I would like to begin this article by clarifying that I am not a Tim Tebow fan, and am one of his biggest critics. However, this move by the New York Jets to trade for him, while shocking, is actually not a bad decision.
The worst part of this move is that the New York Jets have already seemingly committed to Mark Sanchez as their quarterback of the future, at least for the next few seasons, signing him to an extension earlier this offseason. But should Sanchez continue to struggle as he has for the most part so far, inserting Tim Tebow into the lineup is not a bad option.
Most people who dislike Tebowmania do so because they believe Tebow is given too much credit for all the games the Broncos have won this year. But one cannot dispute what Tebow has brought to the Broncos offense.
Despite poor passing mechanics and accuracy, Tebow manages time and time again to succeed in the fourth quarter, when he surprisingly begins to complete pass after pass and scramble for multiple first downs.
Due to this sudden and bizarre improvement in quarterback play when in the clutch, many have dubbed such wins as "miracles."
But what people do not realize is that Tebow has had a ton of help, not only from kickers who are capable of completing 59-yard field goals or running backs who oddly decide to run out of bounds and fumble the ball, but also from a stingy defense and a strong running game.
The strong play of the defense kept games within only a few scores for the Broncos offense, and the strong running game allowed the Broncos to keep the opposing offense off the field longer and thus continue to limit scoring. This all helped to pave the way for Tebow's heroics at the end of games.
If Tebow is ever thrust into a starting role with the Jets, he will not have as great a running back as McGahee to lean on. But he will have Shonn Greene, who despite his underachieving career thus far has still managed to rush for 1,000 yards and more than four yards per carry last season.
And the Jets defense is even more stellar than the Broncos defense. Time and time again, they have kept games close for Sanchez to attempt to mount comebacks. They could do so for Tebow as well and allow him to work his magic.
For the most part, however, we can still expect Mark Sanchez to be the starter on the team for now. The two may battle it out in training camp, but Sanchez will likely win the battle due to his experience in the offense and his better throwing mechanics.
If Sanchez struggles down the stretch in 2012, though, Rex Ryan will now have another trick up his sleeve.