Tim Tebow: Why Star QB's Drive Will Bring Out Best in Mark Sanchez

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos talks with Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets following the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)
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If you watched the NFL last season, you know all too well that Tim Tebow does not quit.

Tebow's dedication and determination to improve his game will fuel Mark Sanchez to be a better quarterback, simply because the New York Jets starting QB doesn't want to lose his job. 

Both quarterbacks are similar in the sense that few believe in them, despite the fact they have had success in their young NFL careers. 

The doubters and haters should always push one to be the best they can be. Surely Sanchez has channelled all the negative criticism against him and used it as a means to one day prove his critics wrong. 

Now that Tebow is his backup and is gunning for the starting position, Sanchez has to step his game up in order to ensure he's QB 1 for all of 2012.

After all, a few mishaps here and there and Tebow will get his chance to shine in the Big Apple.

With Tebow's presence in the locker room and on the field, Sanchez might feel the need to always look over his shoulder. The truth is, that isn't necessary, because all Sanchez really needs to do is focus on becoming an elite quarterback and not worrying about those around him.

However, since he'll be seeing Tebow push himself to the fullest, it will bring out the best in Sanchez. Entering his fourth season in the NFL, Sanchez will work harder than he ever has before this offseason, which is a good thing.  

Sanchez told Brian Costello of the New York Post, that he is thrilled to work with Tebow. 

He’s been a great addition so far. I’m thrilled to work with him. From a competitor standpoint, he’s great. He’s what you want in an offseason program — working hard, competing with the guy in the weight room.

This is a big, strong guy, so it’s good for me. That’s been one of my goals this offseason — putting on a little more muscle mass. I’ve taken a beating during the season. It’s been a good transition and Tim’s been great.

Of course, a little part of Sanchez has to be irked the team brought Tebow in, but it is for the best. 

Having an actual threat behind him will force Sanchez to make sure he works harder to become elite. As the leader of the team, Sanchez's authority is being threatened by Tebow, which only means that the former USC Trojan needs to prove he's the real deal and the best option New York has. 

That's currently how the Jets feel right now, but after a full offseason things could easily change. 

Sanchez will try to prevent that from happening, so right now his best bet is to take Tebow's approach to getting better, apply it to himself and go from there.

All he has to do is win and his job his safe. That's easier said than done in the NFL, so look for Sanchez to push himself to the fullest this offseason, doing his best to keep Tebow the No. 2 quarterback. 



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