Struggles on the offensive line could win more playing time for Tebow


The Jets insist that Mark Sanchez is the starting quarterback.  And he’ll likely remain the starting quarterback all year, taking the first snap of each game.

The real question is how many he’ll take thereafter.

At some point, Tim Tebow will enter the game, as part of the Wildcat package.  Or, more accurately, the Tebow base package.  He’ll be in shotgun with a sidecar tailback.  He’ll run the read option, handing off to the inside if the defensive end goes wide or faking the exchange and bouncing outside if the defensive end pinches inside and clogs the hole through which the running back would have blasted.  Sometimes, Tebow will throw after the fake handoff.  Sometimes, he’ll read the end and go inside or outside without faking a handoff.

Regardless, the Jets will have the Sanchez package and the Tebow package.  And it’s widely believed that the extent to which the Jets will use the Tebow package will depend on Sanchez’s performance.

On Sunday, coach Rex Ryan gave Sanchez some advance cover for poor performance that keeps him from staying on the field.  If the Jets use more Tebow and less Sanchez, it may not happen because of Sanchez but because of the offensive line.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that, in response to a question regarding the possibility of Tebow getting more snaps if the line isn’t keeping defenders away from Sanchez, Ryan didn’t brush it off as irrelevant to the playing-time division.

We’re open to anything,” Ryan said instead.

It’s a smart approach, given that a wide variety of factors will fuel the determination of which guy has the hot hand.  Still, it won’t be easy to make those decisions in real time, especially when playing at home and the fans are shouting for Tebow when Sanchez is on the field and Sanchez when Tebow is on the field.  When Ryan is peppered with questions on future Sundays regarding why a change from one to the other wasn’t made sooner, this Sunday’s remarks suggest that, in cases where it appears that Tebow played more because Sanchez struggled, Ryan may simply blame it on the blockers.

19 responses to “Struggles on the offensive line could win more playing time for Tebow

  1. Rex Ryan is a quarterback killer.

    He not only has put Mark Sanchez’s confidence at risk, but now it’s his playing time!!!

  2. When Tebow gets in he will call his own number like he always does. He will not make anyone around him better because he never has. He will not share the ball around the goal line because that’s where headlines are made.

    Then he will call a press conference where he will talk about himself and how humble he is.

  3. The preseason is just stimuli for people who are bored (I am one of them) because it’s better than no football.

    This is no indicator of how the regular season will be. If that holds true in Jacksonville, they should acquire Sanchez next year. He can do well, but only if he has someone work with, support, and believe in him.

    Just go ask Alex Smith.

  4. Since Sanchez obviously sucks, they should just play Tebow. He wins, but if he sucks and doesn’t, then they can become the favorites in the Blow for Barkeley sweepstakes

  5. As a Broncos fan all I can say is you’re welcome for the drama and thanks for the draft picks.


  6. It still blows my mind that the Jets traded for Tebow. Their team chemistry was toxic last season, and Sanchez has a fragile ego. This has disaster written all over it!

  7. Tebow won’t make anyone better? I recall Denver being near last in defense before he came in, then once he came in the defense was stingy. He makes everyone better you fool.

  8. Sparano said no chance of that happening before the reporter even finished the question. Rex just replied “Were open to anything” which is a generic answer that he says all the time for a lot of questions. Its crazy how people can spin anything to fit an agenda and people eat it up as gospel. That is how we get uneducated fans who read things like this and see it as reality. You can tell who you are by your comments.

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