Mark Sanchez didn’t do anything against the Giants on Saturday night to deserve to keep his job as the Jets’ starting quarterback. But Tim Tebow didn’t do anything to deserve to take the job from Sanchez.
Both Sanchez and Tebow struggled, and the Jets’ offense could get nothing going all night, as the Giants won easily, 26-3.
A quick glance at Sanchez’s numbers might suggest that he had a decent night: He did complete nine of his 11 passes. But he was throwing short, easy passes exclusively, which is why he had just 59 passing yards. And he threw an absolutely terrible interception that the Giants’ Jayron Hosley took back 77 yards for a touchdown.
Tebow completed just five of 14 passes for 69 yards. Tebow was in at quarterback for the Jets’ only scoring drive, and unlike Sanchez Tebow didn’t throw any interceptions, but Tebow threw plenty of ugly, inaccurate passes.
The quarterbacks weren’t getting a lot of help; with Santonio Holmes out, the Jets’ receiving corps was missing its only proven playmaker. And the Jets’ offensive line was lousy, with the Giants’ defensive ends repeatedly bringing pressure. Jets right tackle Wayne Hunter remains a huge liability.
Overall, the Jets’ offense looks like a mess. Rex Ryan better be right that the Jets have a Top 5 defense, because their offense is going to be a problem.