Can Tebow and Sanchez Coexist?

Will Tim Tebow's arrival in New York help rally a fractured locker room or will it hurt the development of quarterback Mark Sanchez?

The prevailing sentiment amongst NFL pundits is that Tim Tebow's arrival in New York will stir controversy and distract incumbent quarterback Mark Sanchez.

In reality, Sanchez is already at a crossroads in his young career despite the Green and White awarding him a three-year contract extension.

The verdict is still out on Sanchez whose confidence was clearly shaken with the Jets in full tailspin mode, losing the final three games and missing the playoffs in 2011.

Whether Sanchez's struggles were attributed to poor offensive line play, shoddy play calling or a flawed offensive system, the fourth year pro looked more like a deer in headlights than the franchise's signal caller.

The Jets are expected to use Tebow as a ‘gadget player' who will attempt to resurrect the team's Wildcat offense and direct their ‘ground and pound' attack. There's no doubt a media circus will ensue once Tebow makes his Jets debut, but during Rex Ryan's tenure as head coach the Jets haven't exactly avoided the limelight.

As for Sanchez, it's truly put-up or shut-up time, as Gang Green is clearly turning up the heat on No. 6. With his career in the pressure cooker, Sanchez will be pressed to perform like never before. With Sanchez's leadership coming into question, Tebow is a natural born leader who can help rally fans and inspire teammates.

It's a growing misconception that there will be an open competition for the starting quarterback position in New York. Sanchez has earned the right to keep his starting job, but the organization has set a low tolerance for failure in 2012.

With Tebow entering the fold, the possibilities are limitless for Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. Utilizing Sanchez as a drop back passer and Tebow as a Wildcat quarterback could evolve into one of the most potent attacks in the NFL.

Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com

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The prevailing sentiment amongst NFL pundits is that Tim Tebow's arrival in New York will stir controversy and distract incumbent quarterback Mark Sanchez.

In reality, Sanchez is already at a crossroads in his young career despite the Green and White awarding him a three-year contract extension.

The verdict is still out on Sanchez whose confidence was clearly shaken with the Jets in full tailspin mode, losing the final three games and missing the playoffs in 2011.

Whether Sanchez's struggles were attributed to poor offensive line play, shoddy play calling or a flawed offensive system, the fourth year pro looked more like a deer in headlights than the franchise's signal caller.

The Jets are expected to use Tebow as a ‘gadget player' who will attempt to resurrect the team's Wildcat offense and direct their ‘ground and pound' attack. There's no doubt a media circus will ensue once Tebow makes his Jets debut, but during Rex Ryan's tenure as head coach the Jets haven't exactly avoided the limelight.

As for Sanchez, it's truly put-up or shut-up time, as Gang Green is clearly turning up the heat on No. 6. With his career in the pressure cooker, Sanchez will be pressed to perform like never before. With Sanchez's leadership coming into question, Tebow is a natural born leader who can help rally fans and inspire teammates.

It's a growing misconception that there will be an open competition for the starting quarterback position in New York. Sanchez has earned the right to keep his starting job, but the organization has set a low tolerance for failure in 2012.

With Tebow entering the fold, the possibilities are limitless for Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. Utilizing Sanchez as a drop back passer and Tebow as a Wildcat quarterback could evolve into one of the most potent attacks in the NFL.

Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com

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