Tim Tebow Trade: No Adverse Effect On Mark Sanchez, Says Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum

Adding Tim Tebow as Mark Sanchez' backup quarterback would seem to set the table for a quarterback controversy whenever Sanchez falters during the 2012 season.

But New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum told WFAN (via Sports Radio Interviews) he does not believe Sanchez will experience any adverse effects from the Tim Tebow trade.

"I don't think it will be an adverse effect. We really see it as a positive because again we think we're going to be much harder to prepare for and our focus internally, while we haven't seen the acquisitions, has been to put Mark in a chance to be successful and run plays, play action, and really shore up the run game and play to Mark's strengths," Tannenbaum said.

"That formula has made Mark a winning quarterback. We think he will continue to be a winning quarterback for a long, long time so we've put a lot of emphasis into Mark and we have a great plan when the offseason program begins and I know Mark's anxious, we're anxious, and Coach Sparano can't wait. The proof will be in the pudding but I would be really surprised guys if we didn't see significant improvement this year going into year four. Sanchez is transitioning in my mind from a young guy to a young veteran and the contract was just the next step of the way."

"We also understand that [Tebow] comes with a very unusual following and that's something that we're prepared for and we know we have to manage," Tannenbaum added. "But by no means is this anything but what we believe in with Mark. As you know Boomer, as a former player, actions speak louder than words and he's our starter. We extended him to a five-year deal and he's our quarterback."

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