Tim Tebow to New York Jets: Why This Could Spell Doom for Mark Sanchez

Old AccountSenior Writer IMarch 20, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos eludes Eric Smith #33 of the New York Jets and rushes 20 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Jets 17-13.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets appear to be a potential trading destination of Tim Tebow, according to a report from the New York Daily News.

This developing story comes hours after Peyton Manning was formally introduced by the Denver Broncos at a press conference.

The Jets are among a handful of teams that have already inquired about the former first-round pick out of the University of Florida.

Rotoworld thinks that Tebow could be used in two dimensions. First, he can be a good character guy who can help straighten out a locker room that was blatantly out of line last season. Also,  the presumption is that Tebow would become the conductor of Wildcat formations.

It seems that the fan base has already accepted a deal being made, and certainly the New York media would enjoy "Tebow-Mania" being brought to the biggest media market in the world.

However, there is at least one Jets player ( not counting Antonio Cromartie) who doesn't want to see Tebow in a Jets uniform.

Two words: Mark Sanchez.

Though the idea of Tebow may sound appealing to many, the acquisition would only spell trouble for Mark Sanchez in New York.

Clearly, Sanchez is already a sensitive quarterback to begin with. He was disappointed in the Jets' short pursuit of Peyton Manning, which appears to have resulted in a questionable contract extension from the Jets.

Now Tebow, the most popular sports figure in the U.S., could ultimately win the minds and hearts of the New York Jets.

The Jets aren't saying that Tebow is an ultimate challenger to Sanchez at the quarterback position, but in reality, he will get the opportunity to do so.

He will impress the likes of Rex Ryan, who has an adoration for the hard work and passion that he brings to the game every week. He saw the dynamics of Tebow last season against his top-10 defense in the final two minutes of the game.

New offensive coordinator Tony Sparano could attempt to create Wildcat formations for Tebow. His role in John Fox's scheme led to a division title and a playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers—though it seems that defenses began finding ways to limit Tebow's explosiveness.

Ryan can no longer afford to take any chances. After the disappointing finish last season, he could be in a position to lose his job if the Jets fail to make the playoffs for two straight seasons. Mark Sanchez, on the other hand, will have a longer leash than Ryan.

That's how it works in the NFL today. If Sanchez struggles in any games this upcoming season, Ryan won't be afraid to bench the four-year veteran. There is no question that Tebow would receive the opportunity to win football games and could win over the locker room if he can pull off a comeback win.

While Tebow would be glorified, Sanchez wouldn't be able to hide from the reaction that a Tebow-comeback win warrants. 

Ultimately, he would lose control quickly in favor of Mr. Tebow. The New York Jets need to do themselves a favor and avoid trading for Tebow.

Unless of course, they are ready to let Sanchez find the next flight out of New York City.


Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter.