Another slow start, another disappointing Sunday for the New York Jets. Mark Sanchez is only part of the problem, but the bigger problem looms on the sidelines. The problem is, the New York Jets traded for the most high profile backup quarterback in the NFL, maybe the most effective backup quarterback in the NFL, and they are letting him rot on the bench.
I’ve been almost overly outspoken about my faith in Tim Tebow since before he ever came into the league, so if you hate my opinion, I really couldn’t care less. My opinion is this–the only way the Jets have a prayer of making the playoffs this season is with Tim Tebow at the helm. That’s right, the guy so many people think can’t even be a starting quarterback in the NFL is the same guy who can bring the Jets back to where they want to be.
Last season, Tim Tebow didn’t get a chance to start for the Denver Broncos until week six, which is where he might get a chance for the Jets this season. Another poor output from Mark Sanchez, and the pressure will be on, hot, and heavy.
The Broncos threw Tebow in the mix after Kyle Orton’s horrid 1-3 start and a poor first half performance in game five against the San Diego Chargers. Tebow brought the Broncos back with a hail mary chance to win the game in the waning second, but going into their bye, there was no team in the NFL feeling better among the fan base than Denver at 1-4.
The Broncos went on to win six straight games, en route to the AFC West title in one of the most memorable seasons in recent NFL history. The Broncos were a team with no hope, seemingly no energy, and after picking second in the draft, there were thoughts that the Broncos would be in the mix to pick Andrew Luck first in the draft.
Tebow made sure that didn’t happen, and he revived a Denver team that needed it in a bad way. He rejuvenated the fan base, and as poor as he played for a majority of the games, Tebow’s fourth quarter magic and playmaking ability are undeniable. The New York Jets do not have as good an offensive line as Denver, probably not even close at this point, which could be a huge problem for them. They also don’t have a Pro Bowl running back like Denver does in Willis McGahee. Not to mention, New York’s receivers? Well, you can watch the tape.
That being said, I’ve never seen a player play better when the odds are against him than Tim Tebow. He has a ferocious mentality and a will to win that is second to none in the NFL. He may not be pretty all the time, but he’s certainly effective. The Broncos got crushed against the Patriots in the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean Tebow can’t have made strides since last year.
If you ask me, the answer for the Jets has always been Tebow, it will just be a matter of time before they answer the call.