The New York Jets never make it easy. The New England Patriots certainly don’t need any help beating their AFC East rivals, but the Jets insisted on doing their part to repeatedly shoot themselves in the foot.
The Jets turned the ball over five times, turning a somewhat competitive game into a laugher, culminating in an angry home crowd booing starting quarterback Mark Sanchez and chanting for backup Tim Tebow.
Unfortunately for those fans, Tebow never replaced Sanchez. He didn’t even see a single snap Thursday, on offense or special teams. Tebow spent the entire game on the sidelines, nursing an injury few were aware he had.
The Jets revealed that Tebow broke two of his ribs back on November 11 in the Jets’ Week 10 game, which may have been why he played a season-low three snaps the following week.
Perhaps as a bit of gamesmanship on the part of Rex Ryan, the Jets did not make Tebow a gameday inactive on Thursday, choosing instead to deactivate healthy third-string quarterback Greg McElroy.
“I had to do a little bit of talking just to dress,” Tebow said. “I just wanted to be there for my teammates in case they needed me in an emergency situation.”
While many NFL fans probably think that the state of the Jets offense is an emergency situation as it is, it looks like there was never going to be any situation dire enough for Tebow to come into the game on Thursday.
With Sanchez struggling, Tebow banged up and McElroy inactive, it might’ve been 5’9 wide receiver Jeremy Kerley who was the de facto backup quarterback in Thursday’s game, if anything had happened to Sanchez.
Kerley, a second-year wideout who’s been one of the bright spots on offense this season, completed his only career pass attempt in Week 17 of last season, a 41-yard completion out of the Wildcat formation.
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