Anyone who watched Buffalo's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts knows EJ Manuel looked like a star in the making, making a fantastic case for the starting job.
This is a guy with unique skills and abilities that a creative offensive coordinator can really build around. So if this likely scenario plays out, would you rather have Kevin "I can't even stay healthy while walking to a football field" Kolb or Tarvaris Jackson backing up Manuel?
If you didn't know, Jackson looked incredible in Seattle's first preseason outing, completing 8-of-9 throws for 128 yards and two touchdowns—that's good enough for a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
He also displayed his usual athleticism and elusiveness in the process.
Having both Manuel and Jackson could have allowed for a near-seamless transition in a pinch. No alteration to the game plan or playbook would be necessary.
Aside from the comparisons in ability, Jackson appears to have finally turned a corner in his development and could become the threat from the pocket that every defensive coordinator is afraid of.
With Kolb, well, you just hope he can stay on his feet long enough to disappoint you at this point. In his six-year career, he has never made it to 10 games in a single season. When he is playing, he's just as likely to throw a touchdown as he is an interception.
With that ratio, you should at least be able to run for some first downs—enter Jackson.