If one thing is clear following the New York Jets 28-7 shellacking by the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, it’s that Mark Sanchez is not the answer. The question now is where do the Jets turn?
The general consensus is Tim Tebow, but does the coaching staff have faith that the former Bronco can rediscover the magic that helped Denver overcome a 1-4 start and reach the divisional round of last year’s playoffs?
Let’s dig a little deeper.
When Jets owner Woody Johnson told reporters this offseason that his team is in the ‘media business’ many perceived that to mean that the front office is more focused on grabbing headlines than winning football games.
Enter Tim Tebow.
The media circus flocked to training camp with hype and hoopla surrounding Tebow’s arrival in New York and Jets’ fans anxiously anticipating his impact as the team’s new Wildcat quarterback. Through nine games, the coaching staff has utilized Tebow sparingly and Sanchez has sputtered despite a vote of confidence from Ryan and company.
The winds of change are swirling around the Jets this week, but it doesn’t appear as though Rex Ryan is ready to pull the trigger on Tebow time. New York’s head man seems ready to go down with a sinking ship, backing his embattled quarterback through the darkest times of his pro career.
Gang Green was fresh off its bye week aiming to kickoff the second half of their schedule with a win, but everything that could have went wrong, went wrong for Sanchez and the offensive unit on Sunday in Seattle. By all estimates, Sanchez appeared done and through as the starter in New York with the Tebow era ready to get underway in Week 11.
When Ryan stepped to the podium for his postgame press conference, he wasted little time in offering support for Sanchez yet again even with his team mired in a three-game losing streak and its postseason chances fading away.
Jets ownership has longed pushed for Tebow to get his shot in the starting role, but a defiant Ryan isn’t ready to give up on the franchise’s signal-caller.
There’s no doubt that Tebow’s accuracy and precision as a pocket passer have been brought into question, but the Jets are in dire need of a spark to jumpstart their sputtering offense. With the defense playing inspired football, Sanchez’s confidence has plummeted to an all-time low culminating in errant passes and baffling decision making in the pocket.
While the Tebow-Sanchez debate wages on throughout the country, third-stringer Greg McElroy hasn’t received any serious consideration to compete for the starting gig. Whether Rex Ryan realizes it or not, the book is closing on Sanchez’s rule in New York and the team needs new leadership under center.
The coaching staff contends that a quarterback change is not imminent, but if the Jets have a prayer of salvaging their season they have to come to terms with the fact that Sanchez isn’t the solution, but instead part of the problem.