Tim Tebow: Time for Rex Ryan to See If Backup QB Can Redeem the Jets

Jessica Marie@ItsMsJisnerCorrespondent IIOctober 1, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 9: Quarterbacks Mark Sanchez #6, left, and Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets during pre-game warm ups before the start of their game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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We're four games into the 2012 NFL season, and New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is struggling. Tim Tebow is waiting in the wings. What happens next?

Apparently, nothing. As we all expected, Jets head coach Rex Ryan is unwilling to budge on the idea of Tebow taking over for Sanchez, even though Sanchez has been awful.

Even though his passer rating hasn't surpassed 66.6 since Week 1. Even though the Jets are 2-2 and still have their most difficult games ahead of them. 

After the Jets took a resounding 34-0 whipping at home at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Ryan was asked—just as he's been asked seemingly every week—whether he's considered starting Tebow at quarterback instead of Sanchez. 

Ryan's reply, according to SI.com's Josh Hill

I think Mark’s the answer at quarterback. I think Mark is the answer. Again, time will tell.

For those of us who are still capable of seeing the silver lining, it seems like there's still room in the future—perhaps one week into the future—for Ryan to consider demoting Sanchez and promoting Tebow. "Time will tell." By that, he could mean that if Sanchez keeps blowing it, he'll have no choice.

But there are a lot of people who believe Sanchez has already officially blown it. There are a lot of people who believe that time has already told everything it has to tell, and it's telling us that Sanchez isn't working out.

Sanchez had one good week. One good week, among four weeks of preseason games and four weeks of regular-season games.

In that one good week, he beat up on the Bills, a team that didn't even send a defense out on the field against the Patriots on Sunday. The more the Bills play, the less and less impressive Sanchez's 266-yard, three-touchdown, one-interception performance seems. 

Since then, his passer rating has been dwindling week by week. It was 66.6 in Week 2, 58.2 in Week 3 and an atrocious 39.9 in Week 4. Since that game against Buffalo, he has twice thrown for 138 yards or less, and he has registered more interceptions (three) than touchdowns (two).

And yet, Ryan is sticking by his guy. During a critical stretch in which the Jets face the best team in the league in the Texans, followed by the Colts and the Patriots, Ryan is sticking by his guy.

There are those who say that Ryan has to stand by Sanchez so that Sanchez doesn't feel threatened, so that he can continue to develop without worrying about whether or not he's going to lose his job.

First of all, this is Sanchez's fourth year in the league. Develop a little faster, please. And secondly, at this point, it's probably safe to say Sanchez is already threatened. There has been a starting-caliber quarterback sitting on the bench watching him blow it for the past month.

The Jets have a weapon, and they're not using it. Tebow has a proven ability to lead teams back from their darkest hours and toward the promised land. He miraculously did it with the Broncos in 2011, while Sanchez simultaneously led the Jets to a 3-5 record during the most important stretch of the season. 

Maybe what Tebow did last year with Denver was a fluke. But if the Jets never try to find out, they'll never know.

Unless this team prefers to keep losing, there's really no good reason to avoid giving Tebow the shot he deserves.