Not a Jets fan but I am a Tebow fan (don't kill me) so I figured I’d weigh in on him here. I’m sorry if any or all of these points were hit on already in other posts and comments.
1) The circus – Everyone seems to point to this as the reason to not get him and the first incompletion by Sanchez they’ll chant Tebow blah blah. Well, who cares what the fans think? Good franchises don’t make moves to appease fans, they make moves to win games. So what if Sanchez has to hear chants? He’s a professional athlete. I’m sorry but if you get distracted by what’s going on in the stands you don’t deserve to be in the NFL. Let alone be an NFL quarterback.
2) Is he an NFL QB? – My answer to this is he can be. Although of course he is terribly inaccurate with a god awful motion, he does possess the 2 foundational things to be an NFL QB in my opinion. First is arm. You must be able to get it downfield or you simply can’t be successful. Tebow can do this. He clearly has a strong arm by his completing multiple 40+ yard bombs last year. Second is reading a defense. Many highly drafted QBs couldn’t do this in the NFL and washed out of the league as a result. Go to 1:40 of this video and tell me if Tebow can diagnose a defense. The guy seems to clearly have football intelligence as a player and a QB. Of those 3 things (accuracy, arm strength, football IQ), you could argue accuracy could be the easiest to improve.
3) How can they use him with Sanchez? – This is the tricky part. I was saying all last year watch out if Tebow ever gets a real defense. Denver does not have a real defense. Contrary to popular belief, Tebow didn’t ride a great defense to the playoffs. Denver was ranked 20 or below in almost every defensive stat out there last year. The Jets have a legitimate top 5 defense. Tebow could win without attempting a pass with this caliber of defense. I don’t want to upset anyone here but Mark Sanchez was bad last year. If he was mediocre (like Flacco or Alex Smith) and not bad you guys would have been in the playoffs with that caliber of defense. And this is where you must think outside the box of traditional NFL Quarterbacking. Use both QBs. I know its VERY unconventionial but hear me out. Just like they used Shonne Greene and LT in different situations you use Tebow and Sanchez in different situations. This goes beyond the Wildcat. Tebow’s strength is in running situations meaning he is effective when he can hurt the defense running or passing. This means 1st down, 2nd down, 3rd and 5 or less and all downs with a lead late in the game. Obviously Tebow can hurt a defense by his legs by running for a first down but what’s not captured in his stats is the benefit to the RB running game as well. I think I read that Denver’s RB ypc went from 2.8 to 4.5 after Tebow started. This is true of any running QB. The defense can not overcommit on the RB running the ball and has to account for the QB keeping it as well. Expect Greene’s ypc to go up with Tebow in the game. Additionally, which is easily forgotten, when you have a QB very capable of running the ball the offense has an additional blocker which is very advantageous to an offense.
If the defense doesn’t respect his arm as the Steelers did in the playoffs and loads the box up against him with no safety up top he will exploit one on one coverage with a deep pass. If it is 3rd and long or he is behind big or late in the game, Tebow is not effective so don’t use him and Sanchez comes in. You have your Tebow running package (which you can throw out of if the D loads up against the run) and your Sanchez passing package (which you can obviously run out of if they load up against the pass). The score, time remaining, game plan, and defense dictate when to use what. It would be sort of like college but with the Jet’s defense and a unique talent like Tebow there is no reason it couldn’t work. Some games could be all Sanchez, some games could be all Tebow. I envision the most common scenario as something like Sanchez starting the game to get the lead while mixing in Tebow in obvious running situations. As the game enters the 4th quarter with a Jets lead, in comes Tebow to close it out Mariano Rivera style. 6 minute drive punt, defensive stop, 6 minutes drive, game over. NFL defenses nowadays are built to stop the pass. Built to stop Brady, Rodgers, Manning(s), Brees, etc with a relentless front 4 pass rush and fast players to cover receivers. No longer are big thumping LBs highly sought. Tebow turns this whole trend on its head. You want to have awesome small fast coverage LBs and secondary, ok fine Tebow is going to use them as speed bumps. I’m not as much of a fan of Tebow as I am of change. Change is good.
How will this change affect Sanchez? It could hurt his development. Or it could help it. He’ll have less responsibility and less pressure on him. It will now be on him AND Tebow. Like I said, Sanchez was bad last year. It's not like he can get much worse. Maybe a change like this is something he will react well to.
Thanks for letting me ramble on about this.