Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow: A match made in heaven?
Mark Sanchez will be the New York Jets starter, but Tim Tebow could make the offense more dynamic as a situational player. Or the whole thing could blow up in the Jets' face.
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What’s more, the Jets are currently overstocked at quarterback. Last week, they signed Drew Stanton from the Detroit Lions to fill the backup slot, and they already have Greg McElroy, who won a college national championship with Alabama, sitting in the third spot.Skip to next paragraph
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There is a chance that Sanchez could play well, Tebow will fulfill his wildcat duties beautifully, and Ryan and new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano will look pretty smart. But if that doesn’t happen, the Jets will look like attention-hogging star chasers with nothing to show for it.
And that media circus? The minute Sanchez trips up, they’ll call for his starting job. If Tebow stumbles, too, they’ll be calling for Ryan’s and Sparano’s.
Perhaps the biggest loser in all of this is Florida, the state Tebow calls home.
Down in Miami, Tebow marks the fifth time that the Dolphins have reportedly gone after a big catch and come up empty. The franchise has already lost out on Peyton Manning, head coach Jeff Fisher, quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Alex Smith, which begs the question: What’s scaring people away from Miami?
Seven hours north in Jacksonville, there's good and bad news. Tebow reportedly choosing New York over his hometown Jags is somewhat of a slap in the face, and the failure of the new management to complete another big acquisition doesn't bode well for the coming season.
However, the fact that general manager Gene Smith, new head coach Mike Mularkey, and new owner Shahid Kahn came together and gave their all to bring Tebow home is a heartening sign because it means they understand what it could mean for the city of Jacksonville – an encouraging sign that Kahn means it when he claims he wants to keep the team in town.
Furthermore, it means they understand that the Jaguars need to be bold in their management decisions to regain relevance within the league. They've shown they have the willingness to go after big-draw players in the future.
And since Tebow went elsewhere, the Jaguars can do what they originally professed they would: focus on building a team around quarterback Blaine Gabbert and shore up the team's many weak spots. If they keep showing Tebow-level aggressiveness in the coming offseason, if just might work.
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