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The New York Jets were one of the most dysfunctional teams in the National Football League last year, and after a disappointing 8-8 campaign, one would think that the last thing the Jets would have wanted was to carry that dysfunction over into the offseason.
That hasn't been the case, at least under center.
The team tried and failed to pursue free agent signal-caller Peyton Manning, mended fences with starter Mark Sanchez by inking him to a three-year contract extension and then tore that fence right back down by trading for former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York recently reported that the Jets have asked Tebow to bulk up to around 250 pounds, and that head coach Rex Ryan has plans to utilize Tebow as a Wildcat quarterback, especially inside the red zone.
However, other pundits have already begun the countdown as to when Tebow will usurp Sanchez as the Jets starter, with Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. telling ESPN that he expects the switch to be made by the middle of the 2012 season.
“My prediction is he will see immediate time as a backup, maybe 15-20 snaps a game from the start,” Williamson explained. “Then, I think [coach] Rex Ryan will look at it more and more like Tebow gives the Jets the better chance to win.
"The Jets' defense is so strong and they’re pretty good on special teams that they could play Tebow more and more, because it gives them the best chance to have a winning record this year.
"That may not be the right answer long term, but I don’t think Rex cares about that. He’s probably feeling a little heat there with the Jets. I think Tebow becomes the starter before midseason.”