Just two weeks after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast, a new storm is brewing in the New York Jets' locker room. The fractured team suffered from disarray last year that culminated with the on-field altercation between Santonio Holmes and Brandon Moore against the Miami Dolphins.
Now the locker room is divided over the enigmatic Tim Tebow. The New York Daily News reported on Wednesday that a number of players were anonymously quoted as saying that Tebow was "terrible" and didn't deserve to take over the starting position from incumbent Mark Sanchez. This now begs the question, has Rex Ryan lost control of his locker room one again?
According to the Daily News, over a dozen Jets players and personnel stated that Tebow was not in the same class as Sanchez and that based off of his performances in practice, Tebow should not be in consideration for the starting job. Ryan responded to the news report by calling out his locker room, calling them 'cowardly' for not attaching their names to their statements.
"If you're not going to put your name to it, I think that's about as cowardly of a thing there is," said Ryan at Wednesday's press conference.
Only Matt Slauson went on record with his statements. He agreed with most of his teammates and stated that "it's not even close" as to who was the better quarterback.
However, not all of the locker room believes the same. In an interview with Yahoo! Sports writer Matt Silver, Shonn Greene went on record saying that the Jets need a change and feels that Tebow deserves a chance. "We're not here to protect people's feelings," said Greene. "If you want to win games, you've got to try something. If somebody's not getting the job done, you see if somebody else can do it."
Would a quarterback change hurt Gang Green? Mathematics would suggest otherwise.
Through nine games this year, Mark Sanchez has amassed just 1,870 yards (1,860 passing, 10 rushing) and a 52% completion percentage, both subpar by NFL starting quarterback standards. His touchdown to turnover ratio is nearly 1:2 with 10 touchdowns and 17 turnovers (Nine INTs and eight lost fumbles). In those nine games, Sanchez averages 6.3 yards an attempt and stands at a 70.4 quarterback rating.
In comparison with Tebow's numbers from his first nine games as a starter, the numbers vary slightly. Tebow amassed 1,979 yards (1,406 pass, 573 rush), 109 more total yards than Sanchez. The former Bronco was able to reach the end zone 14 times using both his arm and his legs. Couple that with his 12 total turnovers in that nine game stretch and Tebow has a positive touchdown to turnover margin. Tebow also edges Sanchez in more yards per attempt (6.72) and in total quarterback rating (89.5). The only number that Tebow cannot match or surpass is his completion percentage which stands at just under half (49%).
After Tim Tebow brought the 1-4 Broncos to an AFC West title, the country was firmly engulfed in Tebowmania. When the Jets brought the Jacksonville native to New York, they assumed the risk of a media frenzy when Mark Sanchez failed to live up to the new contract that he signed in the offseason. Now with a 3-6 record, Gang Green will be forced to endure more scrutiny for keeping the proven backup quarterback limited to under ten snaps a game.