The New York Jets are in sole possession of first place in the AFC east, a division perennially led by their rivals to the north, New England Patriots. Not only are they off to a 2-0 record within their division, but they are actually the only team in the NFL to have such a record in their division at this point in the season.
Yet, the aura surrounding the team in recent days seems to be anything but positive.
Darrelle Revis has torn his ACL and has been lost for the season while Mark Sanchez finds himself completing 50.5 percent of his passes; he qualifies for last in the league in that category. The once vaunted Jets defense seems soft against the run and vulnerable to the pass.
The offense, unable to run the ball effectively, has not done their part to keep the defense off the field, a staple in Rex Ryan's methodologies.
So, if Mark Sanchez continues to struggle statistically against San Francisco this weekend, is it completely unwarranted to start the Tebow chants? Certainly, Tebow would instantly improve the Jets rushing game, a facet of football that the Jets must improve on if they are going to win with the formula Rex believes in.
After a sloppy win in Miami and a blow to the teams identity losing Darrelle Revis, the Jets need a spark.
Fortunately for them, they happen to have the best spark plug in the NFL backing up their not-so-great starting quarterback. If Mark Sanchez was even a top-20 quarterback, than perhaps this conversation would not carry as much weight.
But, the fact of the matter is he is not.
Sanchez is leading a team that, up to this point, has a non-existent run game and little playmakers, if any. Tim Tebow could potentially address both of those weaknesses for the Jets while injecting hope into a team who took a serious shot to the confidence this past week.
Additionally, beyond the help that he could offer to the offense, Tebow brings energy to the game that is unmatched by any other player in the league. His Bronco teammates from last year stepped up dramatically upon his first start, not just on offense but both sides of the ball.
The Jets defense, even with Revis, has statistically not been a top-20 defense. They could use a boost of energy themselves.
If Mark Sanchez plays well enough against the 49ers to get a win, than he has earned the right to continue starting. But, must your team start losing before you decide to upgrade at struggling positions? Unless Sanchez starts performing much better, Rex will be answering these questions all year.