Since Tim Tebow arrived in New York, the question has lingered: Will the signal-caller seize the Jets’ starting job from Mark Sanchez? Tuesday’s NFL schedule release provided some reference points for those caring to predict when a change under center might happen this season.
The “NFL Total Access” crew agreed that Tebow would figure prominently into the Jets’ plans, but predictions varied on if and when Tebow would become a starter. Michael Irvin said that Sanchez could see the hook by Week 3 if he’s not careful.
“You mess around and lose that Buffalo Bills opener, and then Pittsburgh knocks you around — he won’t be starting by the Miami Dolphins game,” Irvin said.
Marshall Faulk was less convinced of Tebow’s potential to leapfrog his friend on the depth chart.
“I don’t think there’s going to be a scenario, unless Mark Sanchez gets hurt, in which Tim Tebow does start,” Faulk said. “I think the money they gave to Sanchez says, ‘he’s going to be our starter.’”
The one consensus reached on “Total Access”? Sanchez will face heat if Tebow prospers in his role as a Wildcat quarterback.
“(Tebow) is going to be playing in an offense that’s completely different than what every team is going to be preparing for,” Kurt Warner said. “(Other teams) are going to be preparing for Mark Sanchez and what they’re going to do for 40 snaps. He comes in for 15 and has a little bit of success. And then Mark doesn’t have success – it’s a perfect scenario to say, ‘well, he is having success for 15 plays. Let’s play him for 20 or 25.’”
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