First you have two guys that are handling it the ABSOLUTE right way. They are confident, which is what you want from a prospective starting quarterback. Whether you are talking to the incumbent or the challenger, you want them to emote confidence, which both these guys are doing.
They are also helping each other, in the spirit of competition. The cordiality between these two players is admirable, despite the fact that they are fighting for the same position. Many of you that don’t like Mark probably don’t want to hear that he is teaching Geno anything, but I think we can all agree that it’s the right thing. But, make no mistake about it, these guys want it, and they are going to battle.
As we look back through the years, we haven’t had the opportunity to have a really legitimate competition for the QB spot in a long time. We have expected some, but they never really came to pass, let’s look back:
PENNINGTON VS CLEMENS: Remember when the “brilliant” Mel Kiper Jr tried to convince us that Kellen Clemens was the pick of the litter in that 2006 QB draft? How did that work out? Pennington wiped him out, on his way to a 10-6 record and a Comeback Player of the Year award.
SANCHEZ VS CLEMENS: Technically, you had a veteran going against a rookie, but after the mega trade that brought Sanchez to NY, did anyone really believe that he wasn’t going to start week 1 in 2009?
SANCHEZ VS TEBOW: This is not to get anyone annoyed, just a brief historical reminder. Despite all of the rancor that this would be a great competition, this was not even close to what we had. It was another year in paradise with Mark Sanchez.
The fact is, I can’t remember the last time the Jets had a great QB competition. Maybe some of my readers that remember Richard Todd vs Matt Robinson could comment. But now, we have a competition with guys that are learning from each other, yet want it and want it bad!
Have fun, this is going to be good.