Tim Tebow Move Could Be Major Setback for New York Jets

Matthew StoneContributor IIMarch 24, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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As a die-hard New York Jets fan, the acquisition of former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is just another setback in the franchise's infamous history.

Tebow—who led the Broncos to a AFC West title and a overtime playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers—now becomes the Jets' backup quarterback behind the oft-scrutinized Mark Sanchez.

Sanchez, who took a step back in 2011, now faces more pressure than he has ever encountered in his career heading into the 2012 season.

The Jets were rumored to be in the running for future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, and this could not have been beneficial to Sanchez's psyche. Now, Gang Green puts one of the NFL's most high-profile names in Tebow behind Sanchez.

The Jets' move to extend Sanchez this offseason signaled that the organization was ready to move on with Sanchez as the starting quarterback. Now, the team puts a player who will get snaps on the field behind Sanchez. And this could ultimately make Sanchez fade out of the starting lineup, and, ultimately, the New York Jets.

Now, if Sanchez does implode and Tebow takes over, this will show that Sanchez was never the man to lead New York to the promised land. However, Tebow is not the man to do that either. If Sanchez does depart, the Jets will likely need to look to the NFL draft or a trade in order to find their next franchise-type quarterback.

Tebow's arrival will be beneficial in the run game, but how he psychologically affects Sanchez could be his biggest mark in New York.