Believe it or not, when the New York Jets traded for Tim Tebow, they never intended for there to be a quarterback controversy between Tebow and incumbent starter Mark Sanchez. No, really.
The Jets thought that Sanchez would play well enough for any controversy to dissipate, and Tebow would be a jack-of-all-trades playmaker on offense. The Jets truly believed that Sanchez and Tebow would make each other better.
Needless to say, things haven’t worked out for the Jets here in 2012. Sanchez has not played well at all, and Tebow’s impact on the offense has been negligible. The train has come completely off the rails for the 4-7 Jets.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers are sitting pretty atop the NFC West, yet they’re dealing with a bit of a quarterback controversy of their own, albeit under far different circumstances than what the Jets are going through.
Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh has become enamored with second-year man Colin Kaepernick (#7, above) and for good reason. Kaepernick has made the 49ers’ offense more dynamic, and it’s hard to take him off the field.
It was not even 11 months ago that veteran Alex Smith helped the 49ers reach the NFC Championship game, but now Kaepernick is in the driver’s seat. The NFL will forever be a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league.
Having two legitimate starting-caliber quarterbacks is a problem the Jets would love to have. There are true quarterback controversies, and then there’s just simply wondering if the grass is greener on the other side.
Unfortunately for New York, Tim Tebow is no Colin Kaepernick, even if Mark Sanchez is no Alex Smith.
Before the Jets start choosing between two legitimate quarterbacks, perhaps they should just find one.
One reliable quarterback, much less two, is something that the Jets don’t seem to have on their roster at the moment. That’s a huge reason why the Jets are where they are, and conversely why the Niners are where they are.
Of course, Smith does hit free agency after the season. But that’s another story for another time.