Mark Sanchez Deserves Final Chance to Prove Himself vs. Texans

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IOctober 3, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 30:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets passes against the San Francisco 49ers during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 30, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Mark Sanchez deserves a final chance to prove himself in Week 5 versus the Houston Texans, whose defense will be a fantastic test for the struggling New York Jets quarterback.

Sunday's embarrassing 34-0 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers sparked the weekly debate as to who should start for the Jets at quarterback, but there was no way that Tebow would have done any better against that elite 49ers defense last weekend.

The Texans have the second best pass defense in the NFL, and absolutely dominated the Tennessee Titans last week with an impressive defensive performance.

There's absolutely no reason to start an inaccurate quarterback such as Tebow against a Texans defense that allows the second fewest passing yards per game, ranks fifth in sacks and second in opposing quarterback completion percentage.

Sanchez is a better pocket passer than Tebow, so he gives New York the best chance to win this week. Tebow has not been very effective running the football, with just 38 yards on nine carries, and there's little chance his success on the ground would improve against a Texans defense with phenomenal speed and athleticism.

It's too early to judge Sanchez's fate for the rest of the season, since the team around him is so poor. It would be unfair to Sanchez if head coach Rex Ryan benched him in favor of Tebow when the team has suffered injuries to key players on offense.

The lack of a good running game is also hurting Sanchez. The Jets rank 24th in the league on the ground, and this lack of balance on offense isn't going to help any quarterback.

You cannot expect Sanchez to have success against top defenses such as the 49ers and Texans when he is forced to sit in the pocket and throw to a group of lackluster receivers when he has no support from the running game.

The Jets defense isn't doing him any favors, either. New York is allowing 27.3 points per game thus far.

If the Jets lose on Sunday, the chances are high that the defeat won't be on Sanchez. The Texans have the most balanced offense in football, and an elite defense, especially against the pass. Even a top quarterback such as Aaron Rodgers would struggle against a defense as good as Houston's, especially without a running game.

Sanchez gives the Jets the best chance for a victory on Sunday, so it would be foolish to bench him and start Tebow.

He deserves one more chance to prove himself, and show that he can create offense in the passing game and limit his mistakes.