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Jim Kelly rooting for Tim Tebow to wreck Jets


By Tim Graham

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly made an appearance Thursday on the NFL Network and delivered notable opinions on the Buffalo Bills' playoff outlook and the New York Jets' decision to acquire Tim Tebow.

Kelly claimed the Bills not only could get into the postseason as a wild card, but added "they could even win the AFC East this year." He called the Bills' revamped defense Ryan Fitzpatrick's biggest asset because it "shortens the field with turnovers, sacks, fumbles."

But Kelly spent more time chatting with "NFL Total Access" host Andre Siciliano about the Jets' quarterback situation.

Kelly publicly lobbied for the Bills to draft Tebow and took him out to dinner when he visited the Bills before the 2010 draft. Two years later, Kelly is rooting for Tebow's presence to become a problem for the Jets.

Siciliano asked Kelly how he would feel if he were Mark Sanchez, the incumbent who helped get the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in two of the past three seasons.

"No. 1, it wouldn't make me feel very good, the job security a little shaky," Kelly said. "But as a Buffalo Bills fan now, I hope there's so much turmoil during training camp. I hope Tebow plays great, he pushes Sanchez and all of a sudden the locker room's coming apart because you've got to remember they open with the Buffalo Bills first game of the season."

Kelly questioned the Jets' decision to add Tebow without getting rid of Sanchez.

"I really, to be honest with you, don't know what [the Jets] really were thinking," Kelly said. "I mean, Mark Sanchez is a quarterback now who's going to be sitting there every single game if he plays bad ... No. 1, you know Jets fans. They're going to start booing.

"I think a lot of the pressure's on Sanchez not only to start off hot, but continue game after game after game playing steady. And if he doesn't, you know you're going to hear the boo birds. You're going to have people wanting Tim Tebow in there."

(Photo: Associated Press)

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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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