Tim Tebow: Lining Quarterback Up at RB Is Type of Creativity Jets Offense Needs

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 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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The New York Jets offense is bland. That doesn't necessarily mean Mark Sanchez must be replaced at quarterback, but something has to change.

Tim Tebow, one of the league's ultimate wild cards, is the key to that equation. He's been used sparingly since coming over from Denver in the offseason—touching the ball 11 times on offense.

Bringing in Tebow to carry Sanchez's water makes no sense. He's too big of a public figure, for better or worse, and infusing him into the offense makes too much sense. It doesn't even have to be behind center. Using Tebow in any way, at this point, would make the Jets' attack better.

It certainly couldn't make it much worse.

ESPN's James Walker agrees. He suggests putting Tebow at running back in a recent report. Here's what he had to say about it:

It sounds like a gimmick. But putting Tebow, a career quarterback, at tailback could actually work. The Jets lack depth at running back. New York has a pair of injured running backs in Bilal Powell (shoulder) and Joe McKnight (ankle). Shonn Greene is the unquestioned starter but he occasionally needs a breather. Tebow could add to the pile with several carries a game. He’s a strong runner between the tackles.

Walker hits it right on the head. New York isn't fooling anyone, and Greene isn't going to make that happen anytime soon. He's a fine running back, but Sanchez needs more than fine to succeed. Tebow isn't going to show up and play like Adrian Peterson, but he's going to make teams think twice before attacking.

At this point, Tebow is still viewed as a gimmick, whether he is or not.

Defenses would peer into the backfield, see Tebow and immediately second-guess themselves. Catching a team off balance is one of New York's only hopes at this point, and it would only help Sanchez as he tries to make a play down the field.

Tebow could run the ball as well. Taking the ball out of the Wildcat is no different in most ways. He's still a load to bring down, and he still understands how to set up his blockers. That part is no different, and he would be able to grind out yards wherever possible.

Giving Tebow plays in the backfield would do two things. He needs to play more, and he needs to do what he does best. Running the ball, no matter where he initially lines up, is his calling card. Allowing him to do it in an unconventional way would confuse defenses and give the Jets a little more room to work.

New York has shown no inclination to use its secret weapon, but it should.

The team isn't going anywhere, and the offense isn't producing. Tebow would give the offense another toy to play with and allow the team to have some fun. He's the ultimate team player; it's not like he wouldn't embrace the temporary switch.