NEW YORK (WFAN) — Some believe the Jets will have a short hook on starting quarterback Mark Sanchez this season with sensation Tim Tebow looming at No. 2 on the depth chart.
Not only have the two quarterbacks insisted they can coexist, the team has made it clear Sanchez will be the No. 1 with Tebow getting some snaps in new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano’s system.
The 24-year-old backup, who will be on hand at Sanchez’s “Jets West” camp this summer, told GatorZone.com that he won’t be rooting for a role swap.
“We have a great relationship, on and off the field,” Tebow said. “It’s really very easy to say I am rooting for him. I will not root against him. I wish him nothing but the best. Now, that doesn’t mean I have to try any less, but I really think he’s done a great job. They’ve been in the AFC Championship Game twice he’s been there. He’s a good quarterback and he’ll continue to work hard and be the best he can.”
As his 46.5 completion percentage and 72.9 rating from 2011 might indicate, Tebow could use some work under center. Even though he led Denver from one comeback win to another, the scramblin’ quarterback was criticized heavily last season for his not-so-traditional throwing style.
Jets quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh told the New York Daily News last month that he was pleasantly surprised by Tebow, who admitted he has to improve “everything” in his game.
“This my third year and my third offense. That’s been a struggle,” said Tebow. “Eventually, I’ll know them all, hopefully. I think understanding offense very well, that’ll be a key. And just continuing to work on fundamentals.”
Tebow, under the microscope since his arrival in late March, also took a sarcastic shot at the local media.
“They’ve been very accurate in their reporting,” he said. “First, I was living in the city. Then I was in Hoboken — and I’ve never even been to Hoboken. I think I’ve dated three or four different girls I’ve never met. But it’s been interesting.”
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