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Atlantic Sports Roundtable: the Tebow and Manning QB shuffle

Tim Tebow is kind of a big deal. And so is the guy -- Petyon something? --  that replaced him in Denver. In the most recent edition of the Atlantic online sports roundtable, we tackle the NFL's headline-grabbing quarterback shuffle. A brief excerpt:

Hampton Stevens: Logically, the former Gator should have gone to Miami or Jacksonville—struggling teams in his home state. Instead, Tebow is bound for New York City, where he'll join Rex Ryan's Jets. Um... What? Barely two weeks ago, Gang Green gave a three-year, $40.5 million contract extension/vote of confidence to their current starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez. Now they bring in Tebow? Y4? Is he coming to town just to backup—and light a fire under—the often complacent Sanchez? Or does New York's new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano plan to use Tebow in the signature "wildcat" offense, a la Brad Smith?

Jake Simpson: The Peyton Manning signing seems pretty simple to me, Hampton. Future Hall of Fame QB signs lucrative deal with team good enough to contend for a title (don't sleep on them with that defense) with young receivers and a legendary VP of operations. And once Peyton came in, Tebow had to go.
The Tebow-to-Jets part, though... that fascinates me. Not just because of Tebow, who is now a darling of the same sports community as Jeremy Lin, Eli Manning, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera (it's good to be in New York now, folks). But because of the staggering, ungodly amount of pressure on the flimsy shoulders of Mark Sanchez.

Patrick Hruby: For starters, there's clearly a lot of Old Testament wrath left in the Big Commissioner in the Sky. Because Tim Tebow, New York Jet, and all of the inevitable angst and circus therein must be God's punishment upon Rex Ryan for taking his name in vain—specifically, in the egregiously vain context of snack food.
Okay. I kid. Tebow's move to New York fascinates me as well, but not because of any additional pressure he'll put on Mark Sanchez. After all, Sanchez already puts plenty of pressure on himself by being a mostly mediocre passer. Much like Tebow. Indeed, the question that interests me regarding pro football's most popular player is this: Will Tebow ever play quarterback, and only quarterback, again?

Read the full article at the Atlantic online