Tim Tebow or Greg McElroy: Who Should Replace Mark Sanchez?

Nick KostoraContributor IIIDecember 2, 2012

Nov 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) rushes against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

In Week 13 the New York Jets finally turned the reins over to their backup quarterback, Greg McElroy.

As Tim Tebow sat on the inactive list with a rib injury, head coach Rex Ryan finally saw enough poor play out of Mark Sanchez that he felt the need to bench his supposed franchise quarterback.

Sanchez started the game with just 97 yards passing and three interceptions before giving way to McElroy. The former Alabama Crimson Tide signal-caller then threw for 27 yards and a touchdown.

With the Jets sitting at 5-7, there is no reason to ride out the Sanchez train any longer. New York should turn to their bench and see what kind of play they can get out of either Tebow or McElroy.

The question is: Which one?

May have been eagerly awaiting the chance for Tebow to start for the Jets, but the fact of the matter is that Ryan has clearly not wanted to entertain that idea. Tebow has attempted a mere six passes all year and run the ball only 29 times.

The "Tebow-centric" packages that were touted heavily in the offseason have become non-existent and Tebow has become nothing more than a glorified bench-warmer. His style of play may not lend itself easily to the Jets' offense and Ryan has not wanted to travel down Tebow road.

Sanchez has played badly on multiple occasions this season, but the head coach waited until the game where Tebow was inactive before finally relegating Sanchez to the bench. Is McElroy more exciting than Tebow? No.

What McElroy does have over Tebow is the sense of safety he brings to the offense. McElroy is going to quietly run the offense without much media hype or buzz. He can be a "game-manager" QB that is not going to win the Jets any games, but rarely will he make mistakes that cost New York games either.

Tebow is the opposite. We have all seen the examples from Denver where Tebow rallied the Broncos late in games to win in the fourth quarter. The problem is that his poor play often put the team behind to begin with.

So, who is the better option for New York right now?

With the Jets already out of the playoff race, why play for safety? Give Tebow a chance to showcase his talent and validate the theory that New York brought him in for a reason. Right now, trading for Tebow seems like little more than a publicity stunt.

He has a unique skill set and can dominate in the "ground-and-pound" type offense that the Jets have always wanted to run but have strayed away from in recent years.

Yes, starting Tebow will only ramp up the media scrutiny and pressure on the Jets organization. However, he could also show signs of hope moving forward.

The bottom line is this: New York traded for Tebow for a reason, and now is the time to let him prove his worth.