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Tim Tebow: New York Jets Must Start Tebow to Succeed in Second Half

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets completes drills before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Sammy MakkiAnalyst INovember 1, 2012

It's been a very confusing season so far for the New York Jets. On top of all the confusion, the Jets haven't played well. This comes after their head coach Rex Ryan said in preseason the team had the best roster he's ever coached.

So far, they're 3-5 and not looking like a playoff team. They've had some good moments but they've been way too inconsistent.

Prior to the embarrassing loss to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday, it appeared things were headed in the right direction. Although they had lost two of three games, they played very well against the Houston Texans and New England Patriots.

To be honest, they should've beat the Patriots in Week 7. But they didn't and there's no reason for defending a poorly constructed team.

It's the fault of general manager Mike Tannenbaum that there's no real talent anywhere you look. The Jets' top two players, Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes, are both out for the season.

But then there's the biggest issue of all: The Tim Tebow situation. Why did the Jets trade for him? Rex Ryan kept insisting in camp that Tebow would be involved in at least 20 snaps per game. He's barely going to reach that total for the season it seems like.

Their current starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez, has been terrible. He's having not only the worst season of his career, but also the worst season of any quarterback in the league. His 52.9 completion percentage is dead last of all 32 starting quarterbacks.

Now is the time for the Jets to make the switch. If they have plans on turning this thing around in the second half, they must start Tebow.

The Denver Broncos started 1-5 last season, only to win the AFC West with Tebow in there over Kyle Orton. The Jets at 3-5, have no other choice.

The bye week has come at the perfect time after exactly eight games. The entire front office and coaching staff has to consider this move before the Jets' next game in Seattle on November 11.

What is it that they see in Sanchez? He can't pass or run, and his football IQ is awful. He's soft to go along with everything else and he's not the answer. Not in 2012 or any season after this one, even though the Jets gave him an extension this summer.

If the Jets decide that Tebow still isn't going to start games, why didn't they trade him today at the deadline?

Of course you have to have a backup quarterback, but he's better than that. He deserves a chance to prove himself as a starter on a team that's in desperate need of one. The Jets are, but they apparently don't believe so.

This makes you really wonder what the Jets were thinking in April. They're basically using him just to have his name on their roster and in the media guide.

Fans no longer care about the hype with Tebow. Jets fans want to win and want to win now.

So if the Jets are not going to start Tebow in the second half, they are looking for failure. Because with Sanchez, all they can ask for is a 6-10 season.

Going down this season without Tebow starting a single game will make the Jets look like fools. That wouldn't be surprising considering their history.

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