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Jets say Sanchez is the starter, Tebow is the backup

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Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum made clear on Wednesday night that he traded for Tim Tebow to be a backup, not to supplant Mark Sanchez as the starter.

“Mark Sanchez is, has been and will be our starting quarterback,” Tannenbaum said. “We’re adding Tim to be our backup and be used in other packages.”

Those other packages primarily refer to the Wildcat formation that Jets head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano both like to employ, and Tannenbaum noted that both Ryan and Sparano learned first hand last year that Tebow can beat a team with his legs.

“I’m looking at two head coaches who lost to Tim last year,” Tannenbaum said of Ryan and Sparano.

Tannenbaum suggested that Tebow will have a more active role on the field than most backup quarterbacks, but he will be a backup.

“Every quarterback in the NFL has a backup, we just changed who ours is and we feel good about it,” Tannenbaum said. “How many plays Tim plays in one game, Rex and Tony will decide that. But we have a vision for the player, we have a role for the player.”

Tannenbaum said he has always been impressed with Tebow’s talent and that the Jets organization liked him out of college and decided to make a play for him when Peyton Manning’s arrival in Denver made Tebow available.

“He’s a great competitor,” Tannenbaum said. “He’s going to come in next year and help us win.”

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  1. steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 21, 2012 10:47 PM

    For now…

  2. bangreggwilliams says: Mar 21, 2012 10:48 PM

    Saints say, “we’ll injure either.”

  3. ygkr85 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:48 PM

    Might as well make the HBO Hard Knocks series a Jets reality show. This is absurd!!!

  4. zlmillerkazz says: Mar 21, 2012 10:49 PM

    This is the kind of roll that works for Tebow, hopefully the Jets fans realize this & don’t call for him too start. Jets need some offensive help, a very simple offense has turned into a more dynamic one.

  5. lombardihero says: Mar 21, 2012 10:49 PM

    And God said will see about that……

  6. conormacleod says: Mar 21, 2012 10:49 PM

    Thank you Captain Obvious.

  7. Raider-in-PA says: Mar 21, 2012 10:49 PM

    Just when Ryan was whining about the dissention in the lockerroom, this happens??? Looks like the Raiders are no longer the most dysfunctional team in the NFL… Thanks Jets!!!

  8. jetslag44years says: Mar 21, 2012 10:49 PM

    Sanchez is the starter until week 4 Tannenbaum said

  9. chizzle20 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:49 PM

    Don’t worry Tim. Sanchez is in front of you, you won’t be a backup for long…lol!

  10. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Mar 21, 2012 10:49 PM

    That’s right. You’re looking at two coaches who lost to a totally incompetent quarterback. They’re all yours. Enjoy.

  11. pb420 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:50 PM

    But can he do a nifty pepsi max commercial like GQ Sanchez?

  12. jetslag44years says: Mar 21, 2012 10:51 PM

    If only Tebow was wearing Number 9 in that picture…

  13. nukaten says: Mar 21, 2012 10:51 PM

    So I guess that reminds the team that Sanchez is the leader? Right?

  14. cmdv8 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:51 PM

    one can only hope

  15. bangreggwilliams says: Mar 21, 2012 10:51 PM

    Pat Robertson to be third string.

  16. berniemadoffsides says: Mar 21, 2012 10:51 PM

    That’s probably the last we’ll ever hear of Tim Tebow…

  17. rollerino1 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:51 PM

    So who’s 3rd string now? Are they stockpiling QB’s?

  18. yodelpoo says: Mar 21, 2012 10:52 PM

    LOL Jets

    BTW, how much traffic did PFT have today? I imagine the numbers are insane.

  19. lbpackfan says: Mar 21, 2012 10:52 PM

    Sweet…if crappy option A doesn’t work out, they can go to crappy option B…or use crappy A and B at same time.

    Time for Firemen Ed to upgrade the jersey…it’s TEBOW time in NY!!!!!!!!

