Tim Tebow: Benching Mark Sanchez in Favor of Tebow Would Be Unwise for Jets

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IISeptember 30, 2012

Sept 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) during the first half of their game against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
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The New York Jets were blown out by the San Francisco 49ers and Mark Sanchez had another poor game, but now is not the time to turn to Tim Tebow.

The Jets lost 34-0 as the offense put up just 145 yards in total offense. Sanchez completed 13-of-29 passes for 103 yards and an interception. 

Tebow was only given one opportunity to throw the ball, and he completed his pass for a nine-yard gain. He also had two rushes, but failed to gain any yardage.

After the game, head coach Rex Ryan stated that he would not be switching signal-callers, despite the rough loss and Sanchez’s disappointing performance, as reported by the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta.

There is a powerful argument for starting Tebow. Just like the Denver Broncos last season, the Jets' defense is struggling—even more so now that Darrelle Revis is out—and the offense is failing to make plays.

With Tebow at quarterback, the offense will be extremely run-heavy, thereby controlling the clock and keeping the defense fresh. The offense was already short on talent at the skill position, and Santonio Holmes’ injury may further deplete their receiving corps.

But the Jets are in a much different situation that the Broncos were when they benched Kyle Orton in favor of Tebow. New York has invested significantly more in Sanchez than Denver did in Orton. 

After giving up two picks in order to move up and select Sanchez fifth overall in 2009, the team handed him the starting quarterback job and started referring him as “Sanchize” due to his role as the franchise QB.

Orton had spent time as both a backup and a starter before being benching in favor of Tebow. Sanchez has only been a starter since coming into the NFL, and sitting him down would be irreparably damaging to his confidence and his role on the team.

If the Jets decide to start Tebow, they must be ready to permanently move on from Sanchez as their starting quarterback.

After just four games, the Jets still have a 2-2 record. It is too early in the season to make such a drastic change in the direction of the franchise.

If the Jets continue to struggle, there will come a time during this campaign where starting Tebow is a smart and sensible move. But that is further down the road, and the Jets are wise to stay patient with their situation at quarterback.