Buying or Selling Tim Tebow as an Upgrade over Mark Sanchez

Brandon Alisoglu@@BrandonAlisogluCorrespondent INovember 11, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21:  Mark Sanchez #6 and Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets high five each other during warm ups prior to the game against the New England Patriots on October 21, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Any conversation regarding the New York Jets will eventually migrate to the topic of quarterback play. And it's a shame, because neither of their options is particularly enticing. 

Mark Sanchez? Or Tim Tebow?

The only accurate answer to those questions marks is yikes. Or ugh. Depending on your ties, or lack thereof, to the Jets. 

Since the above-named "quarterbacks" are the only "legitimate" available starters in New York, we might as well break them down.


Buying Tim Tebow as a Starter

My first instinct was to just scream.

"Absolutely not! You can't make me!" And then curl up in a fetal position and pout.

But that's probably not very mature.

Tebow is a player with a career quarterback rating of 75.3. However, this is only his third year in the league and he shouldn't be judged so quickly.

Additionally, fans will want to point out that he has completed five of six throws, so his accuracy can't be too bad.

Please. Did you see that side-arm toss against the Seattle Seahawks? It traveled 10 yards sideways and lacked any degree of difficulty.

The best reason to select Tebow as a starter is Sanchez. He has been absolutely horrendous. 

Sanchez has been completing about half of his passes and only has one more touchdown than interceptions.


Selling Tim Tebow as a Starter

Tebow has a career quarterback rating of 75.3! The only reason he has had any success this year is because he is a change-of-pace player who isn't forced to stand in the pocket and play smart football.

The Denver Broncos of last year made the playoffs due to a terrible division and a good defense. They beat the Pittsburgh Steelers due to injuries and one good throw.

That doesn't mean that Tebow is the answer. Especially when the Jets defense isn't nearly as good as it has been in recent years.

The kid is a hard worker and a wonderful role model. He just isn't a starting quarterback.