Earlier this year when the New York Jets traded for Tim Tebow, it was well evident that they were going to be the new drama capital of the NFL. Two games into preseason they haven't disappointed, or at least in that aspect.
With Tebow coming into the fold and with an inferno of a hot seat under Mark Sanchez, already in place, you have to wonder what is going through Rex Ryan's mind right now. He is practically in a no-win situation. If he starts Sanchez and runs any variation of the "wildcat" he will get criticized for forcing Tebow. On the other hand, if he benches Sanchez and starts Tebow he will still get criticized for benching his franchise quarterback for an unproven commodity.
Perhaps the biggest mistake the Jets made this offseason was their biggest splash, but only time will reinforce or dismiss that statement. No-win situation, still. The old saying is if you have two quarterbacks you don't have one. I guess you can apply that here, but so far through preseason the numbers will say it for you.
Through three quarters of first team offense that Jets group has put up zero touchdowns. Yup, zero. Sanchez is 13-17 for 80 yards with one interception, while Tebow is 9-22 with 96 yards in addition to one giveaway himself. But we can continue to play the blame game on Sanchez and Tebow, but the reality is that the Jets have more issues than the two quarterbacks, as Tim Keeney writes.
The offensive line has been bad leaving the Jets' duo out to dry nine times thus far. New York also lacks big time receivers, but to be fair Santonio Holmes, their best wideout, hasn't played in preseason so far as he is battling a rib injury. And unless Tebow gets moved to halfback the Jets will have to rely on Shonn Greene and an unproven Joe McKnight.
So yes, there are more problems on the Jets' plate than just who will be playing quarterback from week to week. Even though it's a forgone conclusion that both Sanchez and Tebow will get their shot at starting in New York there is still no answer to whether either one of them can get the job done. This team has 7-9 written all over them, but then again anything can happen once the real lights go on. Tebow time, anyone?
In the end, the Jets simply can't win. If Sanchez plays well, then what do they do with Tebow? But if Sanchez stinks it up early, Tebow enters, plays well and keeps his job, then there is no way Sanchez can stick around, right? I wouldn't think so. So if the Jets are going to bench their franchise quarterback in favor of Tebow they need to be certain that the Sanchez experiment is over, because there is no way he will stick around in my opinion.
There are still plenty of variations that need to be played out, but on the surface it really looks like the Jets are going to have one shaky, drama filled season. If the Jets were trying to say all the right things to stay out of the spotlight it worked, but once they signed the second-coming all of that went out the window and put gang green in this no-win situation. No matter if they do end up winning in the end.