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As soon as Tim Tebow’s trade to the New York Jets was finalised everyone began to offer his/her opinion as to why it was a terrible move.The fallout seemed inevitable.
If you say you’re committed to Mark Sanchez and just gave him a big contract extension, why bring someone else in?
Well, the Jets are sticking to the theory that the two quarterbacks will each flourish in their separate, defined roles. Sanchez will be the full-time starter. Tebow will work out of the Wildcat under new offensive coordinator Tony Sporano as well as goal line plays or even special teams.
The better question that many forgot to ask, though, is: How GOOD can Tebow be for the Jets?
If New York’s 2012 schedule says anything, Tebow won’t just be good with the Jets, he’ll THRIVE.
The Jets’ running game was dreadful in 2011, ranking 22nd in the NFL.
Luckily for the Jets, they not only add Tebow to the mix but also play nine of their 16 games against awful run defenses.
They include two games each against division rivals the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills.
As well as games versus the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, and St. Louis Rams.
Of those seven teams none ranked any better than 17th in rush defence in 2011.
The schedule is not all easy, though. Tebow and the run game will probably have to take a back seat to Sanchez and the passing game when New York faces great run defenses like the Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Regardless, all the terrible run defenses the New York Jets will play in 2012 should propel Tim Tebow to some big numbers.
Perhaps when Tebow said he had long been excited about the possibility of playing for Rex Ryan, he really meant Ryan’s new offensive coordinator.
For a preview of what Tebow may look like in the Jets’ new offence, watch these Ronnie Brown highlights from when he led the Miami Dolphins and Sporano to the playoffs in 2008 as the lead back in the Wildcat system.
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