Of course the Jets have not had too much success. And the way they've handled this gives us a good idea how it's been 43 years and counting since they've done anything.
You've gotta hand it to them. They make two very big bad moves. Each one on its own was probably really wrong but together it's the recipe for disaster.
First they give Sanchez a major contract extension a dubious move for a QB that has yet to really prove himself. He had two years left on his contract what was the need to do this?
But ok, you gave him a brand new 5 year contract. How, now do you offer a major contract to Tim Tebow? How exactly is this going to work?
Sanchez is going to start with Tebow on the bench? That in its own way is unfair to both of them. It forces Sanchez to always have to be looking over his shoulder. Every time he has a bad game, a bad quarter or makes a bad play there will be speculation if it's now Tebow time. Some people think that's good for QBs, I for one certainly don't agree that this is the way to make a QB play his best.
It's not really fair to Tebow either. While I tend to agree with Elway that Tebow is basically wildly overrated, I do think that he at least as earned the right to get a shot at starting. Does he really want to be the understudy for the next 5 years?
"The third option, which is to have Sanchez as the starter and Tebow as the occasional option for gimmick plays, has disaster written all over it. In the NFL, option plays only work when the defense doesn't know who's getting the ball. That's why the Miami Dolphins had so much success with the Wildcat in 2008 -- running back Ronnie Brown was the shotgun quarterback, and defenses didn't know whether they were coming or going. When the Dolphins tried option quarterbacks like Pat White in specific circumstances only, advanced defense sniffed those tactics out, and the Wildcat died a quick death at the professional level."
The reality of it is that in the NFL QB by committee never works. When has a QB tandem ever worked? Never. If you try to just send Tebow in for certain plays it will be the worst of all worlds.
In many ways that sums up the Jets. The needlessly signed a borderline QB to a long contract, then undercut that questionable move with another one. In the NFL you get one good QB-at most. You don't usually have a great backup as if he's so great he won't want to be a backup.