Tim Tebow: Predicting When Backup QB Will Take over Troubled Jets Offense

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVNovember 6, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets leaves the field after a 29-26 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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As the New York Jets become more and more unpredictable by the week, the inevitability is slowly sinking in that popular backup quarterback Tim Tebow will soon be given the keys to the offense. 

The question isn't if, but when.

Despite the team's recent struggles, head coach Rex Ryan hasn't been indicative of a soon-to-be quarterback switch involving Tebow and current starter, Mark Sanchez, according to Connor Orr of The Star-Ledger.

The Jets' troubles were horridly obvious in their latest showing, which was a 30-9 loss at home to the Miami Dolphins. At 4-4, the Dolphins aren't terrible, but they rank 30th in opponents' passing yards and should be an easy team to throw the ball downfield against.

Sanchez finished with 283 yards passing, but it came on a 28-for-54 completion rating and included a touchdown and an interception.

Simply put, Sanchez can't bring his team back when they go down, as indicated by their 3-5 record.

All of the blame can't be put on Sanchez, as his receiving core is far from impressive.

But there comes a point where your quarterback must make the necessary plays to make his teammates better, and Sanchez has shown no signs of possessing that trait.

That's where Tebow comes in. You'd have to be living under a rock to not be aware of the level of motivation he brings and how much he inspires the players around him.

These Jets wideouts haven't exactly been eager to make plays this season, and lighting a fire under them easily outweighs the apparent risks that come along with starting a QB with a suspect arm. 

With an unfavorable upcoming schedule awaiting them and an offense that seems to be out of control and lacking weapons, giving Tebow free reign sooner rather than later is their best bet.

After a Week 9 bye, the Jets now gear up for a two-game road slate against Seattle and St. Louis. Both teams have made great strides this season, and I expect the Jets' offensive struggles to continue while their defense shows it can't keep either of these two young quarterbacks—Russell Wilson and Sam Bradford—off the field for very long.

Two ugly road losses against far-from-elite foes will put the Jets at 3-7 and sputtering out of control with four straight losses. Having lost six of their last seven at this point, Ryan will no longer be able to sustain support if he continues rolling with Sanchez.

As the Jets return home to face the scary New England Patriots, expect Tebow to either make his first start in a gang-green uniform or take over the offense after this lopsided Pats victory has been decided. 

That will leave New York with some optimism heading into a game against the ghastly-as-of-late Arizona Cardinals, with a new quarterback at the helm and the unheralded hype that comes along with the name 'Tebow'. 

Love it or hate it, it'll soon be Tebowtime in the Big Apple.