Tim Tebow: New York Jets' Treatment of QB Shows Their Ineptitude

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 6, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterbacks Tim Tebow #15 and Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets 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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Why did the New York Jets trade for Tim Tebow in the first place?

That's the question we should be asking.

Whether you think he should start at quarterback or not, the fact of the matter is the Jets have hardly used him in any capacity this season. He's rushed 29 times for 87 yards and has been granted a grand total of seven pass attempts in 10 appearances.

For all the talk of the "special" role (per the Daily News) Tebow was supposed to have for the Jets this season, there has been nothing spectacular about the way the Jets have used him. Unless you think using him as a punt protector is special. 

Just when you thought someone else may get a shot at starting after Mark Sanchez's dreadful performance against the Arizona Cardinals last week, Rex Ryan has opted to remain with Sanchez in Week 14 (per ESPN's Rich Cimini). 

New York has only fueled its critics this season. It's one thing to trade for Tebow in the first place (while pundits everywhere cried bloody murder), but when you go against the grain and then appear to not know what you're doing, that's even worse.

By now, we know Ryan and the Jets are as bull-headed as they come, but they aren't as confident a bunch as they would like us to believe. If they were so confident in the Tebow trade, they would be using him more than they are now. By continuing to string him along, they are only proving that they are having second thoughts about the trade.

They are proving that they are inept and, frankly, clueless. They have no direction, no grand plan and they are making no progress (don't tell me a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals is defined as "progress").

The short and sweet (or not-so-sweet) of it is neither Sanchez nor Tebow is the answer for the Jets under center and the sooner they realize this (or stop denying it), the better for them.

By sitting second-year quarterback Greg McElroy on the bench in Week 14 after he led them to a game-winning touchdown on his first drive as a pro, they are only hurting themselves.

It's not about the Jets sitting Tebow in favor of Sanchez or McElroy. It's about them sitting him, period. He has no significant role on this team and he's only added to the drama in New York.

You would think that, after last season, the Jets would stop wasting their time and get back to business. Instead, it appears they have taken yet another step backward.


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