The result of this football game could mark the end of the Mark Sanchez era as well.
As well all know, the Jets fanbase, including I am sure a lot of people reading this post, are not happy that Mark Sanchez is still the starting QB of this football team. They are tired of his inconsistent play, and frankly, can’t look at the guy in the Jets huddle anymore. You all know where I stand, that isn’t the point of this.
2-4 is a hole, but it is a hole that can be saved. If it were to get to 2-5 or 2-6, that is a different story. It’s highly unlikely that any team is going to make a comeback from a 2-5 record or a 2-6 record to a playoff spot. A 2-4 record can be saved. If a change is going to be made at quarterback, my suspicion is that the change will come if the Jets lose on Sunday.
The Jets cannot go back to Mark Sanchez if they make the move to Tim Tebow, for a few reasons. The first is that you will have destroyed Mark Sanchez’s confidence. You can tell from the way he talks, he is not a brash guy that will be able to recover from a benching. The offense will also be taking on a different identity with Tebow as the quarterback, and that identity will be so different that Mark will not fit in the lineup any longer. If the move is made, the changing of the guard will be in place, with no going back.
Keep in mind, Denver was 1-4 when they made the move to Tebow, strikingly similar to the Jets 2-4 record they would have if they lose to the Colts.
This becomes the ultimate test of the Rex Ryan’s coaching ability. Does coach Ryan have the ability to get this current quarterback to play above his ability? Does he have the correct pulse of his team, to know the right time to move to Tebow? Can he turn this team around? He has lost his major stars on both sides of the football, it is on the head coach to get this team to over perform.
It starts Sunday. The Jets performance, and Rex’s coaching decisions will determine the course of the 2012 season. And they will be a defining moment of the Rex Ryan era.