When the New York Jets traded for Tim Tebow I, and others, questioned it and now that they've had him 5 games I question it more. What the hell were they thinking? You have a young, phenom quarterback and go out and acquire a young, phenom quarterback.
Athletics are made to perform under pressure, we know that's what makes them great. But there's a limit and there's a time and a place and when the pressure unexpectedly comes from your own management...? There's no way you can tell me that Mark Sanchez wasn't confused, a bit intimidated and maybe even a little angry when he heard his team was bringing Tebow onboard. After all, the club already had a pretty good number two guy. Obviously Tebow's addition has affected him and obviously it's not working. How do we know it is not working?
Because Sanchez is not working.
This season should have been another year of the 25-year-olds steady progress to a bona-fide star QB in the NFL. Instead it's seen him fall back, he's more inconsistent with his throws and seems to have more difficulty deciding which receiver to hit. In other words, he's thinking more, and his stats show it.
Mark Sanchez: Stats take a dive
In the 2011 season, Sanchez had a 56 percent pass completion average after the first 5 games. Instead of improving on that, after this season's first 5 games that number has dropped to 48 percent and since their opening day 48-28 drubbing of the Buffalo Bills he's thrown 132 passes and completed only 58 for a woeful 43 percent average. Over his last 4 games, Sanchez has managed 3 TD passes while throwing 5 interceptions.
When the deal was made last March, Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum said he engineered the trade, Tebow for two draft picks, to create "...a diverse, more dynamic offense that's going to make it more difficult for opposing teams to defend." He hasn't gotten that, instead he's gotten a struggling offense and a first-string quarterback that can't get untracked.
Sanchez is saying all the right things and taking his hits. But after being shutout 34-0 at home by the San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago and then beaten by Houston, 23-17, again at home, he's shown he's not capable of moving the ball with anything approaching consistently. Next week the Jets have Indianapolis, who now have some momentum with rookie Andrew Luck at the helm, and then they go into New England to face Tom Brady.
If Sanchez can't find his game, and quick, the Jets could be 2-5 and all but out of playoff contention before the season's half-way over. If that's the case coach Rex Ryan will look to Tim Tebow and the destruction of Mark Sanchez will be complete
What the hell were they thinking?
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