Why Tim Tebow Will Become Jets' Starting QB by Week 6

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2012

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 30:  Mark Sanchez #6 (L) and Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets stand on the sidelines during their preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on August 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Let's face it New York Jets fans: Mark Sanchez will not be the starting quarterback by the end of the 2012 NFL season.

Despite sporting a 27-20 career record as a starter and 55 touchdowns to 51 interceptions for his Jets career, Sanchez, and the entire Jets' offense as a whole, has been disappointing (see: 2012 preseason).

For all the talk that comes out of Rex Ryan's mouth, the second-class team in New York has nothing to show for it and can't be compared to its fellow NYC counterparts, the New York Giants.

Although the Giants have had much more success than the Jets this decade, Gang Green continues to dominate headlines and media outlets.

Enter Tim Tebow.

The Jets acquired the Florida standout just months after he lead the Denver Broncos to an improbable win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card Round of the 2011 playoffs.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, Sanchez's controversial wide receiver Santonio Holmes believes the acquisition of Tebow by the Jets rattled Sanchez:

"I think since Day 1, it was a focus that kind of rattled him a little. I use that word only to say that, 'Wow, how did this happen?' Those were words that came out of his mouth." 

Sanchez has had his fair share of ups and downs in the NFL, but having fan-favorite Tim Tebow overshadowing him isn't going to help his psyche.

Once Sanchez throws together a string of bad games, the New York fans will be calling for Tebow, just as Broncos fans did in Denver with Kyle Orton.

That's why I believe Week 6 presents the best opportunity for fans to see Tebow running the show in New York.

The Jets begin their season with a tough matchup against the Buffalo Bills—one that I have them losing—and then travel to Pittsburgh to face a staunch Steelers defense, where Sanchez will struggle.

Jets begin the season 0-2.

Week 3 will see the Jets play the Miami Dolphins, where I think Sanchez has a good week and earns a win, but follows that up with a loss to the defensive-minded San Francisco 49ers, where Sanchez is mauled by that 49ers' D.

By Week 5, I have the Jets at 1-3, and it doesn't get any better as they host the Houston Texans on Monday night football, where Sanchez is combatted by the Texans' defense on national television, forcing the Jets to make the change at QB.

That makes the Jets 1-4 heading into a home game against rookie QB Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts—a perfect game for Tebow to start his Jets career.

Indianapolis is projected to have a poor defense and Tebow should be able to gain confidence from the home crowd in New York and pull out a victory for the Jets, again forcing the Jets organization to yield to the fans' pressure to continue starting Tebow despite a tough Week 7 matchup at New England.


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