I was beginning to think this was a dead issue, but apparently it is not. You would think that Rex Ryan’s consistent backing of Mark Sanchez would indicate that this is not worth discussing anymore, but apparently, we still have to. Take a look at my TL on Twitter every once in a while, and this is still very much an issue. The numbers are growing day by day, the Jets fans that want Mark Sanchez benched, and Tim Tebow annointed as the starter.
Before all of the Tebow fans call me a Sanchez apologist, read the entire article, then make your call. I am not, nor have I ever, said that Mark Sanchez is perfect. He is far from it, to be honest with you. He is maddeningly inconsistent, and his decision making makes all of us wonder from time to time. He will make a beautiful throw, and then follow it up with a throw where he attempts to place it through 3 defenders. Mark has not taken steps forward as an elite quarterback, period. There is no denying that. Mark Sanchez is not above being benched. My point here, and yet again, is that Mark Sanchez should not be benched for THIS quarterback. A viable backup, yes. But not this one.
TEBOW TIME IS NOT THE ANSWER
Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos on a magical run in 2011. You would have to be blind to not admit that. He took a football team that was dead in the water at 1-4, and led them to the playoffs, and a first round playoff win. Nobody can ever take that accomplishment off of Tim Tebow’s NFL resume, and he should be commended for it. But, let’s take a look at the team that he had, and compare it to the team that he has now.
Last year, he had Willis McGahee behind him. Not elite, but certainly a workhorse running back that can get the job done, no? He is a viable weapon in the running game, that cannot be denied. The Jets? Shonn Greene. A guy that we all know is NOT a workhorse. The Jets lead running back is a change of pace running back at best, and we all know it. This is the running back that Tim Tebow will have behind him if he takes over as the quarterback. Is this the dynamic running back that will be a viable weapon in the “read option”? No. What about the offensive line? Does the Jets offensive line perform any where close to the level of the Broncos? Absolutely not. Sorry folks, the team is not going to magically step up and become world beaters, thanks to the “great” Tim Tebow. It doesn’t work that way.