New York Jets media spent months, from the time Tim Tebow was acquired by trade in April 2012 to the time Mark Sanchez edged him out for the starting job that August, dissecting the team's quarterback situation ad nauseum.
That story became a beat of its own. There were daily updates, annoyed quotations from Rex Ryan and clichés galore from the two combatants about how they were competing but also friends.
It seems like a lot of wasted energy now.
Sanchez was released on Friday night. Coincidentally, the Jets' third quarterback that same year, Greg McElroy, announced he was retiring from playing the game at age 25. Tebow now has been out of the league for seven months.
Tebow remains in the news, both with his new ESPN gig and with ripples that he still might have an eye on playing again — somewhere, for someone. McElroy might have a bright future in coaching. But Sanchez almost certainly will be gainfully employed at some point.
The St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers all have been mentioned as potential landing spots for the former first-round pick. His career has some life to it, even though the past few seasons have been fairly miserable to watch unfold.
But it is stunning that the Jets' three quarterbacks that season all are out of the game currently. No shock that they had a rough season, but perhaps we don't appreciate Ryan's coaching ability enough. He guided that team to a 6-10 record and in a quasi-playoff hunt in early December as crazy as that now seems.
McElroy even started a late game that season over Tebow. They had a miserable draft and made some questionable free-agent signings. The defense was over the hill. Things were crumbling around him, the media was on fire over the whole thing, and yet Ryan managed to keep the team fairly ... gulp, competitive.
Makes you think that this Geno Smith-Michael Vick pairing might not be so awful in comparison. On second thought, let's wait on that thought.
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