The quarterback fraternity in the NFL is usually fairly collegial. But one former NFL quarterback is gleefully rooting for two current NFL quarterbacks to find themselves in an awkward situation this year.
That former quarterback is Jim Kelly, the Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer who says he’s still a Bills backer and therefore is hoping that the Jets’ two quarterbacks, Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez, find themselves in the midst of a divisive quarterback controversy.
“As a Buffalo Bills fan, I hope there’s so much turmoil during training camp, I hope Tebow plays great, he pushes Sanchez, and all of a sudden the locker room is coming apart,” Kelly told Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network’s Total Access. “They open with the Buffalo Bills first game of the season in the Meadowlands, so this could be very exciting.”
Kelly said that if he were a quarterback he would have hated to be in Sanchez’s shoes right now, knowing that the first time he struggles, he’s going to hear booing from his home fans and calls for his backup. Kelly said that if the Jets are really as committed to Sanchez as their franchise quarterback as they say they are, it was crazy to trade for Tebow.
“I really, to be honest with you, don’t know what they were thinking,” Kelly said. “Me, if I was a general manager or a president or the owner of a team, I would not have done that.”
But as a former player for — and still a fan of — an opposing team, Kelly is glad the Jets did that.