NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Brett Favre. Mark Sanchez. Tebowmania. Two straight AFC championship games.
The letdowns of 2011 and 2012.
Tight end Dustin Keller was around for some highs and lots of lows in five seasons with the New York Jets. Or as he put it Sunday, there’s “always some type of nonsense going on” with his former team.
“When you’re in the New York media, you don’t say that you’re used to all of that, there’s always going to be distractions, but this is really more so than anywhere else,” Keller told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “You’re really talking about a team that — we didn’t even go to the playoffs the year before, but it seemed like we’re in the media more than anybody else, and for the wrong reasons. And you never want that.”
The Jets brought in Tim Tebow to pair with Sanchez at quarterback in 2012. The experiment was a failure, Gang Green turned into a high-profile disaster and Tebow Time officially ended with his release this offseason.
“Could it have anything to do with the season, kind of things falling apart? I really don’t know,” Keller said of the media attention. “When you’re in that market, it just has to be something you’re ready to deal with.”
Keller, one of Sanchez’s favorite targets, signed with the Miami Dolphins this offseason on a one-year deal. He was asked about last year’s acquisition of Tebow and the team’s decision to draft West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who is competing with Sanchez for the starting job.
“I think (Sanchez) definitely doesn’t like the fact that those moves were made,” Keller said. “I don’t think those are things that made him happy. But possibly could it be something that pushed him? I think maybe. I’m not quite sure, but it definitely lit a fire underneath him.
“I’ve talked to him a couple times this offseason and he’s been working, so I think you can expect some good things from him.”
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