Tim Tebow: Jets' Win over Rams Will Keep Backup QB on Bench for Rest of Year

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets sits on the bench during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 18, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)
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Mark Sanchez has a knack for having a big game when it matters most. As a result, Tim Tebow and his supporters will suffer.

Of course, Sanchez's big games are not important for the team as much as himself. Whenever he is on the brink of getting benched, he comes through with a win to save his job.

The New York Jets have been doing this dance the entire season. After acquiring Tebow in the offseason, the biggest story coming into Week 1 was how the team would use the popular player.

It turns out that the wildcat was not needed as Sanchez threw three touchdown passes and the team scored 48 points in a win over the Buffalo Bills. The starting quarterback had a QBR of 97.1 out of 100, which is still one of the best individual games of the season.

Once the team lost three of the next four, the Tebow crowd started up again. That is of course until Sanchez once again woke up and led the Jets to a win over the Indianapolis Colts. He followed that up with an overtime loss to the rival New England Patriots.

At that point, Tebow was firmly on the bench. Of course, that only lasted until two more losses and two more miserable games by Sanchez. 

The players still backed up the starter, saying Tebow was "terrible" and could not lead the team, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Even the biggest Tebow supporters seemed to have given up prior to Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams.

Jets just don't get Tebow and joke's on them. Fine, let him go elsewhere. Please, Jets, #FreeTebow

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 15, 2012

Those thoughts should be even more prevalent now that Sanchez re-established his hold on the position with a solid performance in the win. He completed 75 percent of his passes and threw a touchdown, but more importantly, he did not throw an interception.

Sanchez has now had only four games with a passer rating over 70, but they were well-placed within the season.

He now has the opportunity to face the Patriots and their poor pass defense. Opponents are averaging 290 passing yards against the unit this year, with an average rating of 92.8.

Even with a loss, he should have a good enough game to keep his job through the final third of the year.

Tebow will have to remain patient on the bench and hope for a better situation next season.

However, most coaches are unlikely to start a quarterback if they do not like what they see in practice. This sport requires game planning and team chemistry. A team cannot be successful in the long term if a quarterback does not fit into the game plan.

Heart and work ethic are important, but so is talent. Many coaches would make the same decision at quarterback that Rex Ryan has made throughout the season.

The problem for the Jets is that neither Sanchez nor Tebow are the answer at quarterback. Sanchez will not survive playing one good game out of every four for much longer.

New York will have to acquire someone new in the offseason and that will lead to the beginning of the end for Tebow in this city.


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