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 head coach Rex Ryan before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Forgetting the fact that Rex said he wasn’t going to make a change, he is going to stay true to that. Why? Because it goes deeper. Not only is Mark Sanchez the starting quarterback, he is the FACE OF THE REX RYAN ERA. It’s not Bart Scott, nor is it Santonio Holmes, or Darrelle Revis. It’s Mark Sanchez. The first big move Rex Ryan and company made when they arrived in New York was to trade up in the 2009 draft to get this guy. If they move him to the bench now, Rex Ryan will be admitting he made a mistake, and he is a stubborn guy. He is not going to make that kind of admission during the season.

Could they bring in a guy during the offseason? Maybe. Could they draft someone? Maybe. Would they give Greg McElroy a shot to compete next year? Possibly. That’s an open QB compettion. Then, if someone outplays Mark Sanchez, Rex can reference that and say that person “gives us the best chance to win”. But, if the Jets move Mark to the bench now, they can’t go back. His career will be over with the New York Jets. The clamour and the excitement of having Tim Tebow in the game will be so great, that he will never be able to go back. That is not a step that Rex Ryan is willing to take.

Let’s not forget about Rex Ryan’s greatest goals, to beat the New England Patriots, and to win the Super Bowl. Look at Tim Tebow’s performances against New England last year: during the regular season he went 11-22 for 194 yards, and in the divisional playoff game he went 9-26 for 136 yards. This is not the type of weapon that Rex Ryan is going to want in the game when the common goal is to beat the New England Patriots. The Patriots figured this guy out last year. Nothing Tony Sparano can do is going to change that.

If Rex Ryan and the staff of the New York Jets had any faith in this guy as a quarterback, they would have used him by now. I don’t see how it can be seen any other way. There have been countless opportunities to use Tebow in situations where he has been proven successful, but yet they have not used him. The coaching staff doesn’t want him. They are not going to use him. It may be the popular choice, but it will never happen.

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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.