What was telling to me was that Tebow opened up his first series with 4 wr's. Sanchez almost always had 2 TE's or 3 Wr's. I think they want to do what Tebow was doing with the 2nd team but with the lack of time that Sanchez was going to have to throw I think they decided to not keep exposing him to hits.
I actually don't mind a 7 yard check down on 1st down. Those kind of plays are what will help create long drives. Last year we would run a blast for 1 yd and then have 2nd or 3rd and long. If we can hit 3-4 pass plays over 15 yards down the field that's enough for the defense to respect the deeper plays and open more running lanes. But as it is in the case of every QB, you need time to throw those routes. Tebow was 4 for 5 when he had time to throw, when he started to get pressured he was 1 for 9. It makes Sanchez's 9 for 11 not seem so bad when you actually see how much pressure he was under. I'm in the camp that thought we moved the ball pretty well on offense, just made stupid mistakes. Penalties and that Int killed us. Prior to the pick I was very happy with how our offense performed in spite of Hunter being terrible. The Int left a bad taste in my mouth though. But you still can't ignore the positives. Last year Sanchez would have been 6 for 11 instead of 9 for 11.
As far as throwing it short a lot of the time people seem to forget that Montana was a 3 step drop and wing it QB. You can win with that type of offense as long as you have WR's who can get YAC and you make the defense at least respect the possibility that you will throw it deep sometimes.