NFL: Could it finally be "Tebow Time" in New York?
The New York Jets football team hasn't had much good happen for them in the past 10 days. The team lost all-pro cornerback Darrelle Revis to a knee injury in week 3. The injury that Revis suffered ended up being season ending, which was a huge blow to a team that centered it's defense around the shutdown corner. Revis's absence was felt heavily Sunday as the Jets suffered a 34-0 blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Jets gave up 245 rushing yards, while turning the ball over 4 times total. Although the Jets offense was facing one of the NFL's premier defenses in the San Francisco 49ers, Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez's stat line was abysmal. Sanchez completed only 13 out of 29 pass attempts for 103 yards. He also threw an interception, and managed to lose a fumble. The embarrassing loss along with Sanchez's anemic performance, had many fans calling for backup quarterback Tim Tebow. Could this be a sign that it's finally time for Tebow to take over the reigns in New York?
When the New York Jets traded for Tim Tebow back in March of this year, people (myself included) were skeptical of how Tebow would fit in with the Jets offense. Up until this point in his still young career, Tebow has yet to prove himself as an efficient passing quarterback. Tebow often stares down his receivers, which makes it easy for defenses to read where he plans on going with the football. Proof of Tebow's less than stellar passing efficiently can be shown in his career stats. In 23 career games, Tebow has completed less than 50 percent of his passing attempts. Tebow has also thrown 17 touchdown passes, compared to 9 interceptions.
However, despite being one of the most controversial figures in sports today, Tim Tebow has shown he can win football games. The way that Tebow wins hasn't always been pretty, but it seems to work for him and his fans. Tebow, who was a Heishman Trophy winner in 2007, is also a two-time BCS National Championship winner with the Florida Gators (2006, 2008). Like his college days at Florida, Tebow has relied heavily on his legs to get the job done in the NFL. After taking over for Kyle Orton following a 1-4 start, Tebow led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2011. This marked the Broncos first playoff birth since 2005. The Bronco's playoff berth resulted a first round upset victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, before losing to the New England Patriots in the second round.
After an embarrassing loss to the 49ers, Tim Tebow may very well be breathing down Mark Sanchez's neck.
Since signing with the Jets, Tebow's role has been somewhat sporadic. Besides occasionally spelling Mark Sanchez and running the wildcat offense, Tebow has primarily played on special teams. Since Tebow's role with the Jets has been pretty much undefined thus far, many analyst have criticized the Jets organization for attempting to "force" Tebow into the mix. Regardless to what Tebow's role has been thus far, his fans have spoken after the team's disastrous defeat to the 49ers; they want Tebow at the helm. Not so fast though -- Jets head coach, Rex Ryan may have different plans.
After addressing the media on Monday, Ryan is adamant on sticking with Sanchez as the starter. Regarding Sanchez, Ryan was quoted as saying "He is definitely our guy". I'm personally not a Jets fan, but as a guy who follows sports, I feel that Rex Ryan is right to stick with Sanchez. Despite occasional lackluster performances, Sanchez has shown that he can get the job done when necessary. The Jets have a very shaky running game, which doesn't help any quarterback regardless of what team it is. Unfortunately for Sanchez and the other NFL quarterbacks, they're the ones who takes most of the heat following a loss. The season is still young, and the Jets have yet to fall out of playoff contention. However, if what happened against the 49ers becomes an ongoing trend this season, you can expect the callings for Tebow to take over to increase. At this point, it looks like Jets fans may have to hold up on "Tebow Mania" for awhile.