Tim Tebow: Jets' Backup QB Must Be More Involved in Offense

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIOctober 28, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets runs from the field against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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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.

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):


Tim Tebow waits on the sidelines as the crowd clamors for him to be under center. Sanchez is sacked by #Dolphins #56 Burnett #MIAvsNYJ

— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) October 28, 2012


The people have spoken. They are ready for Tebow Time, and millions of intrigued fans and critics of Tebow around the country are anxious—outspokenly or quietly—to see if he can conjure up any more magic as in 2011.

Will the Jets bow to the pressure to the extent of playing Tebow more? Will they continue to sit him to see what they have in Sanchez in these extremely adverse times? Or will Tebow get the nod to start over the recently extended Sanchize?

As always, the subject of Tim Tebow certainly stirs the pot with some interesting hypothetical scenarios. Whether football fans want to or not, staying tuned to this continually developing storyline should get even more interesting should the Jets keep struggling to put points on the board.