The San Francisco 49ers Out-Tebowed The Jets
For the New York Jets, the most embarrassing part of their disastrous loss to San Francisco wasn't the 34-0 score. It was how Jim Harbaugh took the Jets' strategy and improved on it in every way.
Much Ado About Tebow could be the name of a movie adaptation of the New York Jets' 2012 season — though why the hell anyone would make that, I don't know — but so far, he's been terribly utilized by offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and head coach Rex Ryan. The vaunted Wildcat attack that both guys trumpeted at the beginning of the season has been nonexistent, and when he has taken the field, Tebow has been brutally ineffective.
This was bad enough before Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers came into the Jets' house and gave a masterclass on how to manage a running quarterback — in this case, second-year player Colin Kaepernick — on their way to a 34-0 win. Meanwhile, Alex Smith, who had a very ordinary 12/21, 143-yard, 2-sack game, still looked like a model for the type of game manager that the Jets hope Sanchez can be. (Spoiler alert: he can't.)
Here's what I mean.
Kaepernick play #1: a read option (with a speed option on top!) that gains 10+ yards and a first down.
Kaepernick play #2: a long incompletion to Randy Moss.
Kaepernick play #3: a sweep to the left that results in a TD.
Harbaugh just gets it.
Meanwhile, how did the Jets use Tebow?
It's also worth looking quickly at Alex Smith.
Also, SMITH TAKES CARE OF THE BALL. Sanchez doesn't.
The Jets are supposed to be a team that controls games on offense and wins them on defense. But right now they don't have enough talent to do either. And their failure to put either of their quarterbacks in position to succeed suggests that it doesn't really matter much which one of them starts.