Russ’s Rants -- Tebow Can Compliment Sanchez Not Replace Him
For weeks now I’ve refrained about writing about Tim Tebow and what his role is and what is role could be with the New York Jets. I think after week 5 we have some answers.
Right now the Jets are without Revis, Hill, Keller, Holmes and Mangold missed some time last night. So now is not the time to pile on quarterback Mark Sanchez (who never complains). He had a decent game against the Houston Texans. There were some key drops (including the drop by Schilens on the onside kick, most have forgotten about that) and missed a few passes to and yet the Jets were in a game that seemed to be as much of a long shot as Super Bowl III was.
If you listened to Tebow’s interviews he doesn’t act like a guy who wants to take over a team. Each week offensive coordinator, Tony Sparano seems to be working him in more but for people to think that he was going to magically run the ball into the end zone after he gained 13 yards are nuts. He had the next carry and gained nothing. If he was all that he would have scored but he didn’t. Why? Because the Jets offensive line has been dreadful. BTW, we never see how Tebow looks in practice which could factor into his playing time.
For a few brief moments they seemed to make a few blocks in the second half and Greene did gain some yards. So maybe it’s not all his fault either.
Yesterday the defense let the team down. The lack of a pass rush was awful. Coples and Wilkerson were spectators for most of that game. The secondary was solid but that hole in the middle of the run defense still exists. That was a bigger reason the Jets lost yesterday because if they were an “elite defense” like Rex Ryan told us they were, minus Revis of course, then they would have held the Texans to fewer points and they would have given the offense better field position.
Next week the Jets face the Colts in a winnable game. I think they’ll win that game and I think they will look more like the team that beat the Bills rather than the one that lost to the Niners. I think they are finally adjusting to the personnel on the field and they are starting to get dividends from players who weren’t counted on earlier in the season.
Bottom line, Tebow has earned more plays but he hasn’t scored a touchdown this year because of the Jets offensive line and because he didn’t break a big enough run off on his own.
That’s the way it is right now and Jets fans have been through this kind of rollercoaster season before as well, although it never gets any easier.