Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/17/12

The second the Jets pulled the trigger on trading for Tim Tebow, it was only a matter of time before these articles started being written – and based on Sanchez’s performance on Sunday, he only managed to make it till the end of Week 2. 

Mark Sanchez was able to keep the Tebow conversation quiet after a stellar Week 1 performance, but Week 2 may serve as a wake-up call for all the people thinking this season would be different for Sanchez and the Jets.

Sanchez complete only 10 of his 27 pass attempts on Sunday, for just 138 yards. While he did not turn the ball over, Sanchez was brutally inaccurate, as the Jets’ offense could not move the ball against a Steelers’ defense which did not even feature Troy Polamalu or James Harrison.

In fact, after their first two possessions, Sanchez was only able to get the ball into Steelers’ territory one time during the rest of the game.

Even with Sanchez’s ineffectiveness, Rex Ryan still did not opt to call for the lefty out of the bullpen. Tim Tebow only played three offensive plays for the Jets, where he did actually show so ability to move the ball.

On his first play, Tebow called his own number and rushed for 22 yards. Joe McKnight took the handoff from Tebow 12 yards on the next play. But after a Shonne Green 6-yard loss, Tebow’s day was done and Sanchez returned to the field where he immediately threw two incompletions.

Rex Ryan was less than amicable when addressing Tebow questions from the media after the loss. "We always said from Day 1, we can do it 20 times, 40 times, 10 times, two times, whatever. We determine that, OK?"

All I can say is the Jets are lucky this game was not played in New York. Chants of “Te-bow, Te-bow” would have been raining down on the field like confetti from all those Super Bowl parades Rex Ryan has promised.

And, seeing as Tebow tossed for 316 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions the last time he played these Steelers, New York fans may have been not-so-subtly begging Rex Ryan to keep Tebow in for a little more than half of one possession.

After the game, Tim Tebow continued to say all the right things. “It’s not frustrating,” Tebow said of his lack of playing time. “Every year is a new opportunity and new challenges, and you try to do the best you can and I’m trying to do the best I can in this role… unfortunately we came up a little short.”

The question now turns to how many more sub-par performances Mark Sanchez will be allowed before he gets pulled in favor of Tim Tebow. The Jets get a reprieve as they travel to Miami to play the Dolphins and rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill.

But after that, the Jets have two straight difficult home games against the San Francisco 49ers and then a Monday-nighter vs. the Houston Texans.

Whatever the outcome of the Tim Tebow/Mark Sanchez controversy, this story will likely have its ending by Week 5. 



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