Rex Ryan Position: Starting Sanchez or Tebow is Up in the Air

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Feb 27, 2013 08:43 AM EST
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Rex Ryan's position on who to start in 2013 at quarterback for the New York Jets is still a mystery, so he stated recently as the team still possesses two quarterbacks on their roster. With Mark Sanchez struggling and Tim Tebow still under contract, the Jets will have to figure which quarterback will shape their identity in 2013.

Ryan was completely vague when answering questions on where Tebow stands in the Jets' 2013 plans. Tim is under contract to be a New York Jet and so we'll see how things go in the off season," Ryan said. That's pretty much what he reiterated. Nothing more or nothing less.

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With the NFL Combine occurring over the last three days in Lucas Oil Stadium home of the Indianapolis Colts, the Jets have been keeping their eye on the young talent available and have been rumored to possibly shopping Tebow. The lefty quarterback, who is one of the most popular football players in the world, has less than a year in New York and they want him out without even giving him a chance.

However,  teams' disinterest coupled with a tough market for Tebow, the Jets might acknowledge his contract and make things competitive for Sanchez, who struggled in 2012.

"I think everyone, Mark included, that he, our offense, our team as a whole needs to perform better than we did in 2012.We're going to increase the competition so that he plays better," Idzik said. "We've got a new offensive coordinator, a new quarterback coach. That will be healthy," said Jets' general manager John Idzik to NFL.com.

Hopefully the Jets' new GM can get the team going in 2012. This will be his first season in the team's front office after the firing of Mike Tannebaum, the former GM who eventually took the blame for acquiring Tebow and signing Sanchez to an extension.

The Jets offense was completely sad and painful to watch in 2012. Sanchez finished with an abysmal 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He also fumbled the ball eight times totaling 26 turnovers in the season.

As for Tebow, it almost seemed like the Jets had no idea what to do with him. Their main objective was to "surprise the opposition" and make the Jets a harder team to prepare for, but that wasn't the case as they stubbornly kept running the same plays with Tebow, who finished the season with 102 rushing yards on 32 attempts while going 6-8 on passing attempts for 39 yards.

The Jets will have to figure out who will be their man in 2013 and eventually, find a role for Tebow if in fact they're willing to keep him in the upcoming season. The Jets and Coach Ryan are pretty much confused this offseason.

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