Mark goes, Tebow stays: A Bold March Prediction
And by bold, I mean borderline asinine because I haven't been paying that much attention after this past season's debacle. I haven't interpreted tea leaves or obsessed over quotes or body language. This will be brief and confusing, but I'm compelled to get it out anyway.
In my view, here's what could, should and probably will happen:
1. Sanchez will find his way on to another team before the season starts.
Why? Despite all the talk about money and the cap hit, it would be the humane thing to do. It's practically impossible for him to redeem himself in New York after four cellar dwelling seasons and a butt fumble. "But he played great in the playoffs two years ago" you say. Lots of guys have performed that trick to a far greater extent - from Frank Reich to Donovan McNabb, but eventually teams have to move on. Now is that time for the Jets.
2. Tebow remains on the team.
Why? The oft-repeated theory that he was horrible in practice was never confirmed. Sure it's a theory that makes all the sense in the world so long as it's a world where the head coach doesn't have a tattoo featuring his wife wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey. Unfortunately that's not the world we live in. Now Tebow did only pass 8 times during the season, but guess what, he completed 6 of those passes. That makes him more accurate than Sanchez. It's not much, but it's something.
Secondly: Michael Vick. Who's more like the left handed and mobile Michael Vick - Tim Tebow or Mark Sanchez? Not sure if that’s been brought up yet – but if you wanted to give Tebow the best shot at being a starter who better than an OC that worked with a guy just like him.
Thirdly, if Tebow sticks around his fanbase will be energized again. The NFL and sports networks can go back to spewing a daily diet of Tebow updates. Dollar signs everywhere - everyone is happy!
3. Another veteren QB is signed to the team. Somebody unexpected probably. A nice but inexpensive safety net. Good enough to hold his own in an "open competition" at the QB position but not good enough to unanimously unseat Tebow.