Tim Tebow to Jets: What Tebow's Arrival Could Mean for the Jets in 2012

Stephen FenechCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets and quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos meet at midfield after the Broncos defeated the Jets 17-13 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Tim Tebow scored the game winning touchdown with 58 seconds remaining in the game.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Tebowmania is on the move, and he isn't going just anywhere. Oh no, the legend that is Tim Tebow is heading to the media capital of the country: New York. The Denver Broncos have agreed to send Tebow and a seventh-round pick to the New York Jets in exchange for their fourth- and sixth-round selections

Do you remember how inescapable Tebowmania was?

Now, Tim Tebow is in New York, where everything is over-analyzed and overblown.

The Jets traded for Tebow to back up current starter, Mark Sanchez and to run a Wildcat passage for presumably anywhere between six and 10 plays a game. 

Tebow has some experience being a backup quarterback. Just ask Kyle Orton

Kyle Orton opened last season as the starting quarterback in Denver, but after a 1-4 start, the the call for Tebow was too loud to ignore. This led John Fox to insert Tebow as the starter, but it also led to a major overhaul of the offense. The call for Tebow when the starter struggled was too much for the coaching staff to ignore.

Why would this be any different in New York?

It isn't like Mark Sanchez is loved by the Jets fanbase. With or without Tebow's arrival, this was always going to be the year that would define Sanchez's career in New York. 

Sanchez will be entering his fourth season as the Jets' quarterback and isn't showing the progress many thought he would by this point. Throw that in with the fact that the Jets missed the playoffs last year and the writing is on the wall.

If Sanchez doesn't open the season playing well and the team starts slowly, then the calls for Tebow will be even more deafening than they were in Denver last season. 

Would Tebow perform better than Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback for the New York Jets?

Not from the pocket he wouldn't. But Tebow did prove last year that he is capable of leading a winning team. This isn't to say that Sanchez hasn't quarterback a winning team. We shouldn't forget that he was the starting quarterback when the Jets appeared in back to back AFC Championship games. 

The quarterback position is defined by winning football games above everything else, and the Jets fans will not tolerate another sub-par season from Sanchez with Tebow waiting in the wings.

Sanchez will now feel the pressure that comes with Tebow as his backup. Maybe this will push Sanchez into becoming the player the Jets hoped they were drafting with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft.

At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is winning football games. The Jets will start the quarterback they think will give them their best chance to win football games on a consistent basis, whether that is Sanchez or Tebow. 

No one knows what will happen this season in New York, but one thing is for sure: Tebowmania has arrived in the media capital of the country, and Sanchez is behind the eight ball.