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Sanchez & Tebow: ‘Great Start’ or ‘Great Stunt’

Posted By Aaron Scheinblum On May 17 2012 @ 1:12 pm In New York Jets,NFL | 1 Comment

Quarterback controversy doesn’t apply to the New York Jets.

At least that’s how it seems amidst all of the questions and quotations. Recently, a senior reporter released a story [1] explaining the relationship between the two; simply reiterating the idea that both quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow understand their roles and will work in perfect harmony.

Good joke.

Both Sanchez and Tebow have had problems in their on-the-field performance; it’s extremely intriguing to wonder and see who evolves more this off-season, developing into a solid quarterback. Or, in the perfect world, they both improve and return as excellent starters.

But the main problem with having this already infamous tandem is the fact that two quarterbacks cannot play on the field at the same time (unless it’s some sort of Brad Smith player that can throw… or Tebow moves to running back). Like there are two quarterbacks, two sides have emerged: Sanchize or Timsanity. And as the two quarterbacks continue to progress forward with smiles and childish laughter, players follow behind the player they believe in.

While multiple players have given their opinions, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was the most recent to comment; he explained Tebow is a born leader and simply has ‘it,’ leading by example in and out of practices.

Teams with strong confidence in their starting quarterback generally don’t come close to controversy. The New York Giants, New England Patriots, and San Diego Chargers all contain non-headlining backup roles; even the Broncos have solidified Peyton Manning’s job.

Look at the Washington Redskins. After drafting Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the 2012 Draft, some believe that fellow rookie third-rounder QB Kirk Cousins could create a large debate if the team fails under RGIII’s leadership.

Tebow has made it extremely clear since his arrival and self-introduced, coach-less press conference: he’s excited. And with all of his excitement will come the excitement of the millions of fans that parade after him. But it’s not like that’s happened before.

Ex-Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton was out after five games as the starter and replaced amidst the Tebowmania. Tebow did not allow him to reclaim his role, leading to him being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. Denver received a slight sense of karma after their Week 17 loss to the Chiefs with Orton at QB, while the Tebow-led offense compiled three points.

Orton finished the final three weeks with higher completion percentages, QB-ratings and more yards than both Sanchez and Tebow during that time; Sanchez’s QB rating never exceeded 68, while Tebow’s average was below 47.

But the statistic is clear, and Skip Bayless stresses every day on ESPN First Take: Tebow wins games. The fact that the Jets went out to get Tebow almost clearly proves they want him to win games at the quarterback position. Assuming the goal is to not only win the Super Bowl, but win all the time, why would a black-and-white coach like Rex Ryan limit snaps for someone who was brought in to win?

He won’t.

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