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Tim Tebow may be gone, but that doesn't mean the Jets' quarterback situation is settled. General manager John Idzik said that there's going to be an open competition for the QB spot, including everyone from struggling incumbent Mark Sanchez to backup Matt Simms. Whether the quarterback who starts the season will be the same person who finishes it is another question, but the Jets are keeping what options they have open on all fronts.
The Jets have a pretty good problem -- they have four quarterbacks in camp who have all started in the NFL. Or at least it'd be a good problem without all the question marks: Mark Sanchez's confidence, Tim Tebow's arm, David Garrard's health and Greg McElroy's inexperience. It'll be interesting to see which direction the Jets go in this season -- if, in fact, they decide to go in a single direction at all.
Rex Ryan is making headlines even when he's on vacation. A photo taken of Ryan apparently revealed a tattoo on his shoulder of a woman (possibly his wife) wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey while Tebowing. We are not making any of this up.
At what point do we begin to describe the Jets' season as a farce? Was it when they signed Tim Tebow? Was it after Darrelle Revis was injured? What about when Mark Sanchez fumbled after running into his own teammate? If it wasn't beforehand, it definitely is now: New York is planning on parting ways with both Sanchez and Tim Tebow this offseason. The normally-stoic Tebow has been visibly irritated by his lack of playing time, while Sanchez has looked like he wants to be anywhere but playing football. One possible way forward for the Jets in the offseason: Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.
Trading Sanchez might be more difficult than it looks -- his contract is relatively expensive and his performance hasn't made teams confident.
As always, quarterback is an exceptionally tough position to fill, and the Jets aren't the only team that has struggled with its passing game.
Tim Tebow likely thought he would have a chance to compete for the starting job, but even with Mark Sanchez struggling, he can't get on the field for more than a few plays per game.
Tebow still has a winning record as a starting quarterback, which could lead to a return to Florida, or a second chance elsewhere in the NFL.
Is Vick the answer?
Michael Vick needs a change of scenery. The Jets will likely need a new quarterback next season. Could this be in both sides' best interest?
The Jets' playoff hopes were put to bed in Monday night's 14-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. The game was a microcosm of the Jets' disaster of a season -- Mark Sanchez throwing interceptions, Tim Tebow coming in anytime Sanchez developed even the slightest rhythm, fumbles, missed plays and just a general lack of anything resembling good football. In a way, this might work out well for New York going into next season -- it has two games to determine what it wants to do with its quarterback situation -- and, no doubt, its coaching situation as well.
The Jets have been a defensive-minded team these past few years, but that hasn't helped them in this year's complete offensive collapse.
Monday night's announcers pointed out that the Jets substituted for Mark Sanchez the moment he started to play well, leading to the thought that they might be misusing him.
At this point, the Jets have nothing to lose, and if they were ever serious about giving Tim Tebow a chance to start, now would be the time to show it.