With New York Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez on the decline, Jets head coach Rex Ryan has a responsibility to keep his team in this season. The all-Christian quarterback Tim Tebow has to be utilized in a way he can make an impact—as a starting quarterback in game four.
In his most recent victory against the lagging Miami dolphins, Sanchez looked frightened and lacked consistency. Sanchez threw 24 incomplete passes on 45 attempts, but was lucky in accumulating 306 yards with a few daring, long throws.
This style of play might work against the Miami Dolphins, but it will be shut down against a more competitive team—see his Week 2 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers kept Sanchez to a dismal 138 yards, completing only 10 passes for nearly double that amount in attempts (27).
Regardless of how Sanchez’s performance is viewed thus far, it still makes sense to put Tebow in for Week 4. He has yet to throw a pass for Gang Green and he can become a liability if he ever needs to go in for Sanchez.
Sanchez has had nothing but supportive words about his fellow quarterback. "Tim obviously helps us, he really does. He can run, he can throw, he can do it all,” said Sanchez (via ESPN).
The Jets’ attempt to use the former starting quarterback as a receiver has been a failed endeavor. Tebow has been awful on the read—he was struck in the head by a pass from Sanchez during the Miami game.
It is clear that Tebow’s only chance at having an impact in a game is as quarterback. The best way to utilize the controversial QB is by putting him in when Sanchez is off—so, now.
“You have to give him a series, it is not going to work until you give Tim Tebow the ability to go all the way down the field,” said ESPN analyst Skip Bayless (via ESPN). “You have to let him run his plays to set up the defense the way he does.”
The Jets created a serious dilemma for themselves when they added a second starting quarterback to their roster. Neither of them looks confident—one of them needs to step up.
Sanchez is currently averaging one incomplete pass for every two attempts. Until Sanchez can get his confidence up, Tebow should be given the chance to take the reins.