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December 9, 2012

Time for Tebow?

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. —

“It was a good experience for me,” McElroy said on a conference call. “There’s been no indication, no information at this point (on who’ll start).”

Ryan wants to consult his coaching staff to have “an open discussion” and review the game film before making a decision, which he expects to have before practice Wednesday.

Tebow’s health will also likely play a role after he was inactive Sunday while recovering from two broken ribs. He is listed as the team’s No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart and was medically cleared to play against the Cardinals, but Ryan decided against making Tebow active because he felt he’s “not near 100 percent.”

Tebow had additional X-rays on his ribs Sunday to see how they’re healing and was still awaiting the results.

“Could I have forced it and went out there and played?” Tebow said on a conference call. “I think I could have managed it.”

He spoke to Ryan about being active for the game, but wasn’t successful in talking the coach into playing him — as he did on Thanksgiving night. Tebow ended up not playing against New England while McElroy was inactive, a decision Ryan later regretted.

Tebow was expected to have a major role in the offense, but instead has been just a spare part averaging about seven offensive snaps per game. After being the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, he could see the No. 3 leapfrog over him and start for the Jets.

“I’m not into hypotheticals,” Tebow said. “I’m just trying to get healthy right now.”

Now comes the biggest call of Ryan’s head coaching career: Does he give Sanchez one more shot at saving his job? Does he let McElroy show the team what he can do for a whole game? Or, does he go with Tebow, provided he’s healthy enough, in front of the quarterback’s hometown Jaguars?

“There are a lot of tough decisions you make as a coach,” Ryan said. “A lot of times, it’s easier when you put the three priorities (ahead of everything): the team, the team, the team. You’ve got to take away personal feelings and whatever, because it’s bigger than me or this person or that person.”

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