Tim Tebow Must Sit out Rest of the Season for New York Jets

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets during warm ups before the start of their game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on November 22, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The New York Jets have done their best to make a mockery of backup quarterback Tim Tebow this season, and must sit the banged-up star over their last four games before the two sides part ways at year's end.

If not for Tebow's pride, the Jets must shut him down to allow ample time for his injured ribs to heal.

New York is 5-7 after 13 weeks and must win three of its last four to avoid its first losing season of the Rex Ryan era. But Tebow isn't even qualified to take a slice of the blame for the Jets' failures this year.

The third-year signal-caller has attempted 29 rushes and only seven pass attempts this season, accounting for 126 total yards and zero touchdowns.

Often times, Ryan and the Jets' coaching staff have been content to watch Tebow stand on the sideline while Mark Sanchez stinks it up on the field, throwing 13 interceptions to just 12 touchdowns through the team's first 12 games. 

Week after week it's becoming more and more clear that Tebow wasn't brought in for football reasons, but instead to grab attention for a floundering franchise that went 8-8 a year ago. Therefore, it would be outright shocking if Tebow was back in the Big Apple next season. 

For the Jets to treat a former first-round draft pick who went 8-5 in 13 starts (including the playoffs) with the Denver Broncos in 2011 the way they have is unacceptable. After all, Sanchez won only eight games in 16 starts last season.

It's not Sanchez's fault, though. Management made a crippling error to bring in a starter to do a backup's job. 

Through 13 weeks we've learned that Tebow and the Jets were never meant for each other, and that the only appropriate thing to do is to play the season out under the radar and move on in opposite directions come 2013.


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