Mark Sanchez: Jets Must Bench QB in Favor of Tim Tebow

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 9, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets re-enters the game to replace Tim Tebow #15 in the first quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Things couldn't get much worse for the New York Jets' offense, even if Tim Tebow were to replace Mark Sanchez and play horribly.

Sanchez's current passer rating is 66.6. He's completed around 48 percent of his passes this season. He's thrown six touchdowns, six interceptions and lost three fumbles.

His sub-par play hasn't been the only reason New York has struggled, but it's a major part of it for sure.

Predictably, Sanchez's play has inspired the unmissable debate. With Tim Tebow waiting in the wings, Sanchez would have been under scrutiny if he was putting up Matt Ryan-like numbers for Rex Ryan's team.

That's the nature of the Tebow-hype machine, but it's hard not to justify it at this point. The Jets are in shambles, with no real strength to speak of. Leaving Tebow toiling on the bench, or using him in specific situations, isn't helping anyone at this point.

Tebow has only thrown two passes this season, completing one. He could have completed the other on Monday night, but Jason Hill dropped a flawlessly thrown deep pass.

It's not that Tebow is a massive upgrade in terms of talent. Anyone outside of a franchise signal-caller would struggle with the collection of talent New York has assembled on offense anyway, but he's a leader, he's unique and, perhaps most importantly, he's not Sanchez.

The Jets are in need of a change.

Tebow wouldn't necessarily result in a winning streak, but at least the Jets could say they tried. Leaving Sanchez behind center isn't proving anything, instead allowing his perpetual struggle to continue.

Sanchez is in his fourth year as the New York Jets' starting signal-caller. He only had one year of starting experience in college, but he's still past the breaking point on his learning curve. If it's not clicking by now, chances are it's not going to.

Tebow brings excitement. Jets fans groan when Sanchez takes the field. If you're going to lose, at least give your fans something intriguing to watch every single Sunday.

The Jets' offense is bland, and that might be an understatement. Using Tebow as a change-of-pace weapon was a nice idea at the beginning of the season, but Sanchez makes his case as a No. 2 quarterback every single week.

For Ryan and his coaching staff, it must be Tebow time.