Peek-a-boo! Mark Sanchez's worst nightmare could become a reality if his performances continue.
It took three poor performances in a row, with a shutout loss to the San Francisco 49ers serving as the icing on the cake, but the cries for Tim Tebow to supplant Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback of the Jets have begun.
ESPN's Rich Cimini gave his three-up, three-down stock watch after the game. I'll recap the important parts in six words: Up? Tim Tebow. Down? Mark Sanchez.
"[Sanchez is] definitely our guy," Ryan said, according to Conor Orr of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger. "I mean we've had some poor performances in the past, and not just from our quarterback, from our team and we've been whipped pretty good, but I'm confident we'll come back."
Perhaps the question shouldn't be whether Tebow starts, but whether they finally begin to take the leash off. Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post writes:
The truth is, we’re asking the wrong question about the Jets...It should be: Isn’t it time to unshackle [Tebow]? Isn’t it time to unleash his segment of the playbook, which was supposed to be thicker than “The Power Broker?”
Like it or not, Sanchez, even in his present condition, is one of the few members of the Jets’ present incarnation — both sides of the ball — with a proven ability to make plays. He has led game-winning drives. He has won NFL playoff games. And on a team whose No. 1 receiving option is now Chaz Schilens, and whose best running back, Shonn Greene, is currently averaging 2.8 yards per carry, the last thing it needs is to have even fewer playmakers on the field.
That's a take I agree with. It's foolhardy to expect that Tim Tebow could come in and turn things around—even if he has done this before with the Denver Broncos. The Jets have a plan for their season, and although injuries to Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes have certainly put a damper on their playoff hopes, those two injuries and Sunday's loss should not be the catalyst for throwing out the whole script and starting over.
Ask me again if the Jets look that bad on offense again next week.
Here is some more news, analysis and updates from around the AFC East.
Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe offers his consistently sharp analysis of the Patriots 52-28 win over the Bills.
Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com thinks minor changes won't be enough to solve the Jets' problems.
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York breaks down the defensive snaps from Sunday's loss to the 49ers.
Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sportsradio writes that Bills defensive end Mario Williams faced a lot of one-on-one matchups that he couldn't win against the Patriots.
Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News writes that the early timetable for guard Kraig Urbik and tackle Cordy Glenn is to miss two weeks.
Bleacher Report Dolphins featured columnist Alessandro Miglio writes that the Dolphins need to cut ties with wide receiver Legedu Naanee.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.