Lightning-rod wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who spent last week with New York Jets teammates Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow at Sanchez’s “Jets West” passing camp in California, said Monday night he doesn’t think a two-quarterback system can succeed in the NFL.
But he believes the Sanchez-Tebow dynamic can work because it will be scripted, with Tebow operating from a specific set of plays — or so the Jets claim. Without that, Holmes suggested, it could pose a problem for Sanchez.
“You have to allow one quarterback to get into the rhythm of a game and it starts from the preparation in practice,” Holmes said in an interview on the NFL Network. “(It’s) knowing the first couple of plays that he’s going to take these reps, it’s getting the feel for coming onto the field with the crowd awaiting you, it’s making the mistakes early in the game to finishing the games at the end.
“You don’t just change a guy out just because he has a few mistakes early into a game. Coming into this season, we have a lot to expect from Sanchez.”
The Jets plan to use both quarterbacks, but they’ve been emphatic about Tebow’s role, insisting he’s not competing with Sanchez and that he’ll be deployed each game to run Wildcat-style plays.
“Tebow is going to have plays where he comes in and plays,” Holmes said. “Whether he plays at quarterback, Sanchez is on the field or off the field, those are the plays that coach has designed for Tebow to be ran that week. I’m pretty sure he’s going to get them done and he’s going to do his job just as well as any other quarterback would when they get an opportunity to get on the field.”
The great experiment begins July 26, when the Jets report to training camp in Cortland, N.Y.
Source: ESPN New York