Mark Sanchez vs Tim Tebow: Where Does Jets QB Situation Stand After Week 8?

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst IOctober 28, 2012

Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) reacts against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

After Week 8, Mark Sanchez's job was about as secure as it's been all season. Now, he's barely clinging to the New York Jets' starting quarterback spot. 

Despite losing to the New England Patriots in Week 7, Sanchez completed 28-of-41 passes for 328 yards with a touchdown and an interception. 

Against the Miami Dolphins in Week 8, the boos continually rained down in New Jersey, as the Jets were totally outclassed by their division rival, 30-9. Though Sanchez threw for 283 yards, he was highly ineffective for most of the afternoon and finished the day with a 65.5 QB rating. 

Still, though, Tim Tebow didn't throw a pass. 

So, after an abysmal effort at home, sitting at 3-5, in which direction do the Jets turn as they head into their bye week? 

Out of sheer desperation, it has to be Tebow time.

The critics will say that Tebow wouldn't be any better than Sanchez, and they'd probably be right. In all likelihood, he won't bring any more accuracy to the quarterback position than Sanchez. 

But when will the Jets realize that they aren't progressing with Sanchez under center? The playoffs—even in a mediocre AFC—seem like a long-shot while he's the starting quarterback, especially due to the drastically inadequate skill position players around him. 

At least with a Tebow-led offense, there isn't a major need for immense talent on the outside. Sure, it can be ugly, old-school and relatively boring, but Tebow was the most successful operating a significantly run-heavy offense in Denver.

Tebow's presence as the starter would certainly accentuate Rex Ryan's famed ground-and-pound attack, and it would undeniably give the Jets defense more time to rest on the sidelines. 

Would it be perfect? 

Heck no. 

But is it worth a try after watching what Sanchez has failed to accomplish this year? 


New York traded for Tebow this offseason, and now's the time to use him, that is, unless he was simply acquired as a marketing ploy.