Originally posted on Cippin on Sports  |  Last updated 10/2/12

After Mark Sanchez’s poor showing against the 49ers on Sunday, the Tebow Watch has officially started.  Gary Myers would like to give Sanchez until Halloween to fix things, while Peter King thinks Sanchez will last a couple more weeks.  Kevin Kernan wants to start Tebow now, as does Vinnie Iyer, and Michael Tomaso thinks that the Jets actually stuck with Sanchez in Sunday’s game out of fear that Tebow would be effective.It’s notable that the opposing view tends less toward support of Sanchez than toward a kind of “he shouldn’t really be benched” sentiment.  That’s the route Tim Smith takes, while George Bretherton says that it’s not quite Tebow Time yet.  Mike Vaccaro argues (and I like this view the best) that the Jets should continue to start Sanchez, but (finally) incorporate Tebow as a true staple of the offensive.  It’s worth a shot, especially as the Texans’ dominant pass defense comes to town on Monday night.

In any event, if Sanchez looks as bad against Houston as he did against the 49ers, the pressure on the Jets to start Tebow may become irresistible, starting with the cries of 80,000 fans attending Monday night’s game.

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Box of the Week

San Francisco 49ers 34, New York Jets 0

In the 2011 regular season, the 49ers recovered 20 out of 30 total fumbles (15 of 20 opponent fumbles, and five of their own 10—67%).  This year, going into week 4, they had recovered only four of 10 total fumbles (40%), but after grabbing all five on Sunday (three from the Jets and two of their own), their ratio is up to nine out of 15 (60%).

Statistical evidence seems to indicate that fumble recovery is highly erratic—that it is based more on luck than on skill.  While four games is a very small sample size, it would be quite the anomaly if the Niners could replicate last season’s dominance in this area.

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The Rounds:

  • My bad: last week, I misinterpreted the ball control rule that applied to the controversial simultaneous catch call at the close of the Packers-Seahawks game.  As the ever-infinitely-helpful Mike Pereira has since noted, ball control can be gained before a player has his feet or other body part down (though, presumably, the control doesn’t become a catch until he lands).
  • It would be great if people could stop death-threating replacement officials.
  • Martellus Bennett strikes again.
  • Gary Kubiak wants Arian Foster to hit 400 carries this year.  My legs hurt just thinking about it.
  • Though it sounds unusual, it’s not really odd that the Ravens played their first four games in 17 days—they opened the season on a Monday night, and played their week 4 game against the Browns on Thursday.  It is strange, though, that they had to play last Thursday following a Sunday night game (which happened to be an arduous last-second win over the Pats).
  • I’m in absolutely no position to judge, but something feels like L.A. will have a pro football team within two years.

Greg Blume writes here and rambles there.


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