This offseason, the New York Jets made a trade with the Denver Broncos to acquire QB Tim Tebow for fourth and sixth round draft picks.
This trade sparked much controversy about who would be the starting quarterback going into the 2012 season. Mark Sanchez is going into his fourth year in the NFL, and has good success his first three years. In his first 2 seasons, he led the Jets to back-to-back AFC championship appearances. Last year was a dissapointment to himself and Jets fans (like myself) everywhere. The Jets failed to make the postseason, finishing the 2011-2012 season at a mediocre 8-8. Not to mention the biggest story-line at the end of the season, when Santonio Holmes told reporters that he was not happy with Sanchez and his “special after-hours sessions” preparing for a game against the Dolphins. He was benched by offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer halfway through the fourth quarter of the Jets last game.
But back to the Sanchize vs. Tebowmania controversy. The controversy over the two quarterbacks being on the same team is who the starter will be in 2012. Head coach Rex Ryan has said numerous times that it will be Sanchez, and Tebow will be used in the Jets new Wildcat offense, which under new offensive coordinator Tony Sporano, should flourish.
What I think will be the biggest concern with this particular situation is what would happen if Sanchez struggles at the beginning of the year. Rex Ryan will feel pressured to make a decision that he doesn’t want to make. The fans will want Tebow in at quarterback so they can have “God’s chosen one” taking the snap. But Ryan will hesitate due to the fact that he repeated numerous times that the Jets are going to stick with Sanchez, who is their franchise quarterback.
With training camps starting in less than a week, the pressure to decide who will be the opening day starter for the Jets looms closer than expected. I feel that the coaching staff will stick with what they have previously said, which means that Sanchez will be the starter. This addition of Tebow could be a great addition to the Jets, who are going back to their “ground and pound” style of football. In the Wildcat offense, he has the speed of a running back, and can take off downfield with blockers ahead of him, but he also has the arm of a quarterback that he can use against the defense. It is much harder for the defense to guard both the rush and the passing threat on the same play.
After the season is over, I think the Jets will be happy that they made the move to acquire Tebow, because of the opportunities that open up just having him on the field. All in all, there should be no problem with the Jets quarterbacks this year.
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Written by Andrew Whalen