Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/18/12
The Jets made headlines this offseason when they executed a trade with the Denver Broncos for Tim Tebow.

Just weeks earlier, the Jets turned heads when they signed their heavily scrutinized quarterback Mark Sanchez to a three-year extension after a extremely lackluster season. If you wanted a quarterback battle, you could not have written a better script.

The flashy, GQ posing, model dating, USC alumni, Mark Sanchez versus God's gift to football and Florida Gator's savior, Tim Tebow. Now add that they’re battling for the starting job in New York City, the city where the tabloids never sleep.

When you are a selected as a first-round quarterback, you are expected to be the starter for the foreseeable future. But not only was Sanchez a first round pick in 2009, he was No.5 overall, with only one year of starting experience coming out of USC. Despite being heavily scrutinized for his awkward throwing motion Tebow was taken at No.25 overall in 2010 by the Broncos as a surprise pick.

Speculation by analysts and fans alike has run rampant on who will be the starter come opening day, but the Jets have been adamant that Sanchez will be. Tebow is expected to run a "wildcat" like package, and only be used in certain situations.

Would the Jets have really have brought in one of the most controversial and talked about players in the league to only play a limited number of snaps and be an enormous distraction for the team on and off the field? It seems like the cons out weight the pros if this is their intention. But then again, who really knows what goes on in the heads of Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum.

Santonio Holmes gave an interview this weekend at Mark Sanchez's "Jets West" passing camp in California, weighing in on the two-QB system.

"Tebow is going to have plays where he comes in and plays," Holmes said. "Whether he plays at quarterback, Sanchez is on the field or off the field, those are the plays that coach has designed for Tebow to be ran that week. I'm pretty sure he's going to get them done and he's going to do his job just as well as any other quarterback would when they get an opportunity to get on the field."

Tebow ran a two-QB system when he was in Florida with Chris Leak and they won the 2006 National Championship. But these are much different circumstances. In college there are no contracts, endorsement deals, or (in most cases) overly-inflated egos. In a league where players are judged so much on statistics, will Sanchez really want Tebow taking over in the red zone and pounding the ball in with either a short pass or QB keeper? I know fantasy owners would not be too fond of that.
Most are guessing that Tebow will take over by midseason—at the latest. Once Sanchez has a multi-interception game, or even consecutive three-and-outs, expect to hear the chants for Tebow.

Holmes thinks that Sanchez should be given a proper chance saying, "You have to allow one quarterback to get into the rhythm of a game and it starts from the preparation in practice." He continued saying, "You don't just change a guy out just because he has a few mistakes early into a game. Coming into this season, we have a lot to expect from Sanchez."

Only time will tell how the situation works out for the Jets under center. The Jets report to training camp in Cortland, N.Y. July 26.

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