Tebow won with the Denver Broncos last year, and will eventually overtake Sanchez sometime this season to lead the Jets’ offense.
However, don’t expect Tebow to succeed either.
Both Sanchez and Tebow severely underperformed this preseason. They both like really stunk. The two combined for 37-for-71 passing, 354 yards, 0 TDs, and 4 INTs (42.8 passer rating).
Part of it is that it’s the preseason and Ryan doesn’t want to tip his hand. The
other part is the Jets lack of offensive firepower and poor offensive line make
it almost impossible for Sanchez and Tebow to execute well.
Sanchez starred at USC and was seen as a franchise quarterback when the Jets drafted him No. 5 in 2009 after trading their 17th and 52nd picks to the Cleveland Browns.
The 25-year-old Sanchez is 6’2”, 225-pounds and has shown flashes of brilliance to go along with maddening inconsistency. New York went to back-to-back AFC Championship Games under Sanchez’s leadership, but fell short losing to the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Sanchez and the Jets jumped to an 8-5 record in 2011, yet they lost their last three games with his poor quarterback play being a big reason why (66-for-117 passing, 4 TDs, 7 INTs).
These stats don’t include Sanchez’s pedestrian regular season numbers that resulted in a 26-22 mark (55 TDs, 51 INTs, 17 fumbles, 73.2 passer rating)
If Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum had total confidence that Sanchez is his franchise quarterback, then why did he trade for Tebow this offseason and
inadvertently create the NFL’s biggest quarterback controversy, after inking
Sanchez to a three-year extension?
Tebow, who is also 25-years-old, went 8-5 in the starting role for the Broncos,
including a six-game winning streak and upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers in the
postseason. While the lefty quarterback struggles at times with his accuracy, he
is a born leader and his confidence could rub off on a Jets offensive unit that
desperately needs it.
The 6’3”, 236-pound Tebow (17 TDs, 9 INTs, 75.1 passer rating) is a leader who
brings out the best of his teammates. Plus, he has a national following as a
football player, role model, and an outspoken evangelical Christian.
However, Tebow isn’t an accurate passer, as he completed just 167 of his career 355 passes (47 percent) and had one 300-yard game. And that was with a better offensive line in Denver.
The incumbent Jets starter has a higher completion percentage and more experience. The former USC Trojan also feels a sense of entitlement that he shouldn’t have to compete for the starting job, even with his inconsistent play hampering the Jets’ playoff chances.
The offense lacks a true wide receiving threat (Plaxico Burress wasn’t re-signed
while Stephen Hill is an unproven rookie). Shonn Greene isn’t a game-changing
running back. The offensive line is porous as the recent trade for St. Louis
Rams right tackle Jason Smith for Wayne Hunter suggests.
While Sanchez does lack viable weapons, he should still find a way to stand out among NFL quarterbacks.
The Jets clearly have one of the best defensive units (5th in total yards allowed)
with defensive tackle Sione Pouha and cornerback Darrelle Revis the top
If the Jets can’t put up points like this preseason suggests, expect Tebow to get
the call to start after a few games, though the offense won’t even let Tebow
New York can’t afford to not win due to poor quarterback play if they are to make a playoff-run. The offense, however, is so poorly constructed that neither Sanchez nor Tebow are put in a position to succeed.