that might not be too far down the road. We just think that right now is not the time to pull the parachute. The Jets have been bad so far this season, but Sanchez should get at least one or two more chances to turn things around.

Sorry, Jets fans. But, it’s not Tebow Time just yet.

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