They're both young quarterbacks who have achieved marginal success and have gotten their teams to the playoffs. They both have had trouble when it comes to cementing superiority over division foe Tom Brady and the Patriots. They both have been tasked with providing a championship for a Super Bowl-starved fanbase.
Now that Tebow and Sanchez are both fighting for the same spot on the Jets, what will transpire? Here are some early predictions.
The Jets Will Go 0-3 with Sanchez, and Tebow Will Move Into the Starting Role
No, we don't yet know which teams New York will face to start off the 2012 season, but we do know from the way last season ended that Sanchez has struggled as of late when the pressure is on. With a playoff berth on the line at the end of the 2011 season, Sanchez led the team to three straight losses—against Philadelphia, New York and division rival Miami.
It wasn't until the Miami game that the pressure really hit, since a win would've kept New York in the hunt for a wild card berth and a loss would end the season right then and there. Sanchez threw three picks in that final game, including a late one late on a drive that would've put the Jets ahead.
Now, with Tebow breathing down his neck for the starting job, the pressure will mount—and so will the interceptions—until the coaching staff has no choice but to move Sanchez aside in favor of Tebow.
Tebow Will Thrive in the Wildcat Offense, Sanchez Will Not
We already know Sanchez isn't a fan of the Wildcat offense, and Tebow just happens to be perfect for it.
Last season against Buffalo, when Sanchez was lined up as a wide receiver in such a situation, he flinched when the cornerback bluffed before the snap, prompting a barrage of hilarious criticisms, such as this one from Yahoo's Chris Chase.
On Tuesday, speaking on Fox Sports' The Petros & Money Show, Sanchez laughed about his less-than-successful history in the Wildcat formation, saying, "I don't know if I'm very good split out like that. And I don't like coming off the field."
Tebow, who excels on the ground more so than in the air, is bound to have more success in the Wildcat, once again putting pressure on Sanchez to improve in an area in which he's clearly uncomfortable.
One of the Two QBs Will be Traded Late in the Season
There are two ways this scenario could play out. If the Jets are winning, Tebow will be permanently entrenched in the starting role and Sanchez will be traded to a good team—this season's version of Houston—that needs a quarterback because of an injury.
If the Jets are tanking, it probably means the Tebow experiment failed. Sanchez will remain in New York to finish out the year, and Tebow will be traded to a struggling Florida team that needs to sell seats. At least the Jets gets something for him that way.
The Fans are on God's Side, Not Cromartie's Side—So Cromartie Switches Up his POV
We all know Antonio Cromartie wasn't on Team Tebow—at least, before his team traded for the quarterback. His pleas for the team to rebuild around Mark Sanchez will continue to go unnoticed, and the defensive back will have two choices: align himself with Tebow or continue to alienate the front office, coaches and fans, who are wholeheartedly in support of Tebow, now that the team is both winning and selling out home games.
Cromaratie, too, will decide he enjoys winning and will stop running his mouth. He will publicly declare his love for Tebow, and by this time, his Twitter account will be either nonexistent or regulated by the Jets' PR staff.
Tebow Will Throw Out the First Pitch at Yankee Stadium More Times than Sanchez
Tebow will get the obligatory first-pitch nod sometime this summer, much like when Kevin Garnett threw out the first pitch at Fenway a day after becoming a Celtic. Then, when the Jets win in Tebow's first two starts and Tebowmania is sweeping the nation once again, he'll get another nod.
Sanchez, meanwhile, will receive zero invitations to Yankee Stadium.