Tim Tebow: How Can the Jets Make the Most out of Their New Quarterback?
After the Broncos acquired Peyton Manning in the offseason, it was inevitable that they would be moving Tebow, the quarterback who took over for Kyle Orton last season and helped lead the team to the playoffs.
New York has always been known for its sports media, and they will no doubt have a field day with this situation all season. You can't hear about the Jets this year without hearing about their "quarterback controversy."
Maybe that thought has some merit, as the general consensus is that Sanchez had a poor 2011 season. Yes, he did throw 18 interceptions, but he also had 26 TD passes and threw for just shy of 3,500 yards. His 83.1 QB rating was better than in his previous two seasons, both of which the Jets went to the AFC championship game.
Tebow, on the other hand, had a season that won't soon be forgotten, mainly for all the attention it garnered.
Tebow only completed 46.5 percent of his passes, but he threw 12 TD passes and ran for another six scores while running for 660 yards and 5.4 yards per carry, helping the Broncos have the league's top rushing attack. Most importantly, he won seven games as a starter before defeating the defending AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs.
So how will the Jets use Tebow this season? Did they bring him in as a publicity stunt? Legendary Jets quarterback Joe Namath seems to think so.
Maybe the Jets have a plan? Maybe they've had a plan all along. It seems to be fairly obvious that the Jets will have a "Tebow package" in their playbook. Perhaps they'll even draw up some plays that have both quarterbacks on the field at once?
So maybe the focus shouldn't be on Tebow taking the starting job from Sanchez. Maybe these two players will complement each other and work together for the better of the team. The Jets were missing a key ingredient from previous seasons last year. Brad Smith, who used to run their wildcat offense, left for Buffalo as a free agent. His absence was a glaring one, as their rushing yardage as a team went down drastically. In 2009, the team ran for 2,756 yards. Last year, that number was down to 1,692.
Is there a better wildcat quarterback than Tebow? He could help boost those rushing totals and make the Jets the ground-and-pound team that head coach Rex Ryan wants them to be.
Tebow was invited to Sanchez's annual "Jets West" camp and that can only be considered a good thing, as it will help them grow together.
Before you say that Tebow "can't throw," consider that he is the ultimate teammate and one who has succeeded at every level of football he has ever played.
If Sanchez and Tebow embrace this situation together, rather than looking at it like Tebow is breathing down Sanchez's neck to take his job, it could be a very successful tandem for "Gang Green."
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