After watching the Jets offense sputter along like the little engine that couldn't, I can't help but wonder how on earth Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano can justify keeping Tim Tebow on the sidelines.
Is it hubris?
Do they really think Mark Sanchez is a top-tier quarterback?
They can't be that delusional, can they?
Since Week 15 of the 2011 season, Sanchez has a record of 3-8, during which time he compiled these stats:
Sanchez has also fumbled the ball seven times this season, and he fumbled the ball 10 times in 2011.
I know he doesn't have much to work with on offense, but the truth of the matter is that Sanchez is clearly regressing. His confidence is shot and his body language out on the field of play is one of a defeated man.
Yet the Jets refuse to give Tebow a shot?
Listen, I'm not trying to say that Tebow is a better quarterback than Sanchez. He's not. What I am saying is that Tebow has a better shot at making a positive impact on offense for the Jets right now than Sanchez.
The Jets' current situation isn't unlike what was happening with the Denver Broncos a year ago. The Broncos were 1-4 heading into their bye week when head coach Jon Fox decided he didn't have anything better going on and turned the Broncos offense into Tebow's show.
At least the Broncos made some noise in the playoffs, though.
Tebow's stats during that 13-game stretch weren't spectacular. Heck, they weren't even respectable. Here's what Tebow did through the air in 2011:
Tebow also ran for 723 yards, scored seven rushing touchdowns during those 13 games and led the NFL's No. 1-ranked rushing attack in 2011. As a comparison, the Broncos are ranked No. 14 in 2012 with Peyton Manning and essentially the same corps of running backs.
Tebow is a proven winner, and he galvanized a group of players in Denver that was just as lost last year as the Jets are now.
The Jets can't run the ball right now, unless the Indianapolis Colts are in town. Putting Tebow into the starting lineup would change that in a heartbeat.
Sure, Tebow's accuracy is always going to be an issue. Sure, any offense he leads will sit stagnant for most of the game, but isn't that what's already happening with Sanchez under center?
Now, with the Jets at 3-5 heading into their bye, things look just as hopeless on offense as they did for the Broncos a year ago, and Tebow is just waiting for his chance to shine.
But, for reasons unknown to me, the Jets refuse to give Tebow a shot to turn their sinking ship into a seaworthy vessel once again. Ryan and Sparano are being as stubborn as a couple of old mules on this subject, and I predict that both of them will be gone next season as a result.
Until then, the chants of "Teeee-Bow!!" will continue resounding at MetLife Stadium the rest of the way in 2012.