TIM TEBOW DOWNPLAYS POSSIBILITY OF TAKING OVER AT QB
Tim Tebow did what he could to head off what figures to be a week of speculation about whether it's time to make him the Jets' starting quarterback.
“I just want to do the best I can with whatever role that they give me, provide enthusiasm and energy every time I get the opportunity, but also from the sidelines or wherever I am,” Tebow said after the Jets were crushed by San Francisco, 34-0. “I’ll just be a good teammate, encourage guys and when, given opportunities, just try and make the most of them.
Fans and media who clamor for a switch to Tebow no doubt will point to the fact that Mark Sanchez had a sub-50% completion rate for the third consecutive week, going 13-for-29 against the 49ers. And Sanchez's 13 completion weren't terribly productive, generating only 103 yards, plus, he had an interception and a fumble.
Tebow also didn't accomplish much with his limited number of snaps, although he did complete his first pass of the season, a 9-yarder to Dedrick Epps, who promptly fumbled it while also injuring a knee on the play.
Tebow also had two runs out of the Wildcat formation for zero yards.
Regardless of who's at quarterback, the Jets will fare a tough task, as they'll host the 4-0 Houston Texans on Monday night. (Via the New York Daily News)
UPDATE: Jets coach Rex Ryan left little doubt he'll be sticking with Sanchez this week.
"I just know in my heart right now that this is not the time," Ryan told the New York Post on Monday about any possible switch at quarterback. "I think Tim is an outstanding player. I think Mark is. Right now, I think Mark gives us our best opportunity to win. I will always do, in my opinion, what’s in the best interest of this team, and that interest is what gives us the best chance to win. No matter who it is."
Added Ryan about Sanchez: "He's definitely our guy . . . I mean we've had some poor performances in the past, and not just from our quarterback, from our team and we've been whipped pretty good, but I'm confident we'll come back."