5 reasons why the Jets should split time between Sanchez, Tebow
I know what you’re thinking (WTF), there is no way the New York Jets will start Tim Tebow this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But here is why it would be smart for the Jets to split the time between Sanchez and Tebow.
The Bills are not the Steelers: The media has been over-exaggerating Sanchez’s performance against the Bills. Sanchez has been consistently praised for doing an outstanding job in protecting the football this year – a judgment that seems quite far-fetched. Only three weeks ago the Jets were struggling for a touchdown throughout the pre-season. While Sanchez’s performance was good, it was not enough to say he is doing better this season.
No Revis = More TD for The Steelers: It doesn’t look promising for Darelle Revis to face the Steelers this Sunday. Missing practice Wednesday and Thursday is never a good sign, especially when a player is out for a concussion. If Revis does sit this one out, the Steelers will have an easier path to the end-zone. The Jets will have to keep the score neck and neck, making it even more essential for the Jets to score with each possession.
Sanchez paralyzes under pressure: Unlike the Bills, the Steelers defense is nasty, and will take more than a few hits on Sanchez. Sanchez has a record of getting frustrated and freezing under pressure, if he does not use his time in the pocket and get rid of the ball fast, the game will result in many turnovers and points scored for the opposing team. Should Sanchez hesitate in the clutch, Tebow will be brought in to pull off a miracle.
Tebow gains yards: .While I am never an advocate for a teams QB being the top RB, Shaun Green is simply not a top RB and there is no viable backup. Tebow is arguably a bigger threat when it comes to The Jets rushing game: his natural scramble in the pocket could buy time and gain yards with each play. He can be trusted to throw a defense off balance and gain yards and downs.
Tebow Time: No one can forget The Steelers playoff loss at the hands of Tebow and the Broncos last season. Tebow threw for 316 yards in overtime and rushed for over 50+ yards. While you can make the argument that every team plays a much harder game throughout the playoffs, I’ll argue that Tebow treats every game as a playoff game. He will play hard through the end and not let frustration hinder his confidence.
Who do you think will play more on Sunday? Will we see both QB’s in the game together?
Jessica Daniels is an NFL team writer for TPF and can be contacted at JDaniels@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com