For the Jets offense it was their second straight inept effort, only this time around they managed to not even put any points on the board (the one touchdown came from Muhammad Wilkerson returning a Russell Wilson fumble).
The final tally for Mark Sanchez: 9-of-22 for 124 yards and an interception with a quarterback rating of 40.7. With numbers that inept, you know who will wind up having something to say about who should be the Jets' starting quarterback next week when they take on the St. Louis Rams.
Well, during the game he did have something to say:
Rex Ryan and Tony Sporano continue to embarrass themselves using Tebow as a short-yardage battering ram. Not fair to him or Off-The-Mark.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 11, 2012
Further intensifying the "Start Tebow" talk: Tebow actually played pretty well, running the ball four times for 14 yards, then going 3-of-3 passing the ball for eight yards. NFL.com even gave him his own little highlight package.
But despite what the stats might show (which really they don't show too much), or what Skip Bayless or Tebow fans might want the Jets to do, Tim Tebow will not be the Jets' starting quarterback.
Not as long as Mike Tannenbaum is still the Jets' general manager.
Mark Sanchez is Tannenbaum's guy. The cost that went into Sanchez justifies (rightly or wrongly) his remaining the Jets' starting quarterback for the rest of the season, even if it means sinking the Jets' 2012 season. (Though to be fair, it's not all on Sanchez; not too many teams could survive losing their best player on defense and their best wide receiver within the span of two weeks.)
Tannenbaum traded three players and two draft picks for the chance to draft Sanchez in 2009, and in his first two years Sanchez delivered trips to the AFC Championship Game, something the Jets had only done twice before Sanchez' arrival.
Despite a disappointing finish to last season, the Jets still signed Sanchez to a three-year extension worth $20.5 million in guarantee. This is only year one of that deal.
Tim Tebow, on the other hand, is fairly expendable, with a 2013 cap hit of only $2.085 million and with most of his money based on incentives he's not likely to meet if the Jets continue to use him in the manner they have.
Breaking it down into salaries alone, Sanchez is the starting quarterback without any argument. Based off of performance, Sanchez is still the starting quarterback.
One has to feel bad for Sanchez, who, to his credit, has been a great sport throughout the Tebow drama and continues to show some heart every week no matter what happens. With the season the Jets have had, most other quarterbacks would've folded. New York has learned a lot about the character of Mark Sanchez, and while football-wise he has had his struggles (again worth mentioning, he's been without Santonio Holmes since Week 4), his character and heart have proven to be solid.
This was a bad year for him, but he's likely to bounce back from this, likely while wearing a Jets uniform.
Tebow on the other hand? While he too is known for his heart and character (in case that hasn't been mentioned enough), he likely won't be a Jet next season despite what Jets owner Woody Johnson has stated earlier this season. To add to that, Mike Tannenbaum will likely be back next season, per TurnOnTheJets.com, with an NFL executive stating:
“The GM has the owner convinced that he isn’t at fault. He will play the Revis and Holmes injury card and plus he can play the Blame Rex game. He is brilliant at that.”
With no Rex and no Tony Sparano, don't expect to see Tebow wearing green next season.
Sanchez, however, will likely get a shot at redemption, and one that will actually be well deserved.