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Tim Tebow: Window Closing for Jets QB to Have Impact in New York

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets stiff arms linebacker Mario Haggan #51 of the St. Louis Rams during the game at the Edward Jones Dome on November 18, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)
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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIINovember 19, 2012

The New York Jets refuse to plug in Tim Tebow as their starting QB. With his style of play and the team's most recent victory over the Rams, Tebow's window to have a big impact in the Big Apple is closing fast.

Mark Sanchez has a massive, multi-year contract, which doesn't exactly lend itself to benching him given the large investment. But if head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano truly wanted to ground-and-pound the football, Tebow would be the perfect player to run an unconventional but very successful attack.

When the Jets have won and Sanchez has played well, he has generally not been asked to do much and hand the ball out very frequently. Sunday was no exception in the Jets' 27-13 road victory, where Sanchez was 15-of-20 for 178 yards and a touchdown.

That's not always the case, though, as Sanchez is typically erratic and makes bad decisions at an alarming rate.

Since Sanchez is already the most inaccurate starting QB in the league, what would be the harm in sacrificing a bit in that regard with Tebow while adding another running threat to the position?

Tebow was barely used in the Edward Jones Dome, and he wasn't effective when he was plugged in for spot plays. The Marv Albert parody Twitter account captured just how dire the situation was for the 2010 first-round pick:

Solid stats for Tebow today.Seems about right. (Pic) twitter.com/NotMarvAlbert/…

— Marv Albert (@NotMarvAlbert) November 18, 2012

 

For a player who relies on a fast-tempo, hurry-up style of offense, it's impossible for Tebow to get into a rhythm. It also hurts Sanchez when Tebow has to come in—almost in an obligatory gesture by Sparano—for a few touches per game just to quiet critics.

Or whatever the Jets are trying to do by playing him so little and hurting the team in the process.

The window is officially closing on Tebow's hopes to be a starting QB after Sanchez's solid showing and another bad day. What's hurting him the most, though, is that his style of play doesn't translate to longevity.

Even though Tebow bulked up to something like 250 lbs. for the season so he could play punt protector, he essentially runs like an old school fullback when carrying the ball.

With the physicality and unprecedented strength of players in today's NFL, running backs are dropping off steeply at the age of 30.

It's hard to believe, but Tebow will already be 26 years old before Week 1 of the 2013 season. If he doesn't see the field soon—with the Jets or with another team that is willing to stick him at quarterback—he may never get an opportunity to prove himself before it's too late.

The clock may already be striking midnight on Tebow Time. But for the sake of how exciting and magical Tebow's run was with Denver, let's hope that it isn't too late.

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