Today's New York Jets practice featured some goal line action, and ultimately the first look at Tim Tebow wildcat operating in a goal line/short-yardage situation. As has been the case all offseason, the reps were scrutinized, with stats kept to compare the performances of Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Beyond the the comparisons of the performances of Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, there seems to be something lost in the talk about today's practice: wasn't there concerned talk about the status of the Jets red zone quarterback situation just two weeks ago?
Two weeks ago a report emerged that stated that the New York Jets would replace Mark Sanchez with Tim Tebow in red zone situations. If you had an idea of why a team would acquire a player like Tim Tebow that was pretty obvious and not exactly "news," but it still set off a firestorm amongst the local media and fans. Because there wasn't any clarification about how the reps would be worked out, some assumed that meant that Tim Tebow was the full-time red zone quarterback.
Of course, it didn't.
So while Tim Tebow scoring three touchdowns and Mark Sanchez scoring two touchdowns is what most seem to be focusing on, shouldn't the "news" be that Mark Sanchez was still given the first crack during goal line reps and that it's now clear he will still be playing quarterback in the red zone?
That depends on your angle, I suppose. Are you looking to drum up a quarterback controversy that isn't there, or are you reporting about what actually happened in practice today?
As mentioned previously in the article linked to above, both quarterbacks will be used in the red zone. Tim Tebow has a skill set that makes him an attractive option near the goal line and in short-yardage situations, but that doesn't mean that Mark Sanchez won't be taking a ton of snaps in the red zone this season. Both quarterbacks have skills that translate well into red zone efficiency and the weekly red zone packages will be designed to take advantage of those strengths.
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