Dolphins vs Jets: Mark Sanchez Debacle Forces New York to Keep Tim Tebow

David DanielsSenior Writer IOctober 28, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets completes drills before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Stop the Tim Tebow trade talk.

After the disaster that was Mark Sanchez’s Sunday afternoon against the Miami Dolphins, the New York Jets should hold on to any potential spark they have. Tebow proved last season that he’s capable of providing such a spark. And following yet another pathetic Sanchez performance, under center is a logical location for that spark to take place.

In the now 3-5 Jets’ 30-9 loss to their division rival, Sanchez completed 28 of 54 passes for 283 yards (most of which came in garbage time) and one touchdown to one interception.

And after that late-third-quarter interception halted one of the Jets’ few potential scoring drives—and a Sanchez fumble had already led to a Dolphins touchdown—Alan Hahn of the MSG Network tweeted:

And so ended the Mark Sanchez Era in New York….

— Alan Hahn (@alanhahn) October 28, 2012

New York is running out of time to make a change influential enough to catapult it back into playoff contention. If the quarterback position isn’t where to make that change, than what is?

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated stressed just how pitiful the Jets’ arsenal is and tweeted:

Say what you want about Mark Sanchez but the Jets have less weapons than Monaco.

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 28, 2012

Deitsch is on point, but who’s available to remedy such an issue?

Plaxico Burress? Terrell Owens? Those names shouldn’t ignite the slightest optimism into New York’s playoff hopes.

While Tebow isn’t the most credible quarterback in the NFL—he was just voted the most overrated player in the league—his resume is undeniable. Last season, he was the major difference between an abysmal Denver Broncos team that started 1-3 and an upset-hungry band of brothers that fought their way to the Divisional Round of the postseason. What’s keeping the Jets from throwing Tebow into the fire and seeing if he can pull off yet another Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego?

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported prior to Week 8 that, according to sources, New York won’t trade Tebow. But if the decision was in doubt prior to kickoff, it sure shouldn’t be now.

New York is low on options. And Tebow is one of, if not, its best.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.