Tim Tebow to Jets: What Tebowmania and Trade Mean for NY Jets QB Mark Sanchez

Sammy Sucu@oblivion08Senior Analyst IMarch 21, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets walks off the field after a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2011 in East Rutherford. New Jersey. The Giants won 29 - 14. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Mark Sanchez might have to start looking over his shoulder now that Tim Tebow is a Jet. 

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the New York Jets traded their fourth- and sixth-round picks in the 2012 draft to the Denver Broncos for Tim Tebow's services and a 2012 seventh-round pick.

Sanchez has put a lot of fans on edge with his play as of late. In 2011, the Jets missed the playoffs and a large part of the reason was Sanchez's inability to consistently play well. He even lost his locker room and the trust of his best receiver, Santonio Holmes. Some anonymous Jet players were even calling on the team to trade for Peyton Manning in the offseason.

Despite all that, the Jets reached an agreement to extend his contract for an extra three years, but that does not necessarily mean that his job is safe. 

Most people with football knowledge will conclude that the Jets brought in Tebow to use him in Wildcat packages like they used to with Brad Smith. In 2011, the Jets did not have Smith, and their offense looked very stagnant. Tebow will definitely change the flow of any offense, but that's not all he will do.

Last season, the Denver Broncos started their season with Tebow as their third-string quarterback. During the team's 1-4 start, Broncos fans were pleading for the team to start Tebow over both Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. Somehow, the fans' desires overpowered logic, and Tebow leapfrogged second-string quarterback Quinn and starter Orton.

Either Sanchez needs to learn how to drown out the noise from the crowd, or he needs to be more consistent with his play, because Jets fans are much more rowdy than Broncos fans. If Sanchez is not able to get the Jets to a winning record by Week 5, expect the Tebow turmoil to begin in New York. 

If there is anything in the world that can make Sanchez play more inspired football, it is Tebow. His presence on the sidelines will always haunt Sanchez's starting job. Any football fan knows that although Tebow does not make it look pretty, he knows how to close out ball games. Sanchez, on the other hand, does not know how to make it look pretty or close out ball games. He is not in an elite group of quarterbacks, so he can easily be replaced. 

So really, what does this trade mean to Sanchez?

It means that he needs to pick up his play as soon as possible, or he will forever be on the wrong side of Tebowmania. Not only will the fans decimate his confidence like they have done before, but they will be cheering and pleading for their newly acquired backup quarterback to take the reins from him. 

This trade might be the worst thing to happen to Sanchez's NFL career, or the best. If Sanchez starts to play more consistent football, it will be because he finally knows that his job is not safe anymore. That is all Jets fans and the organization want to see from him—more consistent play. 


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