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.
Who Should Start?
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.
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.