By Justin Emery
In the offseason the New York Jets decided it was a good idea to bring media and fan favorite Tim Tebow to New York and play backup to Mark Sanchez. Sanchez had struggled for two years after leading the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship games and they saw it as an opportunity to motive Sanchez. Their idea has seemed to backfire and Sanchez is being crushed under the pressure, if Tebowmania was big in Denver imagine what it will be like in the Big Apple if Tebow can orchestrate some fourth-quarter comebacks.
Rex Ryan needs to make the switch because at this point what is Sanchez doing that Tebow can’t? Neither one of them can complete a pass but at least one of them can run, so why not make the move? There are many positives to this; after losing their two best players CB Darrell Revis and WR Santonio Holmes for the season the Jets could use an injection into the fan base and stir up some morale, while at the same time taking some of the attention off the Giants.
Tebow made Willis McGahee more of a threat because of his ability to run, much like Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy do for each other in Philadelphia. Tebow should make Shonn Greene, who is having a terrible year, more effective. If the front office’s true intentions were to motivate Sanchez because he is their guy then few ways are better than benching him, Sanchez’s entire tenure with the Jets he has had no real worry about losing his job.
If the Tebow experiment works and he can salvage a season doomed for failure and make the playoffs then the Jets would be happy and in the offseason this debate will take on new life. If Tebow plays worse (as hard as that may be) then make the move back to a newly motivated and hungry Sanchez. Ryan and the Jets have exhausted all the other resources; why not go with the last resort.