Timsanity has hit Broadway. I fully expect there will be tons of criticism about this move until Tebow takes a snap in the green and white. That said, there’s no question in my mind that this move makes sense. Let’s break down the trade and see exactly how this is.
THE RUN GAME
Tebow showed us last year how affective he is with a running based offense, to the point where there are many who believe he’d fit in better as a fullback then he would as a QB. Tebow’s ability to run the option offense in Denver was truly remarkable, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t be able to do the same in New York. The Jets have a strong run game powered by a solid offensive line similar to the one Tebow had in Denver. If Tebow does end up taking any snaps for the Jets, you can bet your bottom dollar offensive coordinator Tony Sparano will be calling on the option as well as some other creative run packages to highlight Tebow’s talents.
THE RED ZONE
If it weren’t for Plaxico Burress, im convinced the Jets would have had the worst Red Zone numbers in the league. They simply could not get it done inside the 20. Tim Tebow is an excellent asset in these situations. Lining up with Tebow under center will make put opposing defenses on their heels, having to prepare for either an option play, a pass play or a qb sneak. That’s an invaluable red zone weapon that the Jets desperately need.
COMPETITION FOR SANCHEZ
Let’s be honest, Sanchez has had it easy these past 3 years. No matter how many mistakes he made, Sanchez never had to worry about a back up QB coming after his job. As of yesterday, that is no longer true. As soon as Sanchez and the Jets lose their first game, there’s no question people will calling for Tebow. People are already calling for him to be the starter now. There is no longer any room for error on the part of Mark Sanchez. This trade comes at a time when Jets fan are beginning to lose their patience with their starting pivot. Even before the trade was made, many fans including myself considered this upcoming season to be the final test for Mark Sanchez. With Tim Tebow breathing down his neck, it will be interesting to see how Sanchez reacts. My guess is that his play will improve. If it doesn’t, Gang Green will gets it’s first taste of Tebowmania.
Playing in New York comes with it’s fair share of pressure. Tebow demonstrated that he thrives in the spotlight, leading his Broncos to an improbable playoff berth and an even more improbable playoff win against the Steelers. Tebow brings motivation, enthusiasm and charisma to a New York Jets team that needs a lot of psychological help. I have the feeling that Tim Tebow is one of those players who thrives in the spotlight and will help lead the Jets back to the playoffs in either a supporting or starting role.
The jury is out as far as this trade goes. The Jets gave up relatively little in the way of draft picks for Tebow, and only when the season begins will we trully be able to see if it was worth the effort. Either way, I believe Tebow has a bright future in the Big Apple.
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