Tim Tebow Trade Shows Jets Are Finally on the Right Track

Ted LeeCorrespondent IMay 29, 2012

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 24:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets works out at an organized team activity at the New York Jets Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on May 24, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets acquisition of Tim Tebow back in March has been nothing but controversial. 

Looking at this trade from an optimistic view, there is nothing to hate about acquiring Tebow. It is only beneficial to the Jets and Tebow himself. To the Jets, Tebow gives leadership, positive publicity, and actual competition to Mark Sanchez. To Tebow, the Jets give a better overall team than the Denver Broncos, if Tebow was to take over the quarterback position.

After an underachieving season in which they failed to make the playoffs, the Jets needed to make a splash in the offseason, especially once the Giants won the Super Bowl. By acquiring Tebow the Jets get leadership, a nonexistent quality to a team in disarray that finished last season with a record of 8-8.

What Tebow did to the Broncos when he took over the starting job is nothing short of remarkable. Tebow was the spark that made the 20th ranked defense in the league play like a top five defense. The Jets now have a true leader on the team, capable of motivating players to reach their potential.

It's no question that Tebow has constant publicity on him. With his "do right" attitude, the Jets get an enormous amount of publicity that is not about internal conflicts or trash talk between players. All the media focus will be on Tebow only.

An example was in Sports Illustrated's "Monday Morning Quarterback," where Peter King counted the words in New York's five biggest newspapers from last weeks stories of Tebow's Jets debut and the Giants Hakeem Nicks foot injury in practice. In reality, Nicks' foot is a much more important story, but Tebow received all the media attention. Tebow has the potential to make potential problems of the Jets less publicized, something that is more important than it seems. 

While Mark Sanchez improved last season, all that was remembered was the teams failure to make the playoffs. The target on Sanchez is bigger than ever and if he doesn't perform at expectation level this year he will most likely be done, regardless of the support from the head coach. With a legitimate backup to start the season, Sanchez will have no choice but to improve and practice harder than ever. Bringing in Tebow may help Sanchez live up to expectations. 

The acquisition of Tebow was nothing but positive. The Jets are built to win now, and acquiring someone like Tebow may be the extra step needed to make it to the top. They needed a catalyst with all the right qualities, and Tebow was the best acquisition they could make.