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Tim Tebow: Jets' Attachment to Mark Sanchez Will Bury Them

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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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 14, 2012

Rex Ryan and the New York Jets continue to start Mark Sanchez knowing full well that he is not the man for the job.

They also know that they signed him to a lucrative extension in the offseason, which is part of the problem.

You see, Sanchez is guaranteed $20.5 million, which further demonstrates how out of touch the Jets' organization has been. There is no way Sanchez should have ever been guaranteed $20.5 million after last season.

After going 9-of-22 for 124 yards with an interception in the 28-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week, Sanchez has now completed 52 percent of his passes this season while averaging 6.33 yards per pass attempt (ranked 29th among qualifying quarterbacks). He has thrown 10 touchdowns to nine interceptions through nine games and the Jets have gone 3-6 as a result.

Even with the Jets' playoff hopes sliding away, they refuse to sit Sanchez because he is apparently untouchable.

I'm not saying that Tim Tebow is much of an upgrade, but at this point the Jets need to change things up. Tebow may be horribly inaccurate, but he did go 7-4 as a starter for the Denver Broncos last season while leading them to a playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tebow also was a leader who united that team, which cannot be overstated in New York. This is a team with so many issues that inserting a calming influence under center could be a boost in itself. 

And for all the talk about Tebow's inaccuracy, he actually averaged more yards per pass attempt last season than Sanchez has this season while recording a 2:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

And given the fact he rushed for 660 yards and six touchdowns for the Broncos last season, Tebow also gives the Jets an added dimension under center.

The Jets are currently three games behind the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts, who lead the AFC Wild Card race with 6-3 records. Something drastic needs to happen, and inserting Tebow into the lineup is indeed drastic.

The question is, do the Jets want to try something else, giving themselves at least some hope this season, or do they want to continue to nurse their bruised egos?

Perhaps that question has already been answered.

 

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