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.
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.
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.
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.