By Danny Cox
The New York Jets have the two most overrated players in the entire NFL, according to players from various teams. According to other players, the Jets also have the most overrated coach in the whole league. Making matters worse is that the Jets are sitting with a 3-6 record, and in serious danger of missing the playoffs completely.
Now, there is a lot of talk in New York that the Jets should pull starting quarterback Mark Sanchez and put in back-up Tim Tebow as the new on-field leader. Fans are calling for it, and so are some NFL analysts.
The problem here is that a number of Jets players don’t want the change because they don’t believe Tebow is good enough.
Coach Rex Ryan has stuck with Sanchez, despite the problems and bad record, because he feels that Sanchez gives him the best opportunity to win. The players aren’t going to argue with him because reports state that as many as 12 Jets players don’t believe Tebow is very good.
Players – that chose to remain anonymous – from both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball told the New York Daily News that there have been no signs of improvement from Tebow since he joined the team. Upon being traded from Denver, many thought that Tebow would have a chance to start if he cleaned up a few aspects of his game.
One Jets defensive starter said, “He’s terrible.”
Even after this past week’s 28-7 drubbing at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, Ryan is firmly behind Sanchez. Even when talk of Ryan’s job being in jeopardy came into question, the coach still insists that he’s sticking with Sanchez.
“If that day ever happens, then it happens,” said Ryan. “But with me, I’m never going to waiver. I’m not going to make a decision one way or the other in order to save my job. I’m trying to win games.”
The Jets aren’t really looking great at other positions, either. An official for the team told the newspaper that the options in the passing game for Sanchez are “garbage.”
Another Jets source said, “I’ve seen better receiving corps in college than we have on our team.”
In two passing categories, Sanchez currently sits as worst in the league. He has a 52 percent completion percentage and has thrown four interceptions in the red zone. Even with the proof in the stats, Jets players are supporting him over Tebow.
When the anonymous Jets players continued on about not wanting Tebow in over Sanchez, the simplistic answer told the whole tale of how they feel.
“There’s no other viable option,” said the player.
Tebow’s popularity and respect has dropped considerably during his time with the Jets. Before the season began, he was voted as one of the top 100 players in the league by his peers. Now, hardly even playing at all this season, his own teammates don’t even want him on the field.
With Jets players not wanting Tebow to start and Sanchez struggling greatly, where is New York going to turn?
That is the loaded question at this time, and the only answer in sight is that the organization will end up going in different directions for player and staff personnel once the season is over.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.