Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez getting along in reunion at Eagles camp

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, August 6, 2015, 9:55 PM
After stirring plenty of buzz three years ago with the Jets, Mark Sanchez (l.) and Tim Tebow (r.) are back together competing to make an impact with the Eagles.MATT ROURKE/AP

After stirring plenty of buzz three years ago with the Jets, Mark Sanchez (l.) and Tim Tebow (r.) are back together competing to make an impact with the Eagles.

PHILADELPHIA — The big news out of Eagles camp is Mark Sanchez still likes Tim Tebow enough that he would still fix his flat tire.

“Of course. Why not? Why wouldn’t you?” Sanchez chuckled Thursday.

 

So far, so good. Tebow’s tires, unlike the Patriots’ footballs in January, have remained fully inflated in the nearly four months since he signed with Philly. “He hasn’t gotten any flat tires,” Sanchez said. “He knows what he is doing.”

It was a scene Thursday that required a double take: No. 3 standing a few feet away from No. 11 during a break in practice. It was not No. 6 and No. 15, but their identity was unmistakable.

No. 3 being Sanchez.

No. 11 being Tebow.

Wait, what?

Their season together in 2012 with the Jets was a nightmare, so of course Eagles coach Chip Kelly couldn’t pass up the opportunity to reunite the dynamic duo.

 

TebowMania really ticked off Sanchez three years ago, but his true feelings didn’t come out until after Tebow was released a few days following the 2013 draft once the Jets selected Geno Smith in the second round. Sanchez was trying to describe their relationship and discussed a scenario if Tebow had a flat on the side of the road.

“I’m not going to just blow by him,” Sanchez said then. “At the same time, I’m not sending him gifts on his birthday.”

Three years ago, Sanchez was trying to keep Tebow off the field and Tebow was trying to make himself valuable enough for Rex Ryan to find ways to get him on the field. It was dysfunctional. Ryan had no idea what he was doing. The Jets were 6-10 and Tebow threw just eight passes and carried 32 times. Sanchez turned it over 26 times for the second year in a row.

Now Sanchez is trying to beat out Sam Bradford, who suffered a torn left ACL in each of the last two years with the Rams, and Tebow is trying to beat out Matt Barkley for the No. 3 spot. Sanchez feels much stronger than last year, being two years removed from that season-ending shoulder in a 2013 preseason game with the Jets.

Early observations: Bradford looks rusty and Sanchez has a legitimate chance to win the starting job. He took some snaps with the first-team offense Thursday. Kelly is impressed with Tebow’s versatility and then 90 minutes later he even looked sharp throwing the ball — it was not an illusion — on three straight passes. Tebow could be a weapon as a two-point specialist.

Tebow has not taken off on another shirtless Chariots of Fire dash through the rain that created so many hilarious headlines in Cortland. He’s just happy to be in training camp after not playing since being cut by the Patriots in August of 2013. Tebow’s presence has not generated the hysteria that it did in New York.

Even so, how could Sanchez not be thinking when Tebow signed: Why couldn’t it have been with any of their other 31 teams?

“Oh no, it didn’t bother me one iota. I didn’t even think twice about it, to be honest,” Sanchez said. “It doesn’t change anything I have going on. I’m competing my butt off to start and play. Whoever is on the team, it doesn’t matter. Coach Kelly had a reason for him to be here. He knows what his team is supposed to look like and who he wants on the squad. Everybody fits in.”

Of course, when Tebow signed in April, Sanchez declared that Kelly was just bringing in another arm to help until Bradford was ready. But that’s not the way it’s working out. “Tim obviously has a lot of skills that other quarterbacks don’t have because of his ability to run the football, but we have not delved into any of that yet,” Kelly said.

Sanchez and Tebow are focusing on the present with the Eagles.MATT ROURKE/AP

Sanchez and Tebow are focusing on the present with the Eagles.

Have Sanchez and Tebow talked about the rough spots with the Jets?

“We were fine,” Sanchez said. “I had no problems with him then. I don’t have a problem with him now. He comes out, he works hard.”

Tebow claims he never heard Sanchez’s flat-tire characterization of their relationship. “That’s in the past,” he said.

Sanchez and Tebow are spending a lot of time together in the quarterback meetings and on the field. They are not likely hanging out in the same social circles. Tebow says “it’s good” to be back with him.

“I think me and Mark have a lot of respect for each other,” he said. “He comes out here and works as hard as he can. I do the same. We cheer each other on.”

Do they talk about the Jets circus of 2012?

“We talk,” Tebow said. “We don’t necessarily get in depth about that. I think we’re trying to focus on the present and future and not really look in the past.”

The future: Week Three on Sept. 27 at MetLife Stadium. Eagles at Jets. It’s not that much of a reach given Bradford’s inactivity and injury history that Sanchez will be starting and Tebow will be the backup. And if the Eagles bus has a flat tire on the way up the New Jersey Turnpike, Sanchez will know how to fix it. Maybe Tebow will help him.

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2 Responses to “Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez getting along in reunion at Eagles camp”

  1. David Oliver says:

    It’s Nice to be Nice !

    • ck says:

      David O.: Especially, when it is “cloak and dagger”…so much for scratching the surface, lol! Tebow is very smart not to engage in distractions…speaks volumes as to Tebow’s high morals/standards!!!:D
      (Will give this Matt guy credit though, he tried to set it up and was it ever an epic “FAIL”, ha, ha!)

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