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Rex Ryan Has No Choice but to Start Tim Tebow to Save His Job

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets reacts as he coaches 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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Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 12, 2012

We knew it would happen. 

Mark Sanchez struggling. The New York Jets reeling. Rex Ryan on the verge of sheer desperation and...Tebow Time. 

Gang Green's over-hyped drama is playing out precisely like many envisioned prior to the season. 

And yes, it's certainly been over-hyped—we can thank ESPN's undying love of Tebow for that.

Less than two years removed from taking his club to consecutive AFC title games, Rex Ryan is inching ever so close to the hot seat in New York and, frankly, it's time to exercise every option. 

Sure, injuries have dampened the team's playoff aspirations, but, in the NFL, the injury excuse rarely saves a head coach's job. 

Faced with the most difficult predicament of his young head-coaching career, Ryan has really no choice but to start Tim Tebow—soon. 

I am a firm believer that Sanchez could be a serviceable quarterback with quality wideouts, a steady running game and a good defense. After all, the Jets did go deep in the playoffs in 2009 and 2010 with Sanchez under center.

But New York is lacking in all those areas, and it's turned Sanchez into a clearly ineffective starter, a guy who, if not benched, will likely get Ryan fired. 

The 2008 first-rounder is completing only 48.4 of his passes and his offense is 30th in overall points and touchdowns scored per drive. 

Sure, the Jets were competitive against a stout Houston Texans team on Monday Night Football to end Week 5, but Sanchez's interception sealed the win for Gary Kubiak's squad. 

A fitting but ominous end to New York's third loss in four games. 

The move to Tebow would clearly demonstrate that Ryan isn't complacent with the current situation, especially on offense, and that he is looking for a spark. 

After witnessing the abomination that's been the Jets' offense, why throw in Tebow? 

What's there to lose? 

Why not at least see if he can rekindle some of the same magic that helped revitalize the 1-4 Denver Broncos and led them to an AFC West title in 2011? 

For Ryan, it's desperate time. 

More specifically, Tebow time. 

It has to be. 

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