New York Jets: Rex Ryan Smart to Avoid QB Change

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIISeptember 30, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jest prepares to play the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets were taken behind the woodshed by the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday to the tune of a 34-0 shellacking, but the ever-confident Rex Ryan isn't quite ready to make a quarterback change yet.

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta tweeted Ryan's postgame comments regarding the perceived quarterback controversy between starting quarterback Mark Sanchez and backup Tim Tebow:

Rex: "I'm not ready to make a quarterback change." #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) September 30, 2012

Sanchez completed 13-of-29 passes for just 103 yards and one interception in what was undoubtedly his worst performance of this young NFL season.

His lackluster effort prompted the MetLife Stadium crowd to start "Tebow" chants as the Jets put up three-and-outs all afternoon.

Tebow, on the other hand, was hardly featured in the Jets' anemic offense. The second-stringer completed the one pass he threw for nine yards and ran the ball two times for no gain.

Not only did Ryan confirm that a quarterback change wasn't imminent, but he also went on to say that Sanchez was still his guy (per Mehta via Twitter):

Rex: "I think Mark's the answer." #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) September 30, 2012

While some Jets fans may not be happy about Ryan's refusal to budge despite Sanchez posting three straight quarterback ratings under 67, the head coach said the right thing on Sunday.

Although Sanchez is turning into one of the more disappointing quarterbacks in the league, there's no reason for Ryan to jump the gun and throw Tebow into the starting lineup so early in the season.

For all of Sanchez's shortcomings under center, Tebow has more. Sanchez is wildly inaccurate downfield, but Tebow has problems hitting his receivers even from shorter distances.

Tebow would certainly jump-start the Jets' ineffective running game, but Brian Urlacher said it best after the Denver Broncos' 13-10 overtime win over the Chicago Bears.

The Jets beat the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 despite Sanchez, but the Week 4 debacle was not his fault. Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers played with a chip on their shoulder after an ugly loss to the Minnesota Vikings, and Ryan's team was the one to suffer the consequences.

Things aren't going to get any easier for Ryan, Sanchez and Co. before the bye week, as the New England Patriots and Houston Texans are on the slate.

Unfortunately for Jets fans, those two games will probably go into the loss column, but it won't be because of Sanchez.

Barring injury, Tebow belongs on the punt team and should only see action on the field as a change-of-pace quarterback in the Meadowlands.