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Greg Prato of Rolling Stones magazine doesn't just know music, he knows sports to. Author of a book that's currently on my early Christmas wish list 'Sack Exchange: The Definitive Oral History of the 1980s New York Jets' Greg has recently published his pre-season preview to the 2012 NFL season, and the Jets made it onto his list of NFL teams to watch this year.

Like the Dallas Cowboys, the Jets crashed and burned last year when it mattered most, costing them a trip to the playoffs. To add insult to injury, Gang Green had to sit and watch as two of their biggest rivals, the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, made it all the way to the Super Bowl. Similar to the Brett Favre experiment of 2008, Jets brass decided to keep fan interest high after a Giants Super Bowl victory by making a big splash in the off-season, acquiring the wildly popular comeback kid Tim Tebow. One small problem, though – the Jets already have a starting quarterback, the hot-and-cold Mark Sanchez. Will the two-headed QB work for the Jets? Will it be a fiasco that costs GM Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan their jobs? It's never a dull moment in Jetsville.

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It's been a contentious issue all off-season here and at every other Jets website on the internet. Did we bring Tebow in for the publicity, the merchandise and to create headlines or did we bring him in for football reasons, or alternatively what about if we did it for both? We have been through this all off-season and I think that the Jets are going to have to be careful with how this plays out. If things are going well, then I see no problems. However if things are going badly, then the pressure starts to mount, they say that the back-up quarterback is the most popular player on the team when you're struggling, that's true for most quarterbacks, for the Jets that's double.