Tebow is the Popular Choice, but Won't Happen for the Jets

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Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) fakes a handoff to New York Jets running back Jonathan Grimes (21) during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

As we make our way through the bye week, the inevitable question has begun again, should the Jets make the move for Tim Tebow? Is it the right time? Why are the Jets sticking with this guy? Why won’t the Jets admit that they are wrong about Mark Sanchez? It’s barely 48 hours since the game ended, but these are the questions that are starting to fill the minds of Jets fans.

The questions come from the other side too. Why won’t the Jets equip Mark Sanchez with a decent set of weapons? How is Mark supposed to be effective with an offensive line that is far past its dominating days? They can’t run the football, how are they going to be effective at passing the football? These qre the questions that come from the Mark Sanchez support team, myself included.

No matter which side of the coin you are on, all of these questions are valid. Heck, even I know that Mark Sanchez hasn’t done anything to distinguish himself as the starting quarterback going forward. His completion percentage is 52.9%, which is hardly worthy of a starting quarterback in this league, much less of a team that has Super Bowl aspirations. He used to be a master at the come from behind win, now we are nervous when his first read isn’t open, and his feet start to “dance”. He is not the quarterback that he was in his first two years.

Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) calls out a play against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Dolphins won 30-9. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

There are some valid reasons around him. The offensive line has been terrible. They have not opened holes for the running game all season long. Mark has been under his share of duress as well. Don’t even talk about his class of weapons, which when they can sty on the field, is not very good. There are these reasons. But as we all know, you can’t fire an entire offensive line, or wide receiver corp at the same time, so the easiest change to make is at quarterback.

So, why not make the move to the backup quarterback? On any underperforming offensive team, the backup quarterback is always the most popular player. Whether or not it is Tim Tebow, this is always the case. We have seen it all before, and for years. It just makes it that much more complex when the backup quarterback in question is Tim Tebow. His legions of diehard fans pull for this guy to play, through thick and thin. They have fair points, he is certaiinly more of a fiery leader than Mark Sanchez. He has inspired players to great heights, taking a 1-4 team to a first round win in the playoffs. He certainly has had success.

So why not? Rex will never do it, that’s why.

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  • amerilew1025

    It’s not a lack of faith per se in Tebow, but a fear of some success that will crumble fragile Mark S. Rex is totally tied to Sanchez by his own choice. Fans don’t seem to see that reason for Tebow staying on the sidelines. To Rex, his declaration that MS is the qb and will be the qb is the yardstick of his coaching reputation. If Mark fails, Rex fails. I don’t think that is true UNLESS Rex keeps making Mark S. more important than the team or fans. That won’t secure Rex’s reputation at all. Doing something really difficult like benching MS, swallowing some pride, and seeing the ‘real’ picture might show him to be what he wants people to see. Play Tebow would be a good thing. I wrote several times earlier that the Jets wasted all pre-season as far as Tebow goes by not putting in any meaningful plays. They have done with TT exactly as they planned. Pump up MS, sell some seats, put on a show, and stick with MS. If changes, and drastic ones at that, are not made next week, Rex will not survive this year much less next year and MS will go with him. imho.