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He once drew comparisons to Joe Namath after helping the Jets to consecutive AFC title games in his first two seasons, but his lack of improvement the last two years have caused him to fall out of favor. Ryan was non-committal Thursday when asked about Sanchez’s long-term future.

“Whether it’s not a ringing endorsement or whatever, I have absolutely zero focus on that right now,” he said. “Everybody knows I’ve been supportive of Mark Sanchez. I think he still has the skill set to be a good quarterback in this league and we’ve won a lot of games with him.”

Tebow was supposed to be the spark that got the offense going, but instead he spent most of his time on the sideline. His numbers are far from special: He has rushed for 102 yards on 32 carries and is 6 of 8 for 39 yards, and has a stunning zero touchdowns.

Tebow repeatedly said he was “excited” to be a member of the Jets when he first came from Denver in a trade in March, and he reiterated that throughout the season. But he acknowledged that he was “a little bit disappointed” that Ryan chose McElroy to start over him _ at least for Sunday.

Now, Tebow could be an ex-Jet less than a year after he came to New York with lots of expectations.

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