What Will It Take for Tim Tebow to Supplant Mark Sanchez?

Nick KostoraContributor IIISeptember 23, 2012

Aug 10, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) and Tim Tebow (15) stretch prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Jets all but encouraged drama by signing Tim Tebow, and now Mark Sanchez's poor play is raising the question of what it will take for Tebow to supplant him.

After all, Sanchez refuses to be a consistent presence on the field or off of it.

In Week 1 he played to the potential he is capable of, throwing for 266 yards and three touchdowns, but in Week 2 he regressed to the type of mediocrity that has been displayed far too often.

Sanchez threw for a mere 138 yards in that contest with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and has followed that up with an early Week 3 interception against the Miami Dolphins.

Do the Jets believe Sanchez is capable of being the long term answer at quarterback?

More importantly, can New York handle the unpredictable nature of Sanchez's quality of play?

Because for all of Tebow's faults, knowing what to expect from him is not one of them. Tebow is going to be a leader both on and off the gridiron.

He is going to be a versatile member of the backfield that forces opposing defenses to drastically alter their game plans to account for his unique style of quarterbacking. 

On 271 pass attempts in 2011, Tebow threw only six interceptions. Sanchez threw 18 interceptions on 543 attempts.

With Tebow at the helm, the Denver Broncos led the league in rushing last season, averaging 164 yards-per-game on the ground.

The Jets averaged just 105.

Tebow may be just the jump start that the Jets offense needs to truly become the "ground-and-pound" force that head coach Rex Ryan intends it to be.

So, what else must happen for Tebow to assume the starting role?

Sanchez's instability and lack of consistency are almost givens at this point.

He has not thrown for 300 yards in back-to-back games in his entire career, and last season he threw at least one interception in all but four games.

New York plays in one of the most competitive divisions in all of football in the AFC East, and can not afford to lose games early in the season.

What is happening offensively right now is clearly not working, and this is not a rush to judgement because it is the same mediocrity that has been displayed since Sanchez took over in 2009.

Tebow is never going to lead the league in passing yards, but he is going to make the Jets offense more dynamic and versatile.

Defenses are never going to fear Sanchez.

They would have to worry about Tebow.