The New York Jets stink on offense and are under-using their best weapon: Tim Tebow. Don’t expect that to change soon.
The Jets came into the year with Santonio Holmes, a usual No. 2 receiver as their top target. With Holmes gone for the year with an injury, the Jets are trying to play offense with perhaps the worst receiving corps in the National Football League.
Their No. 1 running back, Shonn Greene, would be a third down back on most other teams. Greene is a solid one-cut runner, but lacks the necessary burst to break the big run.
Bilal Powell, who is injured and equally slow on foot, backs up Greene. Former USC tailback Joe McKnight ranks third on their depth chart and is showing early that he is too small to stay healthy in the NFL.
This is a very shallow and under-talented roster in need of help.
After another demoralizing output on offense on Sunday during their 30-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Jets fell under .500. Chants of “Tebow, Tebow” could be heard in the Meadowlands starting in the third quarter.
The chants fell on deaf ears as Jets head coach Rex Ryan allowed Mark Sanchez to turn the ball over twice in 54 throws. He had a 50 percent completion clip en route to amassing a sub-70 quarterback rating. This type of showing by Sanchez is pretty standard, minus the pass attempts.
Sanchez has been in the league for four seasons and has underperformed in all of them. Tebow, on the other hand, has started only 14 games in his career thus far and his ceiling, in large part, is still somewhat a mystery.
It’s no secret that Sanchez’s wins and loss success over the last few years are almost entirely due to having a great defense to back him up in the big moments. While Tebow’s success can be attributed directly to his passion, leadership, and most importantly his innate playmaking abilities.
Tebow possesses a much bigger arm than Sanchez, which would open things up greatly for this team. The Jets fast No. 1 receiver Stephen Hill ran the spread option in college. Tebow’s favorite throw is the deep ball, which means these two should hit it off nicely.
The choice should be simple for the Jets. Tebow should be the starting quarterback for New York.
Given the roster the Jets have to work with, Tebow would appear to be the logical choice. Ryan disagrees with me saying after Sunday’s humiliating game that he is sticking with Sanchez because “he gives us the best chance to win.”
Ryan’s loyalty to Sanchez could be linked directly to his future job security if this pattern and season continues on its current course. We’ll have to wait and see.
Published Oct. 31, 2012