Tim Tebow: Why Jets Are Smart To Keep QB On Sidelines

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 8, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets throws the ball prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins on September 23, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow?

It's been the most hotly debated question in New York since the Jets acquired Tebow over the summer, and the arguments in favor of the former Broncos quarterback only amplified when Rex Ryan's team got pummeled by the 49ers in Week 4.

But those who suggest that Sanchez should be benched in favor of Tebow at this point in the season are wrong.

Earlier this week, the team announced that Santonio Holmes would be out for the remainder of the 2012 season, meaning that regardless of who is starting behind center for the Jets, they'll be doing so without easily the team's best receiver.

Unfortunately, the loss of Holmes likely spelled the end of the Jets' postseason hopes, no matter who the Jets' starting quarterback is.

Benching Sanchez this early in the season would indicate that the Jets no longer believe in the guy they signed to a three-year contract extension with $20 million guaranteed in March.

Yes, Tebow's run in Denver was inspiring, and no one can discount how he turned the Broncos' 2011 season around.

But that won't happen in New York.

Mark Sanchez isn't Kyle Orton (a journeyman quarterback who the franchise hoped would blossom into a starter). Sanchez is one year removed from leading the Jets to consecutive AFC championship games, and the team has missed the playoffs just once in his three years as a starter.

There's simply nothing to suggest that Tebow would give the Jets a better chance of making the postseason than Sanchez in 2012, so it's not worth kicking the guy who was essentially anointed the team's franchise quarterback seven months ago to the curb at this point.

Tebow could still turn out to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, but if Ryan were to ditch Sanchez in favor of Tebow now, it would be a knee-jerk reaction that could hurt the team in the both the short and long run.