Tebow Time Is About Up in New York: Use Him or Lose Him
What in God’s Name is Tim Tebow doing on the Jets?
Maybe HE can tell me. He’s tight with Brother Tim. I just can’t figure out what the hell (sorry, God) Tim Tebow is doing on the Jets.
As soon as the news broke that the Jets were brokering a deal with the Broncos for the tough-minded Tebow, I rationalized it in my head. Red zone trickery; decoys; wildcat meets college-style option play; maybe even a tight end/fullback/running back. As long as he wasn’t the starting quarterback, the options were tantalizing.
But after 7 weeks, I don’t know what the Jets are thinking. After all this hype and circus, Tim Tebow is just a religious man’s Brad Smith.
I posed this question to my good friend and true student of the game, Dave Lopez. He gave me the only answer that makes sense.
Woody Johnson wanted Tim Tebow; the coaches want nothing to do with him.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not one of those “Tim must start” fans. I think Mark Sanchez (largely) gets a bad rap. (The Jets ran for 250 yards, scored 5 touchdowns and pundits pointed out Sanchez only managed 90 yards in the air – really?). I believe this should be Mark Sanchez’s team, no matter what you think of Sanchez. But they are wasting Tim Tebow on the vine.
After not utilizing him in a more significant and creative way in a tight game against division enemy New England, you have to wonder if they will ever use him in any notable manner. He could have made a real difference in that important game, but other than a couple of ordinary run plays, the Jets hardly called his number.
Let’s not pretend the Jets even have a wild card package. Let’s not pretend he will ever be the starting QB on this team (barring injury, and even then I’m not sure he’s the best choice on their roster). Let’s not pretend he is going to bring the Jets back to the playoff promised land.
Let’s just stop Tebow time. If the coaches aren’t going to use him, he’s only there to sell tickets. If he’s selling tickets, people will scream for him to play. If that’s Woody’s play, he either doesn’t understand football or he’s undermining his own coaching staff, and the team that he owns.
You know what sells seats in New York? Winning football games. If the organization does not plan on using Tebow to win games, it’s time to send the ministry-slash-circus to another city.