Perhaps one day, the rough and tumble world of the NFL will wear Tim Tebow down, and he’ll do something like cuss out an official or embarrass his coach or teammates on the sidelines. Thankfully, we haven’t reached that stage of his career, yet. The day may soon be coming, though.
If Tim Tebow wasn’t the man that he was, the situation in the New York Jets’ locker room would be a lot worse than it already is, if that’s conceivable. Several unnamed players allegedly castigated him in such an underhanded manner that Rex Ryan was offended by it. The reports are out there about what was said, and how Tebow’s abilities have been called in to question, while Mark Sanchez has somehow been elevated to the second coming of Peyton Manning.
I simply don’t understand the attacks at all, nor do I understand how anyone with any football acumen could claim that the Jets are a better football team with Sanchez lining up at quarterback instead of Tebow. There simply is no logic to it whatsoever. He currently is completing 52% of his passes, he’s thrown for only 10 TDs against 9 picks, and has a QBR (ESPN’s total QB rating) of 28.7. For comparison, Blaine Gabbert’s QBR is 41.32. The QB that Sanchez shares a city with, Eli Manning has a QBR of 66.51, and people have been killing him the last few weeks in the press.
The most important thing that Sanchez has going for him is that he looks like an NFL QB, and people are able to put aside whatever he does on the football field because of that. The theory has to be that he looks enough like a QB that if he keeps taking the field, he’ll eventually morph in to a successful NFL QB. It hasn’t happened so far, and as evidenced by this season’s 3-6 record, it isn’t likely to happen anytime soon. So why not give Tebow a chance?
I had a conversation with @mvpellegrino1 last night, and the questions we came up with are what do the Jets have to lose by starting Tebow? What is the potential downside? If he has some of the same magic left that he displayed in Denver last season, maybe it’s not too late for the J-E-T-S to make a run and get in to the playoffs. The absolute worst case scenario is that he’s just as bad as his back-stabbing teammates claim he is, and the Jets improve their draft position in 2013, and then the controversy is put to bed, permanently. Tebow can then go on to become perhaps the greatest personal protector in the history of the NFL, and he won’t have to deal with situations like this ever again.
The one main obstacle to that is Rex Ryan. Sanchez is his guy, through and through. He has staked his reputation as a talent evaluator that Sanchez is a good NFL QB. To bench him in favor of Tebow would mean that he made an error in judgement with regard to Sanchez’s ability. So rather than take a chance on Tebow and give his team the only legitimate shot they have at making the playoffs (which is the goal of an NFL franchise, after all), he has all but said that unless Sanchez is injured, he is going to be taking the snaps for the Jets.
Surprisingly, this course of action has not made fans happy, many of whom have called for Ryan to be fired. That’s not likely to happen, either, at least not while the season is in progress, but if Ryan enjoys the NY lifestyle (he clearly does), it might be something that he wants to think about. If the Jets spend in the neighborhood of $130 milion and can’t even get to .500, heads will have to roll, and Ryan’s will be the first on the chopping block.