Tim Tebow: Jets' Usage of Versatile QB Is Too Little, Too Late

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 11, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets should use Tim Tebow in their offense for the rest of the season, but it's still not going to make them a playoff team.

Not that he would have in the first place, but the Jets' usage of their versatile quarterback is too little too late. He needed to be used earlier, when it became obvious that Mark Sanchez's struggles were not going to go away.

Last week against Seattle, Tebow threw the ball three times and ran it four times. It's not like he made a big difference, seeing as the Jets lost 28-7, but he gave the Seahawks something else to think about. That's important when you're throwing an all-around average unit at one of the league's most intimidating defenses.

But look at this. The Star-Ledger reporter Mike Vorkunov states in a report that "As the Jets look to orient their offense in the right direction, it seems Tebow’s playbook is expanding."

Rex Ryan spoke to that as well:

I think that’s part of it. We added a few different things. The thing with Tim is you can add things each week. Again, I think it’s challenging for a defense to have to prepare for all the different things and the what-ifs. What if they line up like this or if they line up like this? I think there are a lot of things that you can do that are difficult for people to prepare for with Tim.

Maybe I just don't get it, but didn't Ryan know this when New York added Tebow in the offseason? Did he think he was getting a pocket-passing No. 2 quarterback? How could he not be, at least, somewhat prepared for using him properly?

Using a guy like Tebow can't always be easy, but it shouldn't have taken this long to figure it out. It's not like Tom Brady was behind center and putting Tebow in would have really messed with the offense's chemistry.

It's Sanchez. Pulling him couldn't have hurt much. It couldn't get much worse, and it still can't.

For the sake of common sense, it's nice to see Ryan and the Jets finally paying attention. If all else fails, a team must try something, and it appears that they finally understand that. Not that Tebow is great, but the Jets are just that bad on offense.

Sitting at 3-6 and in fourth place in the AFC East, opening up the offense isn't going to create a postseason berth, but it shows your fanbase that you're not completely incompetent.

For the Jets, that's something that they haven't accomplished all year.