The New York Jets are facing a critical season in which the future of the Jets organization must be decided. Mark Sanchez just signed a large contract extension this off-season but is he the right man for the job in the future? This season will determine just where Sanchez fits into the Jets team as Tim Tebow is sure to be nipping at the heels of Sanchez.
Let’s take a look at what happened last season and see if Mark Sanchez should be worried and if the Jets have a bigger decision on their hands than they are letting on. The Jets were primed for a playoff spot and collapsed at the end of the season. You can blame Santonio Holmes for a lock of the lockerroom bad vibes going on, but Sanchez was throwing more lame ducks than you’d find at a pee-wee league game. The Jets as everyone knows fell apart and so did their shot at the Playoffs.
On the flipside the Denver Broncos started the season horrible going 1-5. With their season presumable wasted they decided to throw good ol’ Tim Tebow in there as the fans were calling (and taking out billboards) for him. What happened next has to be one of the biggest middle of the season turnarounds we’ve seen in the past 20 years. There were multiple games where the Broncos (and their playoff hopes) were dead. Against the Dolphins, against the Bears, nobody would have thought with a few minutes to go the Broncos had any shot of winning those games. You can’t give the credit to Tebow because what happened was a combination of extreme luck, good defensive and special teams plays, and of course Tebow. The Broncos found a way into the playoffs (beating the Jets on the way there) and won the first round playoff game against the Steelers and their vaunted defense. They of course went on to get squashed by the Patriots but everyone’s luck has to run out sometime.
If Sanchez gets off to a shaky start in the season it won’t be long before they New York fans start their Tebow calls from the stands. Fireman Ed will have to create a Tebow cheer for this season. What he brings to the team (besides some hard nosed running from the QB position and throws that leave much to be desired) is passion, and that passion is priceless because it ignites the rest of the players. Players because energized on the football field when they have a passionate leader to follow. Sanchez has shown us he is not the born leader that Tebow is.
If we had to give a prediction for what will happen this season we would guess that by game 5 Tim Tebow will become the Jets starting quarterback and what happens from there is anyone’s guess.