That’s what headlines on many NFL-related websites have looked like this week. Everyone is talking about Tebow, Broncos coach John Fox’s decision to run the option offense to suit his skills and how silly/brilliant it is that a professional football team is running a college offense.
But Tebow is not the only quarterback who will be under the microscope on Thursday night when the Broncos host the New York Jets. His counterpart, Mark Sanchez, should also be feeling the heat after a rough outing in a 37-16 loss to New England.
In his first two seasons in the most obsessive sports media market in the country, all Sanchez has done is help the Jets reach the AFC title game — twice.
But his 55 career completion percentage and 14-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio leave something to be desired — as do his late-game decisions at times. On Sunday night, Sanchez drew the ire of head coach Rex Ryan after he called a timeout late in the first half that preserved enough time for the Patriots to score before halftime. He also threw a pick-six and barely completed 50 percent of his passes (20-for-39).
Is it really fair to judge a quarterback this soon into his NFL career? Newsday’s Bob Glauber doesn’t think so.
“There's no suggestion here that Sanchez is about to elevate himself into the small cadre of elite quarterbacks that includes Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. That day may never come.
“But these short-term snap judgments cloud the bigger picture in determining whether the Jets can win with Sanchez in the long term. If they've experienced success in the short term with a quarterback who is still finding his way, then wouldn't it stand to reason that he can continue to achieve promising results well into the future?
“Definitive judgment halfway through a quarterback's third NFL season? C'mon!”
Like Tebow, Sanchez is accustomed to the spotlight and seems well equipped to take criticism — from his play down to his clothing — in stride.
“It’s easy to be the quarterback when you’re on a three-game win streak,” Sanchez said. “But when you lose a tough divisional game, that’s a good test for a young quarterback, for a third-year head coach.”
And while Sanchez and Tebow may never crack the upper-echelon of NFL quarterbacks, they also share another highly-valued characteristic: they’re proven winners.
Here’s a quick look at how the two stack up through their first seven NFL starts.
---------------W-L---Pass Yds---Comp%--TD----INT---Rush Yds
(H/T Bob Glauber)
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