  20. alan226 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:52 PM

    Yeah, Sanchez is the starter until he throws 3 picks. Right now Sanchez is throwing up in his mouth knowing one mistake and it’s bench city.

  21. nygsbchamps4 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:53 PM

    Why not let Tebow start, Sanchez sucks anyway, heck the whole Jets organization sucks for getting themselves in this mess anyway. P.s. I think Tebow is a great person, but he sucks as a QB, I’m just being objective.

  22. deluxe3333 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:54 PM

    why not let jesus decide…o wait if tebow is jesus does that make elway god?

  23. kane337 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:55 PM

    Of any team out there……why the stupid Jets? Ugh.

  24. xtb3 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:55 PM

    Sanchez is done with the Jets. Tebow and McElroy will be the #1 and #2 QBs.

  25. ftblfan9 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:56 PM

    Now let’s have a gosh darn snack!

  26. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 21, 2012 10:57 PM

    That they even had to clarify is the funny part.

  27. billsfan27 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:57 PM

    In unrelated team news: the Jets informed their fans that the front office folks will be wearing clown shoes to honor the 2012 season.

  28. capone2510 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:58 PM

    Anyone else wondering how Drew Stanton is feeling about signing with the Jets? $1.25M seems high for third string

  29. psychonolfi says: Mar 21, 2012 10:58 PM

    Bye Bye Rexie and Tanny!

  30. jmclarkent says: Mar 21, 2012 10:59 PM

    Somewhere Kyle Orton is having De Ja Vu.

  31. nmunderdog says: Mar 21, 2012 11:00 PM

    Let me guess…Sanchez gives the Jets the best chance to win, right?!! That is the kiss of death! Ask Kyle Orton.

  32. maxvain says: Mar 21, 2012 11:01 PM

    Tony Sparano, Miami’s old coach should be able to run some good WILDCAT packages with Tebow. Not a bad pick-up considering its a 4th rounder, and he can be utilized in custom down and distance circumstances. He throws a kink in the Defensive Planning, especially in the redzone. More up side than downside considering it was a 4th round pick. Plus they get more revenue in NY, especially with everyone in NY throwing advert-money to the SB Champions Giants. It was necessary move by JETS.

  33. Andre's Johnson says: Mar 21, 2012 11:01 PM

    Everyone knows it all comes down to whoever has prettier feet. My money’s on Sanchez, though I hear Tebow has nice ankles.

  34. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 21, 2012 11:01 PM

    Tebow has a better career passer rating than Sanchez. Playing for a much poorer team. Same winning percentage. Plus he averages more rushing yards per start than any of the Jets running backs.

    Don’t think the status quo will hold up for long.

  35. bonniebengal says: Mar 21, 2012 11:01 PM

    It’s a good place for Tim to be. He does well with the Wildcat. Hopefully they will be working with him on development. This is his third coaching staff in three years. I hope this one really wants to work with him.

  36. lucimorland says: Mar 21, 2012 11:01 PM

    I bet Drew Stanton wishes he had waited another week to sign with a team, since he just got bumped down to third string behind two guys who can’t throw an accurate, forward pass.

  37. larrydavidstern says: Mar 21, 2012 11:03 PM

    What a circus/disaster this is gonna be! All this so he can come in and run the wildcat for a yard or two!?

  38. bangreggwilliams says: Mar 21, 2012 11:03 PM

    Let’s pray they get along.

  39. dannyutah13 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:06 PM

    Sure. They kinda HAVE to say that

  40. gatorprof says: Mar 21, 2012 11:06 PM

    Sanchez will melt under the pressure.

    Despite Timmy’s throwing mechanics and accuracy problems, he still has a higher QB rating than Sanchez.

  41. bangreggwilliams says: Mar 21, 2012 11:07 PM

    Should have known this was coming, on Tuesday Jesus sold his ski-in ski-out house in Vail and bought loft style condo in Soho.

  42. raiderrob21 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:09 PM

    So what your saying is the Jets still dont have a starting Qb!

