The fake New York Jets quarterback controversy has taken a backseat, but now the question has become the balance between the traditional offense with Mark Sanchez under center and the Wildcat package operated by Tim Tebow. Tim Tebow carried the ball just once for 22 yards last week in the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Mark Sanchez and the offense struggled to get into a rhythm and only put 10 points on the board – all on their first two drives of the game.
It seemed like the questions about the offense would fall by the wayside when Tony Sparano called a masterful game and owned the Buffalo Bills defense in the 48-28 New York Jets win at MetLife Stadium in Week One. The Jets offense sputtered at Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the questions have popped up once again. But now instead of wondering if the Wildcat would mess with the rhythm of Mark Sanchez and the offense, it seems like the popular prescription for the Jets' offensive woes is more Tim Tebow. Somewhat surprisingly there haven't been any calls to hand the quarterback job over to Tim Tebow, but just some thoughts about getting him more involved when the offense is struggling.
The Jets acquired Tim Tebow because he has a unique skill set at the quarterback position. While he isn't a high completion percentage passer, he does throw the ball much better than someone playing out of position at quarterback like a wide receiver or running back. With his size and ability to run, it makes him a unique threat that defenses have to account for. With his knack for making plays and that skill set, he's very good at making something out of nothing.
Truthfully, that's what the Jets had going on offense for much of Sunday: a whole lot of nothing. The fault doesn't lie with Mark Sanchez, the entire offense was off. Beyond the strategic aspect of getting Tim Tebow on the field, his ability to tun nothing into something creates positive feelings for the offense when he makes such a play. The Jets needed a spark Sunday and maybe he could have provided that.
Again, this isn't to say that Mark Sanchez is at fault or that Tim Tebow should be the starting quarterback. But isn't he here to try to jump start the offense when it's shorting out? For whatever reason, Tony Sparano opted to stick with the base offense and left Tim Tebow on the shelf Sunday, despite his past success against the Steelers. Moving forward, expect to see more Tim Tebow when the offense needs a jump.
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