Matt’s Take:



After looking under the Christmas tree, the New York Jets’ prayers have been answered.



Four-year starter Mark Sanchez has been benched, in favor of the unproven Greg McElroy, and rumors have it that Tim Tebow will more than likely be cut after the season. There’s even speculation that Sanchez is on the trading block.



What more could the Jets ask for? If you don’t believe in Santa, New Yorkers, you better start.



The Jets’ love affair with Sanchez has come to a screeching halt, thankfully. I’m not trying to be overly harsh, but have you watched him play?
Exactly.



And Tebow. Well, all I have to say is that Tebow Time in the Big Apple came to an end before it ever started. It’s amazing what you miss in the blink of an eye.



So what’s next for Gang Green?



The simple solution — sign, trade for, kidnap or do whatever you have to do — put Mike Vick under center.



Sure, it’s probably a bit tricky to pull off since both Sanchez and Vick have big paydays in 2013, but both teams are looking to start fresh, so why not pull the old quarterback swap.



Talk about the media circus that would ensue. Now that’s what I call must-see TV.
The likelihood of this trade happening is probably slim to none, but a guy can dream, right?



More than likely the Jets won’t be able to find a suitor for Sanchez, so he will ride the pine next year as the club’s backup.



The Jets need to focus on rebuilding around the talent they do have.



If they play their cards right, this team can be competitive. All it takes is a few smart moves by the front office.



Happy New Year.



Andrew’s take:



The difference between what “should” and what “will” happen is very distinct.



A lot of what we do here in the Double Take offices is predictive. We make assumptions about the future and, often, we make claims with relative certainty.
We operate under the assumption that, for the most part, figures in the sports world know the difference between right and wrong, and will make their decisions accordingly.



Then there are the “wild cards.” Just like those rogue coworkers who make it so hard to understand how the universe has allowed such a personality to survive — much less stay employed — that turn your understanding of existence upside down.



In the NFL, that coworker is the New York Jets. I just don’t understand.



So here’s what SHOULD happen in 2013…



The Statue of Liberty should wad up Tim Tebow like scrap paper and punt him back to Florida. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan should get his way in 2013 and get the chance to break team jersey sales records. Is that too much to ask, when a winning record is out of the question?



What should happen with Mark Sanchez is a more-complex question. That dirty, dirty Sanchez.



I know the subject doesn’t seem that tough. You just have to get rid of a bad quarterback. But his contract makes it difficult. If any team makes the (poor) decision to trade for Sanchez, he will be terribly overpaid.



Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum should cut that fool. Yes, they’ll take an $8 million dollar hit, but Sanchez probably isn’t moveable. He cannot be allowed back on a MetLife sideline, because the fans may burn that mother down.



Tannenbaum should trade for Seattle Seahawk’s backup Matt Flynn.



Next season, the team will be healthy and, if they stay that way, Flynn should make a playoff run.



Oh yeah, Jets head coach Rex Ryan should be fired. And Chicago Bears head couch Lovie Smith will be. This way, Ryan can go to Chicago and run the Bears into the ground.



That would make me happy.