Why Tim Tebow Should Not Start for New York Jets Against Houston

Jeff LangridgeCorrespondent IIIOctober 4, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 23:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jest prepares to play the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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As soon as the New York Jets acquired Tim Tebow, it was known that this day would come.

The circus that the Jets invited by bringing in Tebow is growing with every week and will only stop when they finally give Tebow the starting job. So why am I suggesting that he shouldn't start against the Houston Texans this Sunday?

It's quite simple.

Imagine for a second that the Jets decide to start Tebow and he gets crushed by the Texans superior defense. The Jets lose horribly for a second week in a row. How will Jets fans react to that?

It's easy. They will clamor to go right back to Mark Sanchez, even though he has been less than stellar so far this season. The circus will only continue growing.

As much as Sanchez has, for the lack of a better word, sucked this season, the Jets need to go with him against the Texans. At 2-2, it won't be playoff hope-crippling loss, but it's a loss that Sanchez has to take.

Some might ask why if Tim Tebow is so good, why can't he beat the Houston Texans? I'm not saying it's not out of the realm of possibility that he could beat the Texans. It's just that if he were to lose against Houston, which is probable, it would only make the Jets fans even more crazy.

With Tebow starting, a loss against Houston would only hurt Tebow and the fans opinion of him. A Sanchez loss is almost expected.

In Week 6, the Jets go up against the Indianapolis Colts. While they aren't pushovers, they are certainly an easier opponent than the Texans.

If the Jets were to give Tebow his first start against the Colts, there is a much bigger shot that they would come out with a win. Tebow winning his first game will give the Jets at least another couple of weeks of the fans not clamoring for someone's head.

In Week 7, the opponent will once again be tougher as they face the New England Patriots. We all know how Tebow fared against them in the playoffs last season. So if Tebow beats the Colts and loses to the Patriots, he's 1-1, not that bad of a record.

It doesn't help anyone to start Tebow against the Texans. With Tebow or Sanchez, the Jets are going to come out of the game with a loss. If the Jets don't want to attract anymore bad press, they will start Sanchez one last time and hand the reins to Tebow in Week 6.