Tim Tebow Deserves Opportunity to Play When Healthy

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 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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Mark Sanchez finally got pulled last Sunday, but Tim Tebow couldn’t get strapped up to replace him.

When he does have the strength to strap on that Jets helmet, the polarizing QB should get more reps to show his team what it has with him. It’s the least it can do for last year’s AFC West champion.

Whether Tebow will be available against his hometown Jacksonville Jaguars is a game-time decision, according to Fox Sports.

With two broken ribs and potentially two quarterbacks ahead of him, it doesn’t seem that Tebow has a true motivation to come back immediately.

However, No. 15 has an unmatched spirit. If he can go Sunday, he’ll look true to form.

With their season going down the toilet, the Jets need that inspiration. Whether it’s from the quarterback spot, H-back or Wildcat, the Jets' backup needs to be involved.

So far in 2012, Rex Ryan has shown he has less faith in the "Tebow Package" than a nun has with the constitution of marriage.

Fact is, a few snaps from Tebow here and there will keep the defense off balance and wear it down with a running threat from the QB spot. It may not work every play, but it has more potential than New York’s measly 3.8 yards per carry, good for 23rd in the league.

No need for more of Sanchez sulking on the sideline, wobbling footballs or defensive backs on high. Even if New York is scared to use Tebow at quarterback full-time, he needs to be employed more to keep Sanchez’s mistakes at bay.

In the case that the Jets eventually go back to Greg McElroy, the Tebow argument still exists. Tony Sparano’s attack was as tasteless as tapioca pudding when McElroy was at the helm.

CBS Sports' Will Brinson wrote about the Jets' quarterback situation earlier this week, stating that Tebow wasn’t considered for the starting position with his injury and might not be regardless.

As Mark Sanchez has shown, he’s only been as good as the supporting cast has been around him. Add that he has the second-worst completion percentage of all starting quarterbacks and it's a tricky situation for Sparano.

Looking at the Jets' injury report, Sanchez doesn’t have much to work with as the starter. Add Dustin Keller and Stephen Hill to the inactive list, joining Santonio Holmes from earlier this season. With a supporting cast made up of mostly backups and castaways, Sanchez will have to force a few throws. We all know how that’s gone before.

With Ryan seemingly married to Sanchez, Tebow has become a forgotten afterthought even though he’s one of the only Jets who can provide instant offense.

They'll need to come to their senses or it's going to be a long winter for this Jets organization.