For the Jets, Tebow’s running ability gives them another weapon in building the run-heavy offense head coach Rex Ryan has always wanted. Tebow will be the backup, but could play several plays – or even series – each game in the "wildcat," an offensive package that plays directly to Tebow's strengths as an option quarterback. He would also be a useful weapon in short-yardage situations.
Off the field, there may not be a young NFL player better equipped to deal with the New York media than Tebow. He’s been flawless in his handling of intense scrutiny this far in his career, showing he has an instinct for how to deal with media pressure.
What’s more, there will be plenty of other stars and sports to share the spotlight in New York – Ryan won’t tolerate not being the center of attention for too long, there’s the Super Bowl champion (Giants) in the same stadium, and the Knicks, Yankees, and Rangers right down the road. In New York, Tebow will be just one circus among many.
Furthermore, the Jets could clearly use a little character and good cheer in their locker room, something Tebow provides in spades. And there’s a chance his presence could light a fire under Sanchez, who had a disastrous season last year that culminated in a near mutiny from his teammates.
Hey, remember Mark Sanchez?
Despite his implosion last season, the Jets showed a commitment to their troubled young quarterback by giving him a three-year, $40.5 million contract extension. But the Tebow trade has the potential to shake Sanchez’s already fragile confidence. After last season, he’s on thin ice with the New York fan base, as well as some of his teammates.