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Before the season, this was the nightmare scenario for the Jets:
- Mark Sanchez — the high draft pick who the franchise has been banking on and building around for years — struggles out of the gate.
- Tebow makes a handful of dazzling plays in limited action.
- The Jets continue to lose games, and the fans and media start clamoring for Tebow.
- Rex Ryan, desperate to save his job, gives up on Sanchez and turns to Tebow.
- Tebow can’t recreate the magic he wielded in Denver last year.
- The Jets miss the playoffs. Mark Sanchez’s confidence is ruined. The Jets have no quarterback going into 2013.
After skipping Step Two (more on that in a second), we’ve arrived to the latter half of Step Three.
Yesterday, fans at MetLife Stadium booed Sanchez as he slumped to a 13/29 for 103 yards and an INT performance, and “Tebow Time” was trending on Twitter.
Then this morning the media got into the fray, with the NY Post running a “Start Tebow!” op-ed.
So the clamors are here.
The only thing stopping us from reaching Step Four is the fact that Tebow hasn’t done anything of note at all this year. The Jets are barely playing him, and when they do they’re using him in elementary wildcat plays that lack any sort of creative spark. Despite his unique skill set, the Jets have been disinterested in working him into the game plan, and that tells us that they don’t have a whole lot of confidence in him.
So it might take longer than anticipated, but if Sanchez continues to struggle Tebow should find his way onto the field at some point this season.
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