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Tim Tebow to Jets: Why New York Jets Will Regret Investing in Tim Tebow

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos looks on after the Broncos lost 45-10 against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Danny PaskasSenior Analyst IMarch 26, 2012

The New York Jets will not regret trading for Tim Tebow because of the circus he will bring with him. The circus has already been with the Jets and with all of New York.

If fans and analysts alike thought Tebow was anointed too quickly, Mark Sanchez was tagged the Sanchise after riding the back of a top defense and the league's No. 1 running game in his first season—which is just as ridiculous as all of the media attention around Timmy, especially when someone glances over Sanchez's numbers.

In his rookie season, the Sanchise completed only 53.8 percent of his passes while throwing eight more interceptions than touchdowns and fumbling the ball eight times.

In the Sanchise's second season, he completed 54.8 percentage of his passes and improved his TD/INT ratio with 17 touchdowns to 13 interceptions.

Last season, Sanchez raised his completion percentage to 56.7, threw nine more TDs than he did in the previous season but also threw five more interceptions.

While he improved statistically, he hardly looked like a franchise QB who deserved a contract extension.

New York needed to bring in a backup QB, just in case. And they did when they signed Drew Stanton, before succumbing to the running abilities and polarization that comes with Tebow.

Tebow is obviously the bigger name, but it does seem funny to hear commentators and fans make an argument that if Sanchez slips up and loses a few games, fans would be demanding Tebow take over.

Guess what? This is the New York Jets—fans would be demanding for Stanton or whoever the backup QB is if Sanchez performs poorly.

So the Jets won't regret trading for Tebow because the fans will demand he is the starter either.

New York's regret will come from the failure of addressing the more pressing team needs the front office should have dealt with before sending their private plane to pick up the new backup, possibly future starting QB.

The Jets failed to improve the offensive line, a unit that has been on the decline since the 2010 offseason when they cut Alan Faneca and drafted the disastrous Vladimir Ducasse. Before the start of this season, the team cut ties with Damien Woody.

While Nick Mangold, D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Brandon Moore remain very productive on the offensive line, the Jets need more—especially at right guard where Wayne ''Revolving Door'' Hunter is the starter.

This season, the offensive line allowed 40 sacks and 70 QB hits. 

Signing former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Vernon Carey, who already knows the blocking system since he played under Tony Sparano last season, would have made a lot more sense than bringing in Tebow. Sparano is the Jets' new offensive coordinator.

DENVER - DECEMBER 20:  Chaz Schilens #81 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after scoring a touchdown late in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on December 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Raiders defeated the Bro
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Another move the Jets should have made before Tebow is upgrading the receiving corps. And, no, the signing of Chaz Schilens, the former Oakland Raiders receiver who has 72 receptions in his four-year career, does not count.

Going into next season, New York's receiver depth chart includes a locker room problem in Santonio Holmes, second-year receiver Jeremy Kerley, Schilens and the re-signed Patrick Turner, who has a whopping 10 receptions in two seasons.

The Jets also need help at safety (due to the departing Jim Leonhard), linebacker (with Bart Scott on his way out), and running back and they can definitely use a legitimate pass rusher.

If a majority of upgrades at the positions of need were made through free agency, Tebow could have made more sense.

But if New York is not able to plug the holes by way of the upcoming draft, they will regret making the big, splashy Tebow move that put them in the middle of the sports world. 

Now, with an even bigger spotlight, everyone will see just how incomplete of a team the Jets are.

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