The New York Jets’ quarterback numbers are abysmal: 13 of 29 for only 103 yards, no touchdowns and two turnovers in Sunday’s 34-0 rout by San Francisco; a rating this season of 69.2, more than 40 points below league leader Matt Ryan.
Well, all the experts told us Tim Tebow could never be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Oh wait, those are Mark Sanchez’s numbers.
The Jets were a picture of futility against the 49ers, with only nine first downs and two of 13 on third-down conversions.
Sunday’s rout was so bad that 49ers backup QB Colin Kaepernick, who was about to score a touchdown in final minutes, slid short of the goal line to let the clock run out.
So, is it Tebow Time in New York?
Jets coach Rex Ryan says no, but the media have begun the drumbeat.
New York Post columnist Kevin Kernan:
Bring on Tim Tebow. At this point Tebow, who saved the Broncos season last year, can’t be any worse than the jittery Mark Sanchez. Perhaps the Jets will get some leadership from the most important position on the field. … Put Tebow at starting quarterback, Rex, and let the chips fall where they may.
Mark Freeman of CBS Sports:
The Jets were last shut out in 2010, so these are desperate times for this franchise. That is where the Tebow craze gains its true power — in the cracks and crevices that are both opportunity and panic. There were more than a few Jets players who spoke privately about how it was only a matter of time now before Tebow started. Not because they blame Sanchez, the players explained, but because they believe the pressure from outside will be too great to not involve Tebow far more in the offense. If not start him altogether.
Chuck Schilken of the Los Angeles Times points out that Tebow had a perfect day passing Sunday with a quarterback rating of 104. OK, so he only threw one pass, but why let the facts stand in the way?
OK, it’s probably worth mentioning that Tebow’s perfect passing day Sunday consisted of just one throw — a nine-yarder over the middle to tight end Dedrick Epps, who immediately fumbled the ball after being upended. Oh, and incidentally, that just happens to be the only pass Tebow has attempted all season. But try telling that to the frustrated Jets fans, some of whom were booing Sanchez and chanting Tebow’s name during Sunday’s debacle.
Rex Ryan, however, would have none of it. When asked if starting Tebow was an option, he said, “I don’t think that’s the answer. I think Mark’s the answer at quarterback.”
But even Ryan left the Tebow door ajar: “Again, time will tell.”