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Jets owner Woody Johnson defends Mark Sanchez, plans to keep Tim Tebow

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez's job appears to be safe...for now. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson made an appearance on CNBC's show Squawk BoxWednesday morning to talk about the state of his team.

Among the things he discussed was about quarterback Mark Sanchez's future status as a starter.

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“Never is a long, long time period,”  Johnson said when asked if the Jets start Tim Tebow over Sanchez. “We see — I see the same things in Mark Sanchez as that I saw when I first met him.  He’s still a young quarterback.  This is a very, very — probably the most difficult position athletically and mentally that there is in all of sports.  Because you look out there, everybody’s trying to deceive you and the other guys [are] trying to get at you.”

Johnson also said that Tebow is in the team's future plans.

“Are we gonna keep Tebow?” Johnson said. “Absolutely.  He’ll be with us three years, and I think he’s gonna be a real valuable asset in helping us win games.”