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.