Instead, the plan blew up in their collective faces: Sanchez regressed into one of the league's worst passers; Tebow's unconventional run-first, run-second and throw-only-when- absolutely, positively, necessary-style was relegated to special teams duty; and the Jets limped to six wins. Consequently, general manager Mike Tannenbaum was fired and coach Rex Ryan was forced to hold his second annual "I aim to fix this mess" end-of-season press conference.
Tebow's run in New York will end after one inglorious season, and new GM John Idzik has made it clear that competition is the magic elixir that will cure what ails this bunch. And that starts with Sanchez, which certainly explains the report that the Jets might kick the tires on Brady Quinn. It also sheds some light on the team's decision to work out 35-year-old David Garrard on Thursday, who last played in an NFL game during the 2010 season.
And now it sounds like there's a decent chance Garrard could be the newest Jets quarterback.
"They gave us all indications they want to do something, but they first have to move some stuff around," Garrard's agent, Al Irby, said, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini. "David is very interested, but he has some alternatives."
"Move some stuff around" is in reference to the Jets finding the salary-cap space to make a roster move. Whether Garrard, who missed 2011 with a back injury and was knocked out of training camp last year with a knee injury, truly "has some alternatives" is another matter. But even if it's an effort to get the Jets to move quickly, the reality remains unchanged: New York's current quarterback situation is in shambles. And Garrard -- despite the age, wear and tear and lack of playing time in recent seasons -- could push Sanchez for playing time.
Yes, that says much, much more about Sanchez than Garrard.
And, just in case it wasn't clear, Tebow is not an option. The Jets had plans to shop him at last week's combine (unsuccessfully, we're guessing), which means that he'll be released in the coming weeks.