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On Thursday, "First Take" discussed Santonio Holmes' comments about Mark Sanchez. Though the two had their issues last season, they've evidently reconciled, which makes Holmes' statement that Sanchez was "rattled" by the acquisition of Tim Tebow somewhat surprising. Skip Bayless finds Holmes' comments to be plausible, while Stephen A. Smith doesn't totally believe Holmes' story. What's your take?
Normally, Santonio Holmes doesn't think a two-quarterback system can work in the NFL. He's making something of an exception for his own team, however, as he thinks that the clear line of demarcation between Mark Sanchez as the primary QB and Tim Tebow as kind of a specialty threat will reduce confusion and let both quarterbacks keep up their own rhythm. It remains to be seen just how such a system will function in the NFL, notoriously conservative when it comes to new ideas, but we'll get the chance to find out in a few months.
We're still a while away from seeing how Tim Tebow fits into the Jets' offense, but we may have just gotten a preview from one of the team's offensive linemen. Left guard Matt Slauson said it would be like the offense was ''two different teams'' -- one when Tebow is playing, and quite another when primary quarterback Mark Sanchez is behind center. It's not the first time a team has gone with a specialist quarterback to run a different offense, but if one system starts working a lot better than the other, it could have ramifications for both Sanchez's and Tebow's futures with the team.
Split the difference?
Mark Sanchez will be the team's primary quarterback, with Tim Tebow likely being used in Wildcat packages, or even as a fullback.
Sanchez or Tebow?
It remains to be seen which of the Jets' two young quarterbacks will prevail in what is likely to be a high-profile QB battle.
Can Holmes coexist?
As an aside, the Jets as a whole had issues with Santonio Holmes, but both sides seem to be on the same page as workouts start.
Should the Jets keep Ryan?
"Normally, I'm a guy that really has the pulse of this team, and I don't think I had the pulse of the team the way I've done in the past. When I met with players, I think that became clear to me."
-- Rex Ryan
Is Sanchez the answer?
"I think his body of work speaks for itself. I think it's more good than bad, and it's far from perfect. I think if Mark was sitting here, he'd be the first one to tell you that. [But] what I do feel good about is his level of commitment and how hard he plays."
-- Jets GM Mark Tannenbaum, on Mark Sanchez
Can Holmes stay with the Jets?
"You see the true character."
-- an anonymous Jets player, on what happened to Santonio Holmes when the Jets were losing
Is all of this Schottenheimer's fault?
"He's got everything it takes to be a successful head coach in this league. I think it starts with the pedigree, but more importantly here's a guy who's been successful."
-- Ryan, on Jets OC Brian Schottenheimer
Do teams need captains?
"It's not a reflection of anybody in particular, but we're not going to have those anymore."
-- Ryan, on player captaincies
The Jets, in what can only be described as a brief fit of madness in which they believed they were the Yankees, have made Santonio Holmes one of the highest-paid wide receivers in football. A five-year, $50 million contract with $24 million guaranteed puts him above such luminaries as Larry Fitzgerald on the salary scale, and all but guarantees the Jets won't be able to re-sign Braylon Edwards. Is this the right move for Rex Ryan's squad?
Holmes scored two clutch last-second touchdowns in 2010, but he has never been hugely productive. How good a receiver is he?
For a wide receiver, especially, $50 million is a lot of money. Did the Jets overpay for Holmes?
Santonio or Braylon?
The Jets likely will not have enough money to re-sign Edwards. Would you have kept Holmes over Edwards?
Now that Edwards is probably gone, the Jets will be looking to replace his production in the lineup. Randy Moss and Plaxico Burress have been mentioned as targets. Who would be a better fit?