Dear Rex Ryan, Please Play Tim Tebow, Signed America

Lou RomContributor INovember 18, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 11, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Dear Rex Ryan,

We hope this letter finds you well.

We know it's been a tough year for you, what with the whole Sanchez-Tebow debate and dealing with a meddlesome owner and GM who sound clueless about the state of your team.

But, to be honest, Rex, you brought a lot of this on yourself.

Anyhow, now that America has tackled the No. 1 issue on everyone's mind for the last 18 months—who should reside in the White House—it's time to decide on the second-most pressing issue: who should start at quarterback for your New York Jets.

We all know that Mark Sanchez is your boy, that you're a dance-with-the-one-who-brung-you kinda guy, that you would have preferred that Tim Tebow took his traveling salvation show to Jacksonville.

But you know what Timmy says when he's doing his end-zone kneel: something about having the strength to change the things he can.

Well, here's one thing you can change:

You can start Tim Tebow.

You can sit your starting quarterback, to whom your bumbling general manager gave a confounding contract extension last year, and give Jets fans a reason to start paying attention again.

Your guy, Mark Sanchez ranks 32nd out of 34 quarterbacks in the the league in total quarterback rating.

His team is 3-6 and mired in a three-game losing streak, and he is barely completing 50 percent of his passes this season.

His team has scored three offensive touchdowns in three weeks, and your fanbase is in revolt.

Again, your team is 3-6.

One more loss and you're likely out of the playoffs.

Why wait after the season is lost to start Tebow, who's nearly as accurate as Sanchez and protects the ball much better?

Start him now, while you still have a chance.

Your guy is damaged goods. He may survive the season physically intact. But his psyche is ruined. He'll never recover.

Sanchez has clearly regressed since taking the Jets to the AFC Championship game in 2010 and 2011.

And your No. 2 quarterback completed 46 percent of his passes last year, compared to Sanchez's 52 percent this year. 

More importantly, Tebow went 7-4 with 12 touchdown passes to six interceptions, a 2-to-1 ratio, and had another six touchdowns on the ground.

Here's a thought, Rex:

The guy who is 3-6 clearly does not give your team "the best chance to win," as you so often say. 

Maybe the guy who went 7-4 and set the NFL on fire last season does.

Give us all a chance to see.