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Tim Tebow: Why Popular QB Will Replace Mark Sanchez by Week 6

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 10: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets looks at teammate Mark Sanchez #6 on the sideline against the Cincinnati Bengals during a preseason NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on August 10, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 19, 2012

Tim Tebow will take Mark Sanchez's job this year, it's only a matter of time. I'm predicting that matter of time is no more than six weeks into the NFL regular season.

Tebow is perhaps the highest profile, most popular backup QB in the history of the sport. If he doesn't hold the all-time crown, he's certainly the most popular in recent memory. This is New York, so every story is 10-times bigger.

The Jets brought Tebow to town for a reason, and if you believe it was just to run the Wildcat and to carry some special teams duties, you're mistaken.

The Jets want to capitalize on his popularity and his undeniable ability to lead and inspire teammates. Even a starter firmly entrenched in his role would have a hard time holding the Tebow train at bay.

The term "firmly entrenched" does not accurately describe Sanchez and his situation.

From the bickering with head coach Rex Ryan (per ESPN in 2011) to the inconsistent play, Sanchez doesn't have the most job security. If he did, it's unlikely the Jets would have even moved to acquire Tebow during the offseason.

Sanchez is on a short leash and I'm predicting the Jets are going to walk a new dog before the mid-way point of the season. The Jets lack weapons in the passing game.

I expect Santonio Holmes' production to taper off without a big physical WR to complement him.

In addition to that void, he and Sanchez don't have the best chemistry, per Huffington Post.

The running game was ranked 21st in the NFL last season, and Sanchez desperately needs that aspect of the offense to flourish. He's at his best when he can utilize play-action.

Taking a look at the Jets' early schedule further supports my concept.

In Week 1, the Jets host the Buffalo Bills. This is a division game, so that makes it a tough one despite the perceived quality of the opponent.

The Bills figure to be tough this season.

The defense should be improved with the addition of Mario Williams and the Bills' front office put a lot of emphasis on improving on that side of the ball. I think Buffalo is going to pull the mini-upset in this game.

In Week 2, the Jets visit the Pittsburgh Steelers, and I don't see Sanchez leading the team to a road victory over a team like the Steelers. The Jets were 2-6 on the road last season and 
I believe the 2011 team had more weapons.

In Week 3, they play at Miami, whom they should beat, but Ryan Tannehill looks like he'll be the starter. He's been surprising and he brings a different dynamic, but I'll still give the Jets this victory.

But I wouldn't be surprised if they lost this one on the road as well.

They host the Niners and the Texans in Weeks 4 and 5, and both of those figure to be losses. The Niners are the NFL's best team in my opinion, and the Texans are a high-powered offense that will get pressure on Sanchez.

I can't see the Jets defense slowing the Texans offense enough to allow the Sanchez-led offense to keep pace.

At this point of the season, I expect the Jets to be 1-4 heading into Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts. If this happens, how loud do you expect the calls for Tebow to be?

I can guarantee you they will be deafening.

The Jets will represent the same type of reclamation project the Denver Broncos were last season. I won't predict if Tebow will have the same type of impact on the Jets that he did on the Broncos.

But I'm willing to bet we're going to find out.

 

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