(When) Will Tim Tebow Snag the Starting Spot in New York?


May 24, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) and quarterback Tim Tebow (15) go through passing drills during organized team activities at their training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

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As any football fan will tell you, it’s difficult to put your finger on exactly what makes Tim Tebow such an interesting football player.

Can he throw? Sure. Better than I can…maybe.

Can he run the ball? Yes. So could William Perry.

The truth is Tim Tebow isn’t especially good at anything on the field. So why is he such a big deal? How does he keep on winning games? By now, most people have figured out that Tebow’s appeal comes from his strengths off the field. How these things translate to successful football, the world may never know, but at the end of the day, Tebow fans don’t really care as long as that success is there.

There has been a lot of speculation about the role Tebow will play for the New York Jets as Mark Sanchez’ backup. Both players were stars in college, and both have shown promise in the NFL, but Sanchez, on paper, is clearly the better player. In fact, almost every starting quarterback in the NFL is clearly the better player when compared to Tebow. So why is the prospect of Tebow taking the starting spot even up for discussion?

Tebow beat out Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn for the starting spot in Denver, and to this day, Denver’s coaching staff still probably couldn’t tell you how or why.

In New York, there are signs that another Tebow uprising may be taking place. In an interview with the New York Daily News, superstar corner Darrelle Revis was quoted as saying “He’s a born leader, he really is. Very few athletes have the fight that he has. He tries to lead by example all the time and he tries to be positive, which is awesome. He came in with Denver and did unbelievable. And now he’s with us.”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but backup quarterbacks rarely even get their name mentioned, much less receive glowing praise from the best player on their team.

There’s no doubt that Sanchez will get the start in week one, but mark my words: Tim Tebow will start for the New York Jets. Not on opening day, and maybe not until well into the season, but somehow, someway, Tebow will win the starting spot. And when he does, confused Jets fans will scratch their heads and wonder how their team keeps on winning.

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