Tim Tebow: Replacing Mark Sanchez as the Starter Would Ruin Jets' Season

Nicholas GossCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 18:  (L-R) Tim Tebow #15 and  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets stand around before the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 18, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Replacing Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback of the New York Jets after just one subpar performance in the first two weeks of the year would ruin the team's season.

Sanchez may not be the long-term answer at quarterback for the Jets, but neither is Tim Tebow. Jets head coach Rex Ryan needs to realize that replacing Sanchez as the team's starter at any point in the season would destroy his confidence, and to do it after just a few games would be catastrophic.

Sanchez had one of the better performances of his career in a convincing Week 1 victory over the Buffalo Bills, so there's no need to panic after Sunday's loss.

After all, the Jets lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who defended the pass better than everyone last season. The Steelers are an elite team, and losing to them is far from embarrassing.

Sanchez's stat line wasn't awful on Sunday, but it wasn't great either. He wasn't accurate, completing just 10 of 27 passes, but he did throw for one touchdown with no interceptions.

You cannot replace Sanchez after a loss to a top AFC contender, especially when he was not the only reason for the loss. Tebow was not going to pass any better against the talented Steelers defense than Sanchez did when the Jets wide receivers were dropping passes that should have been caught.

Making Tebow the starter not only has the potential to divide an already fragile Jets locker room, it would set off a media storm that would put more pressure on Tebow and the Jets to win games.

If the Jets ever make Tebow the starter over Sanchez, it's hard to imagine the former USC star ever recovering from the demotion.

The Jets don't need the controversy that making Tebow the starter would create when the team has the potential to do something special this season.

Replacing Sanchez as the starting quarterback at this point in the year would be a recipe for disaster. Unless the Jets start losing to inferior teams, and Sanchez is the main reason why, he should remain the starter at quarterback.