Tim Tebow's Window to Start in New York Is Closed

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 18, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets meets Christian, a member of the Tim Tebow Foundation, prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 18, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)
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Unless Mark Sanchez gets injured, Tim Tebow will not start for the New York Jets at quarterback—ever.

Depending on your opinion of Tebow as a legitimate option at quarterback, that is either a good or a bad thing. From Tebow's perspective, he needs to finally behave a little selfishly and ask to be traded.

I'm not sold that Tebow can ever be a long-term option at quarterback for a good NFL team, but I'm sure he's earned a chance to try. Tebow led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs and a playoff victory in the 2011 season, and that should at least afford him a legit opportunity.

The Jets defeated the St. Louis Rams on the road Sunday, which hurts Tebow's chances of replacing Sanchez under center. The win moved the team to 4-6 on the season, and in a division where the New England Patriots have failed to put significant distance between them and their rivals, the Jets are still within range.

The team has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the last three games. That will always make any quarterback's job easier. The Jets were seven-of-15 on third downs against the Rams on Sunday. That's a direct benefit of running the ball effectively on first and second down.

All this adds up to a mildly competitive Jets team. While that is the case, the Jets will never be desperate enough to bench Sanchez. They probably won't be good enough to catch the Patriots either, but it'll keep them from pressing the Tebow button.

It didn't help Tebow's case when word came out that players in the Jets' locker room don't believe Tebow has improved since last season. It's puzzling to me that so many people lament Tebow's play from last season when his team was largely successful—in any case, per the New York Daily News, one Jets defensive starter described Tebow as "terrible."

Without a vote of confidence from teammates, and void of any commitment from Rex Ryan to use him beyond the role of Inspector Gadget, Tebow needs to escape from New York.

If his goal is to be an NFL QB, he must realize that he'll never get a shot at accomplishing that in New York.


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