New York Jets

Tim Tebow: Settling New York Jets' QB Dilemma Once and for All

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  (L-R) Tim Tebow #15 and Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets talk during warm ups against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Mike HoagCorrespondent IINovember 11, 2012

The Tim Tebow saga is not going away as long as the polarizing quarterback remains in the NFL, let alone in the Big Apple. That leaves us all to endure what seems to be a never-ending debate as to whether the left-handed mobile QB should be the starter for the New York Jets.

Tebow isn’t happy about it, Mark Sanchez isn’t happy, you’re not happy, I’m not happy…. It’s getting out of control at this point.

But, it’s not going to stop.

Consistency is one thing. That’s perfectly understandable. Rex Ryan is under a microscope in New York and doesn’t want to upset the powers that be by benching the team’s first-round quarterback.

But there are bad quarterbacks in the NFL, and there is Mark Sanchez.

Tebow may not be a very accurate or ideal passer, but neither is Sanchez. In fact, Sanchez has been the least accurate of any quarterback this season. He’s actually ranked 33rd (52.9 percent) in the NFL in completion percentage, falling behind rookie Brandon Weeden (55.1 percent) and both of Arizona’s quarterbacks.

It gets even worse for the embattled QB. Not only is he wildly inaccurate but he’s also a lousy leader and fails to rise to the situation when the team needs him to step up.

Sanchez has the most games with a QBR of under 15 since he came into the league in 2009 (12). Matt Hasselback (10) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (8) are the next closest, according to John McTigue of ESPN Stats & Info. That’s some good company to be in.

On the flip side, Tebow is a leader who’s not going to win many games by out-throwing opposing teams. He’ll do it with lulling defenses into committing to stopping the run and then hitting them over the top with calculated deep shots.

He’s done it before and led the Denver Broncos to a playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last season by doing just that.

Why couldn’t he do it again with a Jets team that has been driven into the ground by former No. 5-overall pick Mark Sanchez?

The decision for Rex Ryan is a lose-lose endeavor. If he chooses to continue to go with Sanchez and the team keeps losing, he could lose his job. If he rolls with Tebow and fails miserably he upsets the organization and could lose his job as a result.

Sticking with Sanchez makes the most sense for Ryan if he’s planning for the future. This way he can present his hypothetical would-be employers with a resume bullet showing how he handled the situation by deferring to management and going with the conservative choice.

As a result, you’ll continue to see much of the same and hear much of the same out of the Jets’ facility.

Tebow should be given a chance to play and see if he can put some spring in the step of the Jets. But, he won’t. That wraps that up pretty nicely.

So, is it over? Will everyone just accept that Sanchez, barring injury, will remain the quarterback of the Jets?

Don’t count on it.

 

Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer and NFL featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter:


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