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Do you agree with Joe Montana that Mark Sanchez is better than Tim Tebow?

Kyle 2012/03/26 15:41:58
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Joe Montana knows all about quarterback controversies. After he
helped the San francisco 49ers win four Super Bowls from 1981 to 1989,
he was replaced over time by Steve Young and eventually traded to the
Kansas City Chiefs in 1993. The 49ers won their fifth Super Bowl in
franchise with Young at the helm the next season, and the it could be
argued that the 49ers had the best right-handed and best left-handed
quarterbacks in NFL history on their roster at the same time. Not bad,
really.


The stakes in the New York Jets' current quarterback controversy are a
bit lower at this point -- Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow are two players
looking to meet (never mind exceed) the expectations set for them as
first-round draft picks. Both quarterbacks are still finding their feet
in the NFL, and the Jets' recent trade for Tebow could very well
complicate Sanchez's development process -- unless the Jets are counting
on Tebow as the contingency in case the Sanchez upswing never takes
place.


Tebow Time with the Jets will become official at Monday's press
conference, but Montana has already laid down his verdict on the
decision to have the two passers in the same rotation.


"Mark is a better player right now and that's it," Montana wrote in an email to the New York Daily News.
"As long as Mark believes in himself and plays, it's not an issue. It's
more of an issue for those of you who write, or blog or tweet and all
the other methods of delivering content."


Um, okay. Not sure how it's an issue for those providing content, but
whatever. it is a very serious issue for the Jets, who reportedly plan
to have Sanchez as their starter, and Tebow as a Wildcat/option
quarterback who could see action in up to 20 plays per game. it's an
issue for a fanbase that may wind up wanting Tebow as the full-on
starter no matter what. After all, there are people in Denver
disappointed that Tebow isn't there anymore, and John Elway got Peyton
Manning to replace him -- last time I checked, Sanchez isn't anywhere
near Peyton Manning's approximate universe as a quarterback.


Montana does raise an interesting point about Sanchez believing in
himself, though. As much as this seems like an ill-fitting exercise to
steal the back pages from the Giants (who grabbed them in the first
place by, you know, winning Super Bowls), this is a test of Sanchez's
mettle and ability to deal with distractions. If the Tebow circus causes
Sanchez to shrink from his ultimate potential, the Jets will be that
much closer to knowing who their long-term quarterback isn't.


As a traditional quarterback, Sanchez is better than Tebow --
Montana's right about that. But Tebow has shown an ability to drive
intangibles home with rare consistency, and this is anything but a
typical situation. It's now Sanchez's turn to live up to Montana's
praise.

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  • Dana 2012/03/28 01:42:13
    yes
    Dana
    For now.
  • David (oYo) 2012/03/27 10:04:04
  • disclaimer 2012/03/27 06:59:26
    yes
    disclaimer
    Sanchez has potential. He's taken his team to the playoffs twice. He kind of crapped out towards the end of last season, but he's got plenty of time left to improve. He showed he was capable of beating good teams, such as the Colts (Peyton Manning-era Colts) and the Patriots. Tebow was unable to win against teams like that. He won games because the teams they were playing weren't very good. Look what happened to them in the playoffs. They were absolutely crushed. Moreover, Sanchez believes in his abilities. He doesn't chalk it up to God, and while religion is a good thing for a player to have if he wants it, he shouldn't give God all the credit or blame for the events that happen. Sports don't really work that way.
  • Dandydon 2012/03/27 00:35:06
    yes
    Dandydon
    +1
    For now,who knows what will happen in the future.
    I think the Jets will probably put Tebow in games,probably like a Wildcat offense,close to the goal,situations like that.

    Joe Montana thought Joe Montana was better,when he was forced to retire...
  • freakoutnow... cuz mom's here 2012/03/26 19:07:46
    yes
    freakoutnow... cuz mom's here
    +1
    Joe is right in a way. Tebow is not great as a pro QB. Tim is a good player and a good change of pace/gimmick QB be he's at least not yet a starting QB or elite material. That could easily change though. Sanchez is a good pro QB.
  • Freeranger 2012/03/26 17:03:35
    no
    Freeranger
    Better at what? It's not that I'm in to any sort of Tebow mania, but it depends on the application. For instance, Sanchez has pretty decent throwing mechanics he throws a nice ball and he's pretty good with bootlegs and ball handling and is fairly fluid, but if the clock is ticking down past the 2 minute mark and I'm on 8 yard line, I like knowing that I have a threat in the size and strength of Tebow behind center that could either throw OR rush effectively. Tebow's throwing mechanics need a lot of work, but he can learn that. The piece that makes him a threat is that he's like another running back if your QB needs to scramble or rush for that TD.
  • baboula 2012/03/26 16:54:16
    no
    baboula
    actually I really don't know - Sanchez has been in the league for a longer time and has the pressure on him to perform up to expectations. Maybe Tebow is what he needs to focus his game. Tebow as he is not the starter can sharpen his game; either way anything is possible
  • politicaljunkie 2012/03/26 16:39:50
    yes
    politicaljunkie
    +2
    Mark Sanchez is seasoned, won't make the rookie mistakes Tebow will and won't try to be a one man team. Tebow most definately has the talent to be a star but he's not there yet. Denver was stupid to put all their eggs in Peyton's basket IMO.
  • Axe Gri... politic... 2012/03/26 18:02:46
    Axe Grinder
    I said pretty much a week ago , what you just said , somebody is gonna; either A. Look like a genius after this season, or B. Lose thier job, after this season. Andrew Luck better come out in Indy, looking like Bart Star, and if some corner comes on a blitz, on Peyton's blind side, and whacks Manning right between his shoulder blades, well, I guess we'll see, huh ?
  • politic... Axe Gri... 2012/03/27 18:49:52
    politicaljunkie
    Yep...Its not like the Denver's front line is that great and if Peyton goes down so goes the Bronco's season. Good thing I'm a Charger fan! But on that note, we've had a well rounded team full of talent that hasn't played up to their potential.
  • Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of ... 2012/03/26 16:35:24
    yes
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +1
    But Sanchez has to stop taking poses and actually get out on the field while playing to his full potential.

    Mark Sanchez Mark Sanchez Mark Sanchez Mark Sanchez
  • darlene 2012/03/26 16:13:11
    yes
    darlene
    +3
    My husband graduated with Joe Montana. His family was very nice but Joe Montanna was kinda of a jerk.
  • wgossett99 2012/03/26 16:06:11 (edited)
    yes
    wgossett99
    +1
    Sanchez is a better passer than Tebow. I don't think Tebow will be an elite QB. He will be second tier as long as he runs first before passing - much like Mike Vick.

    I do think the Jets have bought into a boatload of trouble.
  • BaLou 2012/03/26 16:05:10
    yes
    BaLou
    +3
    They were both very good on the college level. Sanchez is a much better passer than Tebow in the NFL. There is no comparison right now.
  • Laura Lovegood 2012/03/26 15:56:21
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/03/26 15:53:53
    yes
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +2
    Right now that is probably true - Tebow played 15 games, his first season, and took the team to the play offs - He is 24 years old - seems to me he has the potential to do a great deal in the future
  • Headhunter 13 2012/03/26 15:49:54
    yes
    Headhunter 13
    +1
    Never was overly impressed with tebow.
  • Will Advocate of PHAET 2012/03/26 15:46:56
    yes
    Will Advocate of  PHAET
    +4
    Tebow may be able to become better than Sanchez in time. He is just not there yet.

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