After the latest comments emanating from the cesspool that is the Jets locker room, it's clear that Tim Tebow won't ever be accepted as a leader for this team.
The prevailing thought in the organization is that Tebow is nothing more than a gimmick. “He’s terrible,” a defensive starter told the Daily News.
Left guard Matt Slauson, who has repeatedly supported Sanchez, made it clear that the fourth-year signal caller is the Jets’ best quarterback. “It’s not even close,” Slauson said. “All the other quarterbacks know it. I have all the confidence in Mark. We don’t really have a choice. We have Greg . . . and we have an athlete"
There's a lot more juicy crap being flung in that locker room, and for a full report, read Mehta's full column.
On the one hand, it's admirable that so many teammates and coaches have continued to back Sanchez. At some point, though, you have to take a look in the mirror and accept the fact that Sanchez is one of the league's worst quarterbacks—right there with Blaine Gabbert, John Skelton and Matt Cassel.
The Jets just don't believe in Tebow.
The players in the locker room are convinced that he's nothing more than a gimmick quarterback, and as such, it would be ridiculous to insert him into the starting lineup.
It just wouldn't work the same way it did for Tebow with the Denver Broncos. He had that team believing in one another and in him, and his play on the field is what triggered that belief.
The Jets witnessed it firsthand in Week 11, when Tebow's Broncos beat them 17-13, thanks to a game-winning drive led by Tebow and capped off by Tebow's 20-yard touchdown run with 58 seconds remaining on the game clock.
I guess sometimes seeing isn't believing.
No matter how atrocious the offense gets with Sanchez behind center, there's no way the Jets would be better off with Tebow at this point. You have to believe you can win in order to win, and nobody except Tebow believes in Tebow right now in the Jets locker room.
The Jets are not going to turn things around, though, and I won't be surprised to see Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez and Mike Tannenbaum all hit the road before January 1, 2013.