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Tim Tebow: Jets QB Is Right To Think He May Not Start Again

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MARCH 26:  Quarterback Tim Tebow addresses the media as he is introduced as a New York Jet at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on March 26, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey. Tebow, traded from the Denver Broncos last week, will be the team's backup quarterback according to Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, started 11 games in 2011 for Denver and finished with a 7-4 record as a starter. He led the Broncos to a playoff overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round before eventually losing to the New England Patriots in the next round.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIMarch 31, 2012

The New York Jets' newly acquired backup quarterback Tim Tebow is right to be unsure if he will ever be a starting quarterback again.

Tebow recently made a statement that he is "not sure" if he'll ever be a starting quarterback again now that he is in New York.

Of course, his statement got blown out of proportion, as things always do in the Big Apple, but it is a perfectly logical belief that Tebow won't ever start a game for the Jets.

Mark Sanchez just signed on for five more years at $58.25 million, a preposterous contract for a quarterback who showed signs of regression in 2011. Either way, "Sanchize" is there to stay and won't be going anywhere.

He especially won't be going to the bench in favor of Tebowmania.

The Jets faithful will be begging for Tebow if their team starts 1-2. Even more so if that record is because of mistakes made by Sanchez.

That won't happen, though. Rex Ryan won't be benching the player who has been deemed the franchise quarterback and he certainly won't believe that Tebow can be more effective than Sanchez.

Tebow had a 46.5 completion percentage last season, 10 percentage points less than the man who he is now backing up.

Sanchez gets hammered by the New York media for his inaccuracy and tip-toeing in the pocket. Tebow would meet the same fate if he was a starter.

It seems like the Jets will be using Tebow in a Wildcat package, sprinkling him in five to six times a game as either a decoy or a ball-carrier.

Chances are, that's going to work out well with Ryan's squad. The Wildcat is extremely difficult to defend, especially when a bruiser like Tebow is running it.

The Jets will realize they have a good mix once they start running the Wildcat, and if it's not broken, don't fix it.

Tebow's days as a starter in New York blew by the wayside before training camp even started and he won't get much of a shot barring an injury to Sanchez.

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