Tim Tebow to Jets: Why Polarizing QB Will Never Be the Starter in New York

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IMarch 28, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets and quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos meet at midfield after the Broncos defeated the Jets 17-13 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Tim Tebow scored the game winning touchdown with 58 seconds remaining in the game.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow is now a New York Jet.

The recent acquisition of the polarizing quarterback has been met with a mixed reception. While many believe that Tebow is an unnecessary distraction for the Jets, others believe he is a dynamic player that opens up the offensive playbook.

Many fans and experts are predicting that Tebow will be the starting quarterback for the Jets soon, as he gives New York the best chance to win.

These people are wrong. Mark Sanchez is the obvious starter, and Tebow will never start a game in the Big Apple beyond an injury replacement.


Stats Place Sanchez Over Tebow

Every statistic worth noting places Sanchez well ahead of Tebow.

Sanchez had a passer rating of 78.2 last season, while Tebow had just a 72.9 passer rating.

The USC product also completed eight percent more of his passes and threw for more than double the touchdowns and yards as Tebow did.

Tebow may be a better runner than Sanchez, but the difference in passing is astounding. Sanchez has the skill set to be an effective starter for most of his career. Tebow has the makings of a solid backup.

Sanchez is also showing signs of improvement in each year. His passing rating, completion percentage, passing yards and passing touchdowns have all gone up each passing year.

Although he sometimes struggles with turnovers and poor decision-making, Sanchez is without a doubt the most skilled quarterback on the Jets roster.


Sanchez Is a Winner Too

Many fans and experts see Tebow as a "winner," but many of them do not consider Sanchez a "winner."

This is unfair, as Sanchez has achieved everything that Tebow has accomplished, and more.

In 14 NFL starts,  Tebow has an 8-6 record. That is a winning percentage of 57.1 percent.

In 47 NFL starts, Sanchez has a 27-20 record. That is a winning percentage of 57.4 percent.

Sanchez is also 4-2 in the postseason, while Tebow is only 1-1.

While many could argue that Sanchez's success is a result of a talented supporting cast, the Broncos certainly do not lack talent.


Sanchez Is as Clutch as Tebow

This one will shock you. Mark Sanchez is as clutch as Tim Tebow himself.

In 47 regular-season starts, Sanchez has completed nine fourth-quarter comebacks and 11 game-winning drives.

This lines up to Tebow's clutch factor. Tebow has six forth-quarter comebacks and seven game-winning drives in 14 starts.

By these measurements, both Sanchez and Tebow are among the most clutch quarterbacks in the NFL.

Sanchez has also been the better postseason performer. As well as having the better playoff record, Sanchez has completed more than 20 percent more of his passes and has a better passer rating.

The former USC Trojan has also executed two game-winning drives in just six playoff games. As a quarterback, he is tied for the most postseason road wins in NFL history.

As shocking as this may be, Sanchez is quickly developing into a postseason legend.



Although his ability in the wildcat will certainly help the team, Tebow is not a starting-caliber quarterback.

Sanchez is the better signal-caller in every way, and with him on the field instead of Tebow, the Jets have a better chance of winning.