03-26-2012, 12:00 PM
Joe Montana knows all about quarterback controversies. After he helped the San francisco 49ers win four Super Bowls from 1981 to 1989, he was replaced over time by Steve Young and eventually traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993. The 49ers won their fifth Super Bowl in franchise with Young at the helm the next season, and the it could be argued that the 49ers had the best right-handed and best left-handed quarterbacks in NFL history on their roster at the same time. Not bad, really. The stakes in the New York Jets' current quarterback controversy are a bit lower at this point -- Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow are two players looking to meet (never mind exceed) the expectations set for them as first-round draft picks. Both quarterbacks are still finding their feet in the NFL, and the Jets' recent trade for Tebow could very well complicate Sanchez's development process -- unless the Jets are counting on Tebow as the contingency in case the Sanchez upswing never takes place. Tebow Time with the Jets will become official at Monday's press conference, but Montana has already laid down his verdict on the decision to have the two passers in the same rotation. "Mark is a better player right now and that's it," Montana wrote in an email to the New York Daily News . "As long as Mark believes in himself and plays, it's not an issue. It's more of an issue for those of you who write, or blog or tweet and all the other methods of delivering content."