New York Jets Must Ditch Mark Sanchez, Go for Broke With Tim Tebow
It's time for Tim Tebow in the Big Apple.
After a dismal performance from Mark Sanchez at home in Week 4 versus the San Francisco 49ers, the New York Jets need to make a change under center. On the day, Sanchez went 13-of-29 for just 103 yards and one interception. He was sacked three times, and Gang Green totaled only 145 yards on top of being shut out.
Now, yes, this was the Niners defense, but after Week 3 New York and San Francisco had every reason to be polar opposites in terms of confidence.
The 49ers fell to the Minnesota Vikings, and the Jets got a big road win over the Miami Dolphins. Unfortunately for Jets fans the momentum didn't carry over, and the offense was completely dominated throughout by San Francisco.
To that end, it couldn't hurt to give Tebow a shot. Therefore, let's see why Tebowmania needs an opportunity in America's largest market.
Sanchez Is Regressing
Sanchez has been on a decline since Week 1, when he went 19-of-27 for 266 yards and three touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills.
Well, Sanchez hasn't come close to that effectiveness in the past three games.
Going 10-of-27 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and 21-of-45 against the Dolphins, those games combine for a 43 percent completion percentage, and this week didn't help. And although Sanchez hasn't been sacked too often, his accuracy and decision-making have affected New York's offense.
The Jets simply need a playmaker at the helm, and Sanchez continues to slide after Week 4.
Tebow's Potential Impact
We've all seen the peaks and valleys from Tebow.
That said, despite him being a risk in terms of turnovers and accuracy, Tebow possesses a stronger arm and mobility to extend plays. The Jets, if anything, need a spark to ignite the offense, and Tebow is more than capable of getting things moving.
Lest we forget the Denver Broncos were 1-4 when he took over in 2011, and they ended up winning the AFC West. Obviously the AFC East is more difficult due to the New England Patriots, but Tebow still provides a more dynamic threat.
The read-option jump pass we saw against San Francisco is just a glimpse regarding his versatile skill set. That play alone, though, causes all linebackers to briefly freeze and can force a defensive line to put their hands up as a reaction.
In turn, Tebow could then slam inside for some yards or take a shot further downfield. Get him rolling on the outside, and his athleticism will create plays. At this stage the Jets are lacking production, and Gang Green is running out of options to find any consistency,
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Nothing to Lose
This is basically what the Broncos did with Tebow.
When the season doesn't begin as expected and the offense can't move the ball, there's literally nothing to lose. Sitting at 2-2, New York still has New England twice, Buffalo once more, the Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars remaining.
All those defenses are definitely capable of shutting down the Jets offense and putting more pressure on Rex Ryan's defense. Include other AFC teams such as the Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens expecting to be in the playoff mix down the stretch, and New York is fading fast.
So, the best way to fend off any kind of slump and get back on track is to make a change. In averaging only 11 points per contest through the past three games the Jets desperately need to give Tebow an opportunity.
If not, 2012 will only continue to get worse and worse.
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