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Is it Tebow Time?

Updated on November 4, 2012

Tim Tebow & Jordin Sparks


2012 Season NY Jets QB Controversy

New York Jets have started 3-3 this season with Mark Sanchez. But let's be quick to point out that Sanchez has completed only 49.7% of his pass attempts and thrown over 150 yards in only three games. The Tebow followers will also make the case that Sanchez's 66.6 passing rating through the first five games is somewhat devilish and calls for a holy revival via the enigmatic Tim Tebow.

Tim Tebow NFL Quarterback

Tim Tebow has been a hot topic issue for the NFL football community since his senior year at the University of Florida. It was widely reported by scouts that one of the NFL 2010 draft's biggest prospects would not excel at the next level because his poor mechanics and his unconventional throwing style. ESPN's Todd McShay even said he “is just not comfortable as a pro-style quarterback." There were also skeptics who said Tebow would not have the ability to run against pro style defenses. His 4.71 second forty time was clearly too slow to put him in the same league as prolific scrambler Michael Vick. It was said it could not be done, however Tim Tebow has rushed for 12 touchdowns on 183 carries with an average of 5.2 yards in his NFL career thus far.

The jury is still out on whether Tebow can succeed at quarterback in the NFL where he has struggled to complete passes despite his 66.4% completion percentage while at Florida. But his touchdown to interception ratio, heroic 7 game winning drives, and a 2011 playoff win over the Pittsburg Steelers make a strong case for potential. This only adds to the folklore surrounding the religiously devoted football star currently embroiled in the ever growing quarterback controversy in New York.

Santonio Holmes & Mark Sanchez

Tim Tebow & Joe Montana

Mark Sanchez Sexy Time or Time to Go?

Yes, both New York quarterbacks have received criticism for being more notable for their celebrity status and model good looks than feats on the football field. Mark Sanchez, sultry photo spreads, models, allegedly engaging in relations with 17-year old high school student Eliza Kruger, previous sexual assault allegations while at USC in 2006, and let us not forget the glorious hot dog incident in a 38-0 Jets win over the Raiders in 2009.

But to be fair to Marky Mark Sanchez he has taken the Jets to TWO AFC championships. Most recently out playing another quarterback with sexual allegations of misconduct Big Ben Rapelisburger..Excuse me Rothlisburger. Where he posted 233 yards and a pair of scores in a 19-24 loss to Pittsburg. Sanchez has been a beast in the playoffs, however his inability to produce a Championship or Division title leaves much to be desired.

Known for his Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde play, Sanchez critics have been eager to call for "Tebow Time" in moments of despair. His roller coaster play can be reflected in his Quarterback Rating differences in regular and post-season. Mark Sanchez 94.3 QB rating in post-season play currently puts him at 6th all-time ahead of Peyton Manning. Yet, his regular season rating is lower than fellow New York quarterback Tim Tebow's 75.1.

He posted a career high 26 touchdowns in 2011 taking the New York Jets to an 8-8 winning record. But failure to make the playoffs with sky high expectations for the first time in Sanchez/Rex Ryan era lead to contempt in New York. Resulting in fans attacking Mark Sanchez who continued to turn over the ball in key situations. For example, a third quarter pick 6 resulting to a loss to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. 30-22 record as NFL starter Mark Sanchez will continue to be second guessed as the league's more adored player Tim Tebow is waiting to prove he can become a viable quarterback in this league.


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    • Drew Breezzy profile image

      Drew Breezzy 5 years ago from somewhere in my mind

      Watched a few Fins game this season. Fully expect a victory.

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      Jack Hazen 5 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      I'm hoping Brady's passes get lost in the fog in London today and the Patriots lose. Then it will be even bigger for the winner of the Dolphins at Jets.

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      Drew Breezzy 5 years ago from somewhere in my mind

      Should be a close one. The division is wide open and a win would be huge for either team.

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      Jack Hazen 5 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      Now that Mark Sanchez broke up with Eva Longoria, maybe he can concentrate on playing quarterback.

      I think Sanchez is on a short leash, but if the Jets beat the Dolphins tomorrow, he will probably keep his job for now. I doubt Rex will make the change to Tebow unless/until the Jets appear to be out of the playoff picture.