Tim Tebow: How Can the Jets Make the Most out of Their New Quarterback?

Travis Wakeman@@traviswakeman10Correspondent IIJune 11, 2012

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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Tim Tebow became a New York Jet after the team sent a fourth- and sixth-round pick to the Denver Broncos for the heavily talked about 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.

Immediately, there was talk of how long it would take for Tebow to take the reigns from Mark Sanchez as the Jets starting quarterback, as that same day ESPN had a poll asking that very question.

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."