Mark Sanchez admits Tim Tebow joining NY Jets was not best situation for either of them

by: Manish Mehta

Tebow’s arrival stunted the growth of both quarterbacks as it triggered one of the most bizarre non-competitions in league history. Owner Woody Johnson, who made it clear during training camp that ‘(the Jets) are in the media business,’ contributed to the unnecessary chaos in training camp by allowing ESPN to open up a de facto Cortland branch to document Tebow’s every move.
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Mark Sanchez admits Tim Tebow joining NY Jets was not best situation for either of them
Tebow’s arrival stunted the growth of both quarterbacks as it triggered one of the most bizarre non-competitions in league history. Owner Woody Johnson, who made it clear during training camp that ‘(the Jets) are in the media business,’ contributed to the unnecessary chaos in training camp by allowing ESPN to open up a de facto Cortland branch to document Tebow’s every move.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 1:07 AM

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. .Mark Sanchez stepped out of character for a few telling moments earlier this week, revealing what just about everyone else around him had believed for the better part of a year: The Jets contributed to the hype surrounding Tim Tebow’s presence on the team as much as anybody else last season.

“I just don’t know if it was the best situation for either of us,” Sanchez said of playing amid Tebowmania on Fox Sports Radio’s “Petros and Money” show this week. “But you play with the cards you are dealt with and do the very best you can.”

Sanchez, of course, was absolutely right.

Tebow’s arrival stunted the growth of both quarterbacks as it triggered one of the most bizarre non-competitions in league history. Owner Woody Johnson, who made it clear during training camp that “(the Jets) are in the media business,” contributed to the unnecessary chaos in training camp by allowing ESPN to open up a de facto Cortland branch to document Tebow’s every move.

The Jets had already executed an ill-conceived idea to hold a press conference for the backup quarterback after the Jets traded for him a few months earlier.

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These days, the Jets cringe at any and all circus allusions to the organization.

Now, Sanchez, once believed to be the franchise quarterback, intimated that the Jets practically invited the bearded ladies, trapeze artists and clowns themselves to fuel the Tebow hysteria.

“Well, I think part of that, too, is ESPN didn’t necessarily sneak in overnight at our training camp,” Sanchez said. “They had to get permission to go. You can avoid that stuff on your own if you like, in my opinion, but he’s a popular guy and people gravitate towards the guy. He’s a special person and a heck of a competitor, so people want to know what’s going on, but that’s all I got on that.”

Sanchez has never blamed his poor play — he committed 26 turnovers for the second consecutive season — on the traveling circus surrounding Tebow, but there’s little doubt that Johnson, former GM Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan unwittingly sabotaged their starting quarterback with a series of Tebow-related miscalculations.

Tannenbaum took the bullet for the trio, but Johnson ultimately is responsible for the missteps.

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Although Sanchez said that he has a good working relationship with Tebow, they simply shouldn’t be on the same team again. The Jets already wasted one season of Tebow’s career with false promises and may have derailed Sanchez’s once-promising career with an unnecessary distraction.

“It’s up to us to eliminate outside distractions, whether it’s about Tebow in the media or just anyone on the outside or anybody’s expectations and really just focusing on us and really trying to get the best of each other,” Sanchez said about this offseason. “That’s really what it’s about.”

Tebow showed up for the start of the team’s offseason conditioning program this week, but sources told the Daily News that the Jets are still trying to arrange a trade that would happen during the draft. Tebow won’t be a part of the quarterback competition with Sanchez and veteran David Garrard in training camp, but new GM John Idzik clings to the hope that he’ll find a trading partner willing to relieve the Jets of a $1.5 million payment due the Broncos, per terms of the trade last year.

Never mind that Tebow’s mere presence furthers the circus-like perception surrounding the organization. Idzik has no loyalties to Tebow — he didn’t trade for him — so he has no qualms about keeping him in limbo a little longer. The quarterback wants nothing more than to be freed from his year in purgatory.

Tebow and Sanchez want to go their separate ways.

But will the Jets brain trust let them?

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12 Responses to “Mark Sanchez admits Tim Tebow joining NY Jets was not best situation for either of them”

  1. Sage says:

    Love it. 26 turnovers two years in a row, and it’s somehow Tebow who caused Sanchize to choke.

    Mark’s okay with me. The biggest Jets jerk, for my money, is Sparano. Followed by Woody. Followed by Rex.

    Brandi put it so well when she said Sparano could bond with the North Koreans. He’s a joyless man fitted with blinders.

  2. tawk2 says:

    I agree Sage! Tebow was not even there the year before and Sanchez stunk it up then too, just no butt fumble lol. So tired of the Jets blaming everything on Tebow. If Tebow had gotten a fair shot under center I really believe the Jets season would have been a great one. But the stupid organization they are they will never find out.

    I truly believe a lot of the media leaks about Tebow last year came from the Jets themselves trying to take the media off Sanchez and how horrible the Jets really played.

    • Sage says:

      All they had to do was start Tebow the last 2 games, and it was playoffs.

      Going McElroy, Sanchez was lunacy and a good demonstration that Rex preferred to loose than give any power to Tebow. But again, Sparano may have had more to do that than many suspect.

      • The Mascot Army says:

        The irony is that had they started him those last two games, they would have probably traded him by now. and I agree with you about the meat head sparano.

        • Sage says:

          And with Grevous gone from the Jets, it’s conceivable the team will even mature a bit. Not a prediction, but a possibility.

  3. it is not tebow’s fault that mark had
    a bad season, jets are jerks .not the platers the staff.
    hope tebow gets a good ream and wins games
    i will suppot him where ever he goes.

  4. ck says:

    Looks like it is going to be downhill from here on out for the lousy/loser Jets w/Rude and incompetent Ryan still there…As for Tebow, he WINS NO MATTER WHAT!!!!
    GO TEBOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Jean says:

    I wonder if Tebow or any QB would have gone Jets if They had knowledge of Rex’s tattoo.

  6. tawk2 says:

    Jean I too agree with you, how many coaches have their starting quarterbacks jersey on their wife in a tattoo? Tim never had a chance to compete this was very clear all year long.

    I pray that Tim finds a team that wants him and believes in him all the way.

  7. The Mascot Army says:

    Ryan reminds me of the dad coach who favors his son despite it being unearned.

  8. jason says:

    Lol! That’s exactly what he’s like. The little league dad that let’s his son play no matter what and defends him like a soccer mom does her kid. You hit the nail on the head with that. Its also a far too common thing with fans about players and teams as well.

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