Fantastic question, Nick. Thanks in large part to the fact that the New York Jets now have two incompetent quarterbacks instead of just one, the question really is who will ultimately suck less than their teammate. So here’s what we do know: the Jets recently made a commitment to Mark Sanchez giving him a five-year/$58.25 million contract, doing just about everything they could in their power to reinforce the notion that Sanchez is their guy. But then again, that’s what makes the timing of the Tebow acquisition so confusing. Forget the fact that Tim Tebow is a walking media circus and, in a place like New York that has distractions galore, you’re basically asking for it by bringing him on board. But head coach Rex Ryan has made it clear that, as far as they know, Sanchez is the Jets’ quarterback, but that they will utilize Tim Tebow in any way fashionable to help them win games.
While a quote like that screams that Tebow will be used heavily as a Wildcat QB/Halfback hybrid, who knows what’s going to happen when Sanchez starts throwing interceptions and the crowd starts chanting “Te-Bow! Te-Bow!” After all, it didn’t take folks in Denver that long to call for Tebow’s services and it sure as hell didn’t take Denver management that long to skip right over second-string QB Brady Quinn to give Tebow a shot on the field. If anything, it almost became a problem when Tebow started winning games, seeing as how it was pretty clear Denver management never thought of him as a long-term solution. But one year and one playoff win later and here we are: Tim Tebow has established he can win football games, he has established that he has some difficulty throwing the football and he’s established that he’s willing to do anything to help his team win (i.e. play second-fiddle to Mark Sanchez in order to be sporadically used as a specialty QB). But who knows how long that’s gonna last.
Things are changing faster and faster in the football world these days and in the football world, no place goes through as many changes on a consistent basis than New York City. So for now, Sanchez clearly has the upper hand and management is gonna ride the Sanchez train until it derails, but if (or when) that time comes, it’ll be hard to drown out the cheers for the second-string QB. When that happens, it will be up to the former Florida star to once again prove the doubters wrong.