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Will Sanchez vs. Tebow be a “Full Blown Quarterback Controversy”?

By Alan Schechter

Dec 4, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) throws a pass during the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Mills/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow with a 20 yd touchdown run to defeat the New York Jets Thursday November 17, 2011 (The Denver Post | Tim Rasmussen)

Tim Tebow vs Mark Sanchez. No, it’s not a case being heard in federal court, it’s the competition going on at Florham Park. Despite all of the pleasantries being exchanged, this is a competition. Mark Sanchez wants to keep his job, and Tim Tebow wants to play quarterback. You know how I feel about it.

But, does this have the juice to be a full blown quarterback controversy? Former Colts GM Bill Polian says yes, and Herman “You play to win the game” Edwards is not far behind. Here were their thoughts on ESPN, first from Bill Polian:

“I think that’s one that is going to have to play out,” Polian responded.  “We’re going have to see exactly what it is that Tebow does in that offense, how many snaps he gets, what does he do when he gets those snaps?  How does it affect Mark Sanchez in terms of how many times he’s in the ballgame having to throw the ball in critical situations, when everybody knows it’s coming … This has a makings of a full blown quarterback controversy, because of the nature of where it is.”

Here are Herman Edwards’ thoughts on the matter:

“They can say he’s (Tebow) a specialist and he’s going to run the wildcat but you know and I know Tim Tebow wants to be a starting quarterback in the National Football League, that’s what they brought in,” Coach Edwards said.  “Mark Sanchez understands that too, now Mark Sanchez is the starting quarterback, it’s his job to lose, and he has to understand that because if there is slippage all of a sudden it won’t be five plays anymore for Tim Tebow, it becomes a series of plays, and now the controversy really gets going.”

I am not sure that either of these guys are breaking any ground here, but they are interesting quotes.  If it plays out the way Bill Polian thinks it might, hopefully Mark Sanchez will be up to the task.

You already know how I feel if he isn’t.