Mark Sanchez: Jets QB Should Be Benched for Tim Tebow After Bye Week

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 28:  Cornerback Nolan Carroll #28 of the Miami Dolphins forces quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets to fumble at MetLife Stadium on October 28, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Mark Sanchez has been awful.

When the New York Jets come back from their bye and return to action against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10, it should be Tim Tebow under center or in shotgun—really whatever formation the Jets feel most comfortable using the dual-threat star in.

The team is better off with Tebow starting now, because no matter what role he plays for New York—a glorified running back or a true dual-threat weapon—he gives the Jets a better chance to win football games than Sanchez.

Despite Tebow’s obvious mechanical flaws passing the football, his record proves he knows how to win games. With the combination of Shonn Greene and Tebow making the running game effective once again, the Jets could incorporate a very simple pass offense like the Denver Broncos did last season for the young QB.

New York is floundering at 3-5 and sitting at the bottom of the AFC East standings; now is the time for a change at quarterback, right?

Not according to Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about his stance on the QB controversy after Sunday's loss:

At times, Mark looked pretty good. When he had time to set his feet, he was fairly accurate with the football. We had some drops in there. Had that big drop (by Stephen Hill) in the endzone. I think Mark’s our guy. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I’m confident in Mark…If it was one guy, I think it’s easy to say we’d make that change, but I think Mark gives us the best chance to win. That’s how I feel. Can Tim be successful? Yeah, absolutely. We’ll look at that as well. But in my opinion, Mark as the starting quarterback gives my football team the best chance to win.

This sounds like Ryan has begun to defend his decision not to make a QB change instead of his player. The Jets coach can’t protect Sanchez forever, and the longer he rides with his choice, the farther down it will take him.

Tebow isn’t the best option, but it might be the only option the Jets have.

The calls for Tebow started in Week 1, and there is no better way to silence those calls than by allowing the enigmatic star an opportunity to start. If he fails, New York can put Sanchez back in and cut bait with Tebow.

If Tebow succeeds, though, Ryan and the Jets franchise look like geniuses. Where’s the risk?

Ideally, starting Tebow would not only quiet the critics, but it would awaken the part of Sanchez that the Jets thought they saw when they drafted him.

Maybe the “Sanchize” will earn his way back on the field with hard work and by paying attention to details. Maybe...


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