    RAIDER NATION!!!!

  43. TSizzleBallSoHard says: Mar 21, 2012 11:09 PM

    For now…

  44. scott8nj says: Mar 21, 2012 11:09 PM

    They bring this circus to town just to put pressure on Sanchez? To run a few gadget plays a game? If you have too many quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks.

  45. broncfanor says: Mar 21, 2012 11:10 PM

    So the Jets are back to having no QB’s again I see.

  46. sadskinsfan89 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:11 PM

    I give it three games

  47. savvybynature says: Mar 21, 2012 11:11 PM

    Anyone else feel like Luke Skywalker just went to the dark side?

  48. stryker073 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:13 PM

    I think tebow will do a good job for the jets

  49. etoharin78 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:14 PM

    At least know when Revis and Cro don’t tackle him they can say, “well we didn’t tackle him because of the…um…red no-contact jersey…yeah that’s it the red jersey.” Elite CB my a$$, not if the refs start call PI like they should.

  50. RexCanCoach says: Mar 21, 2012 11:14 PM

    In a related story, the odds in Vegas for the Jets to win the super bowl just INCREASED from 40-1 to 80-1 after the trade.

  51. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Mar 21, 2012 11:15 PM

    In other news, in Minnesota, it’s cold and it snows.

    We already knew that

  52. finfan4lyfe says: Mar 21, 2012 11:15 PM

    As a die hard fin fan, it’s hard to say this, but good for Tim, Sporano will give this guy a few plays and we will still win, but Tebow will be stable, he still could get traded again though, Jacksonville is hungry for the sales and tebowmania…….fl. But Owell. Good for you Tim.

  53. ahs2 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:15 PM

    Release Stanton!!!…I want him back on the Lions roster!

  54. mrlynch33 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:16 PM

    This is hit or miss for the Jets. The organization lately has been a circus but if… i’m sorry, when Mark Sanchez starts sucking the fans are gonna pull the plug on Sanchez and Rex Ryan won’t look like the bad guy as much.
    He is NOT a long term answer though, I don’t see him repeating what he did in Denver with some of the dudes in the Jets locker room.

  55. christhefish says: Mar 21, 2012 11:16 PM

    I can see it now… Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez, smiling, wearing black pants, white shirts and ties, riding around the neighborhood on bicycles, knocking on doors and spreading the good word. Meanwhile, Rex is at practice wondering where the heck they are…

  56. txspartan95 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:17 PM

    I feel for Drew Stanton who just signed with the Jets as their backup. He undoubtedly has more NFL talent than Tim Tebow and likely has more than Mark Sanchez. Regardless, he now looks like the odd man out in NY.

  57. bukes111 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:18 PM

    Forget Hard Knocks, they should make a reality show w/ Rex, Mark & Tebow sharing an apt together during the off season.

  58. drewzducks says: Mar 21, 2012 11:19 PM

    J-E-T-S…joke joke joke

  59. megaspartan87 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:19 PM

    Not for long…

  60. tamvu says: Mar 21, 2012 11:20 PM

    honestly…dumbest move ever. how can the Jets FO not forsee the possibility (very real possibility) of the circus show and media mayhem that ensues when sanchez starts SUCKING like he usually does. Sanchez throws a pick in the 4th qtr? how long til they start clamoring for tebow (justifiable or not)? Who actually wants that drama?? drama drama drama…

  61. christhefish says: Mar 21, 2012 11:20 PM

    …or how about Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez back-to-back wearing green suits, green hats, green ties and green sunglasses looking at the camera and saying “We’re on a mission from God”. Play the blues brothers theme, and call them the Green Brothers. LOL!

  62. jjbadd says: Mar 21, 2012 11:20 PM

    As a Denver fan and Tebow fan, all i can say is Tebow IS a winner, hard worker,and he gives 100% every game. I wish him well.

