Rex Ryan must be overwhelmingly convinced that Tim Tebow is a terrible quarterback. The Jets have nothing left to play for this season, and Mark Sanchez has been so terrible that he is finally benched.
This would be the perfect time to give Tim Tebow a shot, but the world's most popular backup will remain just that, as Greg McElroy will get the start in Week 16.
Ryan is offering little insight into his decision. Check out this quote from Ryan, as provided by ESPN's Rich Cimini:
I can answer this question a million ways--frontward, backward, sideways, anything else. It's my decision and I based it on a gut feeling or whatever. Everything it comes down to is, I believe it's the best decision for our team. That's the only factor that goes into these decisions.
In other words, Ryan is saying that Tebow is just terrible, but he doesn't want to trash the guy in the press. The problem is, what are the Jets gaining by this move?
If there is anyone outside of the McElroy family that thinks young Greg has the potential to be anything but a solid backup in this league, I have yet to talk to them.
Tebow, on the other hand, still has a legion of supporters who think he can be a viable starter. My guess is that Tebow has looked so terrible in practice that Ryan wants to avoid having him take over permanently under center at all costs.
The problem with Ryan's approach is that Tebow was surely similarly terrible for the Broncos in practice last year, and he still came in and racked up the wins.
Why not see if he can have a similar effect on the Jets?
They really have nothing to lose, and there is the possibility that Tebow would come in and spark the same kind of magic that he did for Denver last year. Or maybe he would just be terrible, but at least the Jets would know.