What Does Tim Tebow's Inactive Status Mean for Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy?

John RozumCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2012

Nov 22, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) during the game against the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving at Metlife Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
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Quarterback Tim Tebow did not suit up for the New York Jets in Week 13.

According to Brian Costello of the New York Post:

Tebow is officially inactive #nyj

— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) December 2, 2012

This, however, comes as no surprise because Tebow has been rarely used in 2012. In addition, the popular backup quarterback also had an injury that lead to his Week 13 status. Also from Costello:

Tebow broke two ribs in a game on Nov. 11 in Seattle. He still played against the Rams and was then active against the Patriots on Thanksgiving but did not play. [Greg] McElroy is active for the first time in his career against the Cardinals.

So, this set of circumstances things certainly can lead to some potential changes. That said, let's take a gander at Rex Ryan's quarterback situation.


Mark Sanchez

It's definitely easy to get impatient with Mark Sanchez in 2012. After all, the former top 10 pick has drastically underachieved over the course of this season—only 12 touchdowns to 10 interceptions, seven fumbles and a 55.4 completion percentage entering Week 13.

Now, lest we forget that it was only two years ago when Sanchez led Gang Green to two consecutive AFC championship games. And, he managed to best Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in consecutive weeks during the 2010-11 postseason.

Still, inconsistent regular season production remains an issue.

Throughout 2009 and 2010 there was minimal improvement and Sanchez was backed by a strong ground game and defense as well. All that said: Is Sanchez the legitimate future for New York's AFC franchise?

Well, he tossed three interceptions in the first half vs. the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. In short, the Jets must to turn to the former signal-caller of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Greg McElroy

Why not give the guy a shot?

At this point in the season and the limited potential ahead, Ryan and the Jets have literally nothing to lose by giving Greg McElroy the green light. Also, in an article by J.P. Pelzman of The Bergen Record via NorthJersey.com, Pelzman also feels McElroy deserves a shot:

McElroy’s abilities as an NFL quarterback are unknown. But the second-year pro showed poise during the preseason, even while dealing with some of the same issues as Sanchez, such as shaky protection and a lack of weapons.

There are other potential benefits to giving McElroy a chance, including the fact that Ryan would be sending a long-overdue message to the rest of the team that playing time ultimately is based on performance.

Plus, McElroy at least has proven consistency at the college level unlike Sanchez. There, McElroy won a national title in 2009 and went 24-3 during his final two seasons. Although Sanchez enjoyed a strong 2008 campaign, he still only had one legitimate college season.

Obviously in no way has McElroy proven his NFL capabilities. Nevertheless, it's not like New York's quarterback situation could get much worse.

Provided the Jets give him an opportunity a fresh change can at least provide a different perspective.


And the Future...

Which quarterback is the Jets' future: Tebow, Sanchez, or McElroy?

Or is it none of the above?

The latter is certainly an appealing path to take, because the Jets haven't had a consistently reliable signal-caller since Brett Favre. And that was for only a measly season.

Prior to Favre was Chad Pennington and a mixture of Vinny Testaverde, Kellen Clemens among others. In other words, plenty of quarterback changes in the 21st century.

Therefore, it's best to either switch to McElroy or put the investment on a new quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft. Regardless, Gang Green needs change because Tebow has been under-utilized and Sanchez continues to underachieve.


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