LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Joe Theismann passed for more than 25,206 yards and 160 touchdowns during his 12-year career with the Washington Redskins. He knows a thing or two about playing quarterback at the elite level and can identify talent when he sees it.
In this case of the New York Jets, it’s talent when he doesn’t see it.
The Jets have struggled mightily this season as cries for Mark Sanchez’s benching grew louder.
The problem? Tim Tebow was waiting in the wings.
Having been eliminated from playoff contention and with only two games remaining, Rex Ryan appears to have finally found a solution in Greg McElroy.
Too little, too late.
“Our business is a business of ‘can you deliver when you have to?’,” Theismann told Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan. “Mark (Sanchez) has done none of that.”
Theismann says he couldn’t understand why Ryan didn’t stick with McElroy after he replaced a lethargic Sanchez and led the Jets to a Week 13 win.
“I think Mark was given every opportunity,” he said.
But the Super Bowl winning quarterback does agree with Ryan’s decision not to play Tebow. In fact, he was down right adamant it was the right call.
“I want to make this very clear to everybody — Tim Tebow is a wonderful young man, but he can’t play quarterback,” said Theismann. “He cannot throw the football well enough for a team to be able to function with him at the quarterback position. I don’t know when people are going to finally come to the realization and be honest about it.”
And to really hammer home his point . . .
“He’s basically become the Kim Kardashian of football. He’s a celebrity, but what talent does he bring?”