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Rex Ryan tables Tim Tebow talk… for now.

It’s not Tebow Time just yet. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

It was about this time last season when the Denver Broncos decided they had seen enough of Kyle Orton at quarterback and gave the masses want they demanded by making Tim Tebow their full-time starter.

As awful as the New York Jets looked in Sunday’s 34-0 beatdown by the San Francisco 49ers, Rex Ryan is not ready to make a move at QB. At least not yet.

The cascade of “Tee-boww!” chants drowned out the groans and boos from the frustrated home crowd on a day that saw Jets starter Mark Sanchez complete only 13 of 29 passes for 103 yards and his fourth interception of the season. But New York’s struggles go well beyond the quarterback position, and for the time being, Ryan will stay the course.

“I just know in my heart right now, this is not the time,” Ryan said. “I think Tim is an outstanding player and I think Mark is. Right now, I think Mark gives us our best opportunity to win.”

In addition to the game, the Jets also leading receiver Santonio Holmes to a still-undiagnosed foot injury on Sunday. His extended absence won’t make things any easier for Sanchez when the Jets host unbeaten Houston this week.

Tebow threw one pass in the defeat – his first of the season – and completed it for nine yards. But if Sanchez continues to put up the kind of clunkers he has since his big Week 1 performance against Buffalo, it’s not a matter of if the Jets make a change, but when.

New York’s bye comes in Week 9, after two more AFC East contests against the Patriots and Dolphins that should give Ryan a better sense of whether Sanchez can get the job done or if it’s time to implement the backup plan. The off week would give the Jets time to polish a Wildcat offense that has underwhelmed to date.

But while Ryan is remaining patient, Jets owner Woody Johnson could soon demand a switch. He called Sunday’s performance “absolutely unacceptable” and said the Tebow question is one “that’s going to be asked more frequently if this progresses.”

When do you think the Jets will make the move to Tebow at QB? Will Sanchez make it to the end of the season as New York’s starter?

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.
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