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Jets’ Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano Praises Tim Tebow

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though he's the New York Jets backup quarterback, Tim Tebow is getting some heavy praise from his new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since he was hired by the team during the offseason, Sparano said he was fully in favor of the team acquiring Tebow even though the team had recently rewarded starting quarterback Mark Sanchez with a contract extension.

"Fundamentally, Tim has gotten much better," he said. "You could see the amount of time he spent at it...He's completely different now than he was when he came out of college."

While speaking to reporters, Sparano didn't say much about the progress of Sanchez, but focused more on the progress of Tebow. Even though it was thought Tebow would be used primarily as a wildcard quarterback, reports have come out that the team hasn't ruled out using Tebow as a running back, and the team has confirmed that plan on using him on special teams.

Last season while with the Denver Broncos, Tebow took over the starting quarterback job of the team when they were 1-4 and led them all the way to the playoffs.

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