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

Rex Ryan, Matt Simms, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow AP

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.

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19 Responses to “Struggles on the offensive line could win more playing time for Tebow”
  1. pencilfart says: Aug 12, 2012 1:06 PM

    Tim Tebow is the Justin Bieber of the NFL

  2. cool10857 says: Aug 12, 2012 1:13 PM

    In other words, goodbye Mark Sanchez.

  3. 1075thefan says: Aug 12, 2012 1:27 PM

    5-11

  4. xsorethumbx says: Aug 12, 2012 1:27 PM

    trade Sanchez to Cleveland.

  5. nyjets1017 says: Aug 12, 2012 1:46 PM

    At this I wonder if the jets are setting Sanchez up to fail.no good WRs and no o line help in the offseason

  6. pftcensorssuck says: Aug 12, 2012 2:06 PM

    But make no mistake, Sanchez is the “leader” of this club …… right???

    lol

  7. MichaelEdits says: Aug 12, 2012 2:07 PM

    The Sanchize

  8. granadafan says: Aug 12, 2012 2:12 PM

    The Jests will have more running plays than passing plays this year.

  9. ampats says: Aug 12, 2012 2:32 PM

    Sanchez Package + Tebow Package= 44th Anniversary

  10. rajbais says: Aug 12, 2012 2:40 PM

    Rex Ryan is a quarterback killer.

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

  11. cuda1234 says: Aug 12, 2012 2:44 PM

    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.

  12. rajbais says: Aug 12, 2012 2:46 PM

    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.

  13. nmking26 says: Aug 12, 2012 2:55 PM

    Nothing would make me happier than to see both QBs fail miserably this season.

  14. bucrightoff says: Aug 12, 2012 3:00 PM

    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

  15. randomguy9999 says: Aug 12, 2012 8:40 PM

    is Ryan open to 58 yards a game average passing? cause that’s what he’s getting….

  16. johnnybaggadonuts says: Aug 12, 2012 9:47 PM

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

    Enjoy.

  17. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 12, 2012 10:41 PM

    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!

  18. skinsfan91 says: Aug 13, 2012 4:04 AM

    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.

  19. peepeetoucher says: Aug 13, 2012 12:57 PM

    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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