The New York Jets have not been getting their money's worth from Tim Tebow. With a 4-7 record and a coach and quarterback on the hot seat, they have nothing to lose from trying to use their most unique player in different ways.
Here are a few ways that the Jets can maximize their investment in Tebow and possibly salvage a couple of extra wins this season.
ESPN's Skip Bayless has been saying it for the whole season, and the Jets might find their hand being forced to do it: Let Tebow play quarterback.
What do the Jets have to lose? Mark Sanchez is clearly not the starter of the future. According to Pro Football Focus, Sanchez has only been accurate on 67 percent of his throws and he has been the league's worst quarterback under pressure. There really is nothing to gain from continuing to watch Sanchez struggle.
Tebow is just as bad, if not worse, as a passer, but he has a running ability that Sanchez lacks. Rex Ryan has always favored a smash-mouth attack, and Tebow could lead that attack perfectly.
Tebow is probably the Jets' most powerful runner, or at least their most passionate one. With big Shonn Greene and Tebow wearing down defenses, they could open up some passes downfield for Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley.
This is not a guarantee that the Jets will find success under Tebow, but they have nothing to lose.
If Rex Ryan really has no intention of playing Tebow as a real quarterback, as he's been saying all along (h/t CBSSports.com), then why not use him elsewhere?
As previously mentioned, Tebow is the Jets' most powerful runner. Why not let him fill in at running back?
Tebow's rushing numbers are abnormally low this year because of the Jets' uncreative play-calling, not because of Tebow's rushing ability.
As a running back in a more flexible offense, he could be pretty solid as a short-yardage back. After all, Tebow did rush for 660 yards on just 122 carries last year. That's 5.4 yards per carry. Compare that to Shonn Greene's career average of 4.0 yards per carry, and the Jets might be able to upgrade the running back position with this move.
If that's not a direction the Jets want to go, Tebow could also be a decent tight end. He already knows the offense and the routes, he has big strong hands and his run-after-the-catch ability would be second-to-none. Tebow would be a nice complement to Dustin Keller as well.
At least the Jets would be getting something out of Tebow if they tried to convert him. Right now, they're getting nothing.
The Jets didn't get rid of much to gain Tebow, so trading him and getting little in return wouldn't be much of a problem at all. There are definitely teams that would like Tebow's services, so a trade might be the best route to pursue.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are the obvious choice for a trade partner. They need a quarterback, and they desperately need to build some hype. Tebow does both.
With Tebow at the helm, the Jaguars would be a daily feature on ESPN, and ticket sales would soar. That alone would be worth the trade.
The Jets, meanwhile, would get a late draft pick or two, which would help to improve a roster with multiple major needs.
As long as Rex Ryan refuses to play Tebow, this is the best possible route for the Jets to pursue. Otherwise, they will have gotten absolutely nothing out of Tebow.