Part of that identity means it really doesn't matter who's under center.
Not Mark Sanchez, who entered Sunday's game with one of the worst starts to an NFL season in history from an accuracy standpoint, but played the role of game manager well against the Colts. Not Tim Tebow, who many fans never want to hear from again, while others think he's Pro-Bowl worthy. Not even Greg McElroy.
It just doesn't matter.
That's because, as is so common with Rex Ryan-coached teams, the Jets are going to rely on stifling defense and a punishing run game.
I suppose you can say that was evidenced Sunday.
Shonn Greene entered full workhorse mode, carrying the ball 32 times for 161 yards and three touchdowns. As a team, the Jets ran the ball 44 times (to just 19 pass attempts) for 252 yards and three scores.
On the defensive side of the ball, New York held Andrew Luck to 50 percent passing, zero touchdowns and two interceptions—easily the worst game of his young career.
It's important not to overreact to this. The Colts were one of the worst teams against the run (4.7 yards per carry allowed) coming into the game. Luck, a rookie, was bound to have an ugly game at some point and the Jets got a needed boost from the home crowd.
Nonetheless, this goes to show you exactly how they're going to win games. With multiple key injuries on both sides of the ball, New York is going to have to slow the game down, bloody a few noses, win the possession battle and keep the game to a low-scoring battle.
They will do whatever limits the effect of the quarterback.
That means no Tim Tebow atop the depth chart.
As long as the running game is working like it was on Sunday, Rex Ryan and company will be willing to roll with the more experienced Sanchez—no matter how bad he's been—in a game manager role.
Moreover, the Jets are starting to carve out a role for Tebow that they are comfortable with. He's successfully converted two fake punts in a row, helps spring big runs by running the option, possesses an invigorating energy and brings along an important change of pace.
It wouldn't be a bad idea to give the big quarterback a few more touches just to further increase the versatility of this run game, but don't expect to see him starting under center anytime soon. The Jets' style of play is finally dictating that decision.
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