Tim Tebow: Jets Must Put More Faith in Backup QB After Mark Sanchez Failures

Alex KayCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 10: Tim Tebow #15 and Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets warm up before a preseason NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on August 10, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow might be the savior of the New York Jets, but the organization certainly isn’t looking at him that way just yet.

The team is set on using incumbent starter Mark Sanchez, who has been solid but unspectacular during his three years running the offense.

According to offensive coordinator Tony Sparano (via Rich Cimini of ESPN New York):

"Mark is a good athlete and he's our quarterback," he said. "I thought he has been playing really well right now for us and I don't see that kind of scenario at all out there."

The fact of the matter is that Sanchez hasn’t looked as dynamic as Tebow during preseason and wasn’t able to lead his team to the postseason following the 2011-12 season, while the former Broncos QB brought his squad to the Divisional round of the playoffs.

Tebow has been outplaying Sanchez and deserves to start, even if it means a quarterback controversy in New York. The media circus is something the team can afford to deal with, another poor year isn’t.

In the Jets first preseason game against the Bengals, they faced a tough pass-rush that forced two sacks on Sanchez, while Tebow was able to elude the pressure and gain first downs with his legs.

Considering that pass protection isn’t one of the Jets' strong points, Tebow is actually a better fit to run Sparano’s offense.

Head coach Rex Ryan feels that there is certainly a place for No. 15, but not as the main quarterback. He plans to use him more in Wildcat packages.

"Guys, the Wildcat is tough to defend," Ryan said (via Cimini). "Are we going to do it? Of course, at some point, we're going to do it. Some people think the Wildcat has come and gone. No, it hasn't. If anything, it's just the opposite."

It’s going to be difficult for Ryan to keep Tebow off the field if he finds success in the Wildcat should Sanchez struggle to evade the rush and make tough throws.

The Jets need to do whatever it takes to win in the tough AFC East, and if that means substituting Tebow for Sanchez on a more permanent basis, so be it.