Tebow over Sanchez? Gimme a break

November, 20, 2011
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Sunday notes: Thoughts and observations on the Jets and around the NFL.

1. Broncos QB Tim Tebow is great for the league, but he's a novelty act. You can't win long-term with a passer who can't pass. It's a knee-jerk reaction to his recent success to say you'd take him over Mark Sanchez to start a team, as former Giant Amani Toomer said Saturday on 1050 ESPN New York. Sanchez is slumping, but he's been to the playoffs -- twice. Tebow will flame out at some point.

2. S Eric Smith is getting killed for taking a bad angle on Tebow's game-winning TD run, but say this for Smith: He made a hell of an effort to get back in the play and he threw his body around the entire game.

3. Still trying to figure out Rex Ryan's explanation on why they decided to try an all-out blitz on Tebow.

4. The Jets have committed four turnovers on special teams, the most in the league. You can't be a dominant unit when you keep giving the ball away.

5. Sanchez is getting bashed, but young QBs are prone to ups and downs. Look at the Bucs' Josh Freeman, also a member of the Class of '09 -- a player the Jets strongly considered that year. Coming off a terrific year in '10, Freeman leads the NFC with 13 interceptions. The last Bucs QB with at least 13 picks in nine games was Trent Dilfer in '96, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

6. Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was smart to sign that $60 million contract when he did. Since the surprising 4-1 start, the Bills have dropped three of their last four. In the first five games, Fitzpatrick had a QBR of 73.1. In the last 4 games, it's just 35.9, per ESPN Stats. Fitzpatrick plays the Jets next Sunday.

7. Debunking a myth: A disciplined team doesn't guarantee team success. Three of the four leaders in fewest penalties -- Dolphins, Jaguars and Redskins -- have a combined record of 8-21. The fourth team is the Packers, who seems to do just about everything well.

8. Cardinals QB John Skelton, the pride of Fordham, passed for 166 yards and two TDs in the fourth quarter of their comeback win over the Eagles. The last Arizona QB to throw for at last 150 and two TDs in a fourth quarter was Kurt Warner ... in Super Bowl XLIII, according to ESPN Stats.

9. The under-the-radar football team in the New York area is Stony Brook, which qualified for the FCS playoffs Saturday by beating Liberty for the Big South title. The Seawolves host Albany next Saturday in their first NCAA playoff game. It's an amazing story, considering they didn't start awarding scholarships until 2005.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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