Update (3:43 p.m. ET): It’s official, or at least it is according to Adam Schefter. Greg McElroy will be the Jets’ Week 16 starter, saving our world from red threat level Tim Tebow exposure. So to review: the Jets won’t even consider a two-game Tebow experiment, and Tebow — a former first-round pick — has been deemed a lesser quarterback than McElroy, who’s attempted only seven career passes. What say you now, insufferable Tebow apologists?

Oh and also, the circus tent will remain a chaotic place in New York throughout the offseason as the Jets figure out what to do with a failed quarterback who’s playing under a contract signed last spring that has $20.5 million in guaranteed money, and he’s due $8.25 million next year. Surely Skip Bayless has something to say about this.

Update (2:11 p.m. ET): There’s now a report that Rex Ryan is leaning towards starting McElroy. That makes sense since McElroy was impressive in his Week 13 relief appearance, completing five of his seven pass attempts while throwing the game-winning touchdown against the Cardinals. But such a move would also definitively prove three facts:

1. Tim Tebow isn’t an NFL quarterback.

2. The Jets hate Tebow passionately.

3. We can’t have nice (fantasy) things.

Finally, something that makes sense during the Jets’ Rex Ryan era.

I hesitate to even call what we watched last night football. Sure, I suppose it technically met the proper criteria for a game of organized football. There was indeed a football on the field, and there were 11 men to each side. Each team had offensive and defensive players, and they executed and defended both runs and passes.

But this is an accurate portrayal of what we all witnessed on a mid-December Monday night, minus the screams at an inhuman decibel level.

In fact, that was infinitely more entertaining.

At least Jake Locker — he of the overthrows and underthrows, and awful decisions — has the excuse of essentially still being a rookie in his first full season as a starter. Actually, I’m even more inclined to give him a pass since due to injuries last night was only his ninth career start. Too often we’re accelerating the progress of young quarterbacks in today’s NFL, not realizing that the Andrew Lucks and Cam Newtons are still the exceptions, not the norm.

But anywho, on to the real court jester. Mark Sanchez repeatedly reminded us that he thinks triple and quadruple coverage is just the greatest, throwing four interceptions, while finishing with a passer rating of 32.6. Tim Tebow only attempted one pass, and it didn’t land in the hands of a guy wearing a white jersey. Yet still, his passer rating (39.6) was better than Sanchez’s, proving yet again that doing almost nothing is better than doing whatever Sanchez does.

What’s remarkable is that despite all the tomfoolery, the Jets still had a chance to win last night after a vicious shank by Titans punter Brett Kern. The Jets then had the ball on Tennessee’s 25-yard line down by four points, and with 47 seconds left.There was plenty of time left for a heroic game-winning touchdown, yes? The Sanchezing that followed was so quick, and so violent. He fumbled the snap, his fifth turnover of the game.

That’s all the evidence you need for this…

And especially this…

Oh, and definitely this…

The Jets are now eliminated from the playoffs, and if they intend to even experiment with Tim Tebow and see if he’s still capable of imitating what an NFL quarterback is supposed to look like and pretending he can throw a forward pass, there’s no logical explanation for why that won’t happen over the next two weeks. Last spring they included a fourth-round pick in the trade to acquire Tebow, which is no small sum for a quarterback who’s barely a quarterback, and he’s attempted only eight passes this year. So far, he’s been exactly what we all thought he was in Denver: a running back who throws a football periodically.

No, he’s been less, since he’s barely been on the field to even run, and has only 32 carries over 11 healthy games. Given both Sanchez’s continued insult to quarterback play every time he drops back and the sideline chain attached to Tebow throughout most of the year, not making a change at this point is more than just inconceivable. It’s grounds for dismissal.

Which leads us to a fantasy consideration: does Tebow have fantasy value this week? Yeah, I went there. The answer is yes, because any time Tebow is starting, he has value. Set aside your hate for all things Tebow (his smile, his Jesus fish, etc.), and remember that last year he had 660 rushing yards over just 11 starts. This is a different situation now, of course. Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Willis McGahee aren’t walking through that door to prop Tebow up and make him look competent, and Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil aren’t either to consistently supply him with great field position.

But his running ability and the fantasy value it brings with rushing yards worth far more than passing yards can’t be ignored during championship week. Last night we saw just a glimpse of what Tebow can do in this Jets offense, as he had 15 rushing yards on just three carries, most of which came on a 12-yard option run. That was Tebow’s third run of 12 yards or more this year despite his minimal usage, which includes a 22 yarder back in Week 2.

If you’re a Robert Griffin III owner preparing for a championship matchup, make a speculative waiver claim on Tebow. There are far worse desperation plays if RG3 is held out again.

Comments (5)

  1. Rex Ryan is a loud-mouthed idiot and the next former coach of the Jets. He is done as the coach if Tebow doesn’t start.

    • He is done anyway and Tebow isn’t a starting NFL QB.

      • Micheal Irvin and Tebow’s W-L record would disagree with you. An awful lot of people said the same thing about Russel Wilson and Doug Flutie. Haters gonna hate but the proof is in the pudding.

        • One day the football-watching public will realize that a quarterback’s win-loss record is completely irrelevant as a statistic.

          Tim Tebow didn’t win any games in 2011. The Denver Broncos did.

          • Amen @Sean?
            One can only hope Tim realizes that too – when he gets to Jacksonville.

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