New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes does not think a dual quarterback system can work in the NFL, he said Monday on the NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” (via USA TODAY).
But his team is planning to use two quarterbacks this season. The Jets expect to give Tim Tebow snaps at quarterback even though Mark Sanchez will be the starter. Holmes appeared to backtrack some when discussing the Jets in particular, but his doubts raise questions about whether the Jets’ other players will embrace both Sanchez and Tebow getting regular playing time.
“No,” Holmes said when asked if a two-quarterback system could work. “I don’t think so because you have to allow one quarterback to get into the rhythm of a game, and it starts from the preparation in practice. Knowing the first couple of plays that he’s going to take these reps, it’s getting the feel for coming onto the field with the crowd awaiting you, it’s the making the mistakes early in the game to finishing the games at the end. You don’t just change a guy out just because he has a few mistakes early into a game. So I think coming into this season, that we have a lot to expect from Sanchez.
“Tebow is going to have plays where he comes in and plays. … I’m pretty sure he’s going to get them done, and he’s going to do his job just as well as any other quarterback would when they get an opportunity to get on the field.”
Holmes caught 51 passes for 654 yards and eight touchdowns last season, his second with New York. It was the lowest yardage total of his NFL career.