Mark Sanchez: Jets QB Shouldn't Be Replaced with Bad Outing vs. Texans

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIOctober 6, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers defeated the Jets 27-10.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets and quarterback Mark Sanchez seem to be in complete disarray despite being tied atop the AFC East division. Replacing the Gang Green gunslinger in the event of a poor Monday night outing against the Houston Texans would only compound the team's problems, though.

As is commonplace in the NFL, the quarterback is shouldering the lion's share of the blame. Sanchez, for whatever shortcomings he might have, is still a better passer than Tim Tebow.

Not to take anything away from Tebow's playoff run of 2011, but he actually had some decent pieces around him, not to mention a great defense. Against the 49ers last week, the Jets certainly seemed to miss Darrelle Revis quite a lot, and he will be gone for the rest of the year with an ACL injury.

Speaking of the San Francisco game, top wide receiver Santonio Holmes suffered a Lisfranc foot injury in Week 4 that will sideline him for the remainder of the year.


Outside of Holmes, the only other receiving threats on the Jets roster are rookie Stephen Hill, Chaz Schilens, and Jeremy Kerley.

With stellar pass-catching tight end Dustin Keller and Hill both questionable, the Jets enter their tilt in Reliant Stadium as even heavier underdogs.

Not only is the passing game in dire straits, but Sanchez can't even rely on the running game for any support. At what point do the Jets give up on Shonn Greene as their No. 1 workhorse back? Behind him sits Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight, who haven't proven anything in the NFL.

Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has always been a stellar coach, and his personnel group is frightening. Tebow may be able to provide some playmaking magic with his scrambling ability, but either Jets QB is going to have their work cut out for them.

If it is a lopsided start, New York should stick with Sanchez to give him tough reps against a stout defense.

The team didn't sign him to a huge contract extension to ride the bench after what will be a 2-3 start at worst.

So frequently, the prisoner-of-the-moment mentality that makes the NFL so exciting will lead to overblown, instantaneous assessments. As bad as it seems to be for the Jets, they are still in first place in their division. In fact, they are 2-0 in AFC East play thus far. All of this has occurred with Sanchez under center. The notion that Rex Ryan's crew has nothing to lose by plugging Tebow in is ridiculous.

What's more, the schedule lightens up for Sanchez and the offense after what's sure to be a stiff challenge in Houston.

In the subsequent three games, the Jets play host to Indianapolis, at New England, and home against Miami. None of those three pass defenses is terribly intimidating.

The impact of Revis' absence on defense remains to be seen, because the Jets were simply outmatched by the Super Bowl contending 49ers. What can be said about the offense, though, is that Sanchez has been inconsistent. However, he has been brilliant at times this season.

With a favorable schedule following the Texans game and plenty of season still at stake, Sanchez deserves to be allotted at least that much time. If he can't prove himself by then—and the Jets take a nosedive in the standings—then by all means, clamor for "Tebow Time."