  63. barneyrumble says: Mar 21, 2012 11:21 PM

    I like how Tebow has handled himself through all of this, it has to have been a challenge. He could have gone T.O., or McNabb and talked to anyone with a microphone that would have listened but he didn’t, he stayed above that. No matter what you think of the talent level, you have to admire the professionalism and class with which the young man carries himself.

  64. beauregard says: Mar 21, 2012 11:22 PM

    Kyle Orton was the starter too. Once Tebow came in Orton was quickly gone the next year. Don’t be buying any real estate Sanchez.

  65. grandpoopah says: Mar 21, 2012 11:22 PM

    Tom Brady could outplay every quarterback in his division throwing left handed while tripping on acid.

  66. mjkelly77 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:23 PM

    Yeah. They’re saying that NOW.

  67. jdhein22 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:24 PM

    Wasn’t Kyle Orton the starter in Denver last year around this time?

  68. dd2189 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:26 PM

    Drew brees needs an explanation

  69. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 21, 2012 11:26 PM

    You don’t pay $2.5MM and draft picks for a back-up. The jets front office has proven to be lying through their teeth. So just to make sure we got this straight, you weren’t interested in Manning but your willing to dole out cash and draft picks for tebow… And he’s just a back-up.

    Mark, do yourself a favor and get out of town. You can deal with almost any kind of person, except liars. It sounds harsh, but it’s true.

  70. mcjon22 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:27 PM

    2011 Denver Broncos

    “Orton is the starter, Tebow is the back up”

  71. chawk12thman says: Mar 21, 2012 11:30 PM

    Praying for upcoming schedule release to show the Jets to travel to Seahawks around week 4 or 5 so I can watch the Tebow start. Their first two games at home would help set the table.

  72. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 21, 2012 11:35 PM

    Tebow threw 20 Td passes and had 9 Int in his first 15 starts. Sanchez threw 12 Td passes and had 20 Int in his first 15 starts. Plus Tim added close to 1,000 rushing yards during those starts.

    It won’t even be a contest.

  73. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 21, 2012 11:36 PM

    Ask yourself this, does Sanchez have the heart to play with Tim breathing down his neck… We know how this ends.

  74. jcbadger34 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:39 PM

    This season will be too funny. Watching the Saints implode because of all the likely suspensions coming up, watching the Jets implode because of their toxic locker room. I can only hope for Suh to start stomping more people to make it complete.

  75. randygnyc says: Mar 21, 2012 11:39 PM

    I’m a Jets fan (giants fan too). Very glad they made this trade. At the very least, Tim adds some respectability to that locker room. It’s no secret the Jets had limited success, in spite of Sanchez. They dumbed downed the offense for Mark. Now Tim will get control of this team by mid season and with Sporano, change to a real ground and pound. I hope they do well.

  76. lilb360 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:40 PM

    I think people who say (insert team name here) Nation, are ass wipes.

  77. thejackalofnight1 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:45 PM

    With this latest move to trade for Tebow, wonder how long it will take Rex Ryan to declare the Jets the odds on fav to win the SB…
    I think the AFC East is in a tight horse race…
    To see which team has had the strangest off season… I think the NY Pets have pulled ahead of the Fish.

  78. lostsok says: Mar 21, 2012 11:51 PM

    So they’ll get their backup hurt FIRST. Sweet. Nice plan, their…what could possibly go wrong.

  79. ravenator says: Mar 21, 2012 11:55 PM

    Sanchez is the starter, until week 2.

  80. Spencer says: Mar 21, 2012 11:55 PM

    That noise you hear is Kyle Orton’s hysterical laughter.

  81. outlawshark says: Mar 21, 2012 11:59 PM

    randygnyc says:
    Mar 21, 2012 11:39 PM

    “It’s no secret the Jets had limited success, in spite of Sanchez. They dumbed downed the offense for Mark.”
    ———————————

    Then what would you call what the Broncos did for Tebow last year?

  82. johnnyb216 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:03 AM

    This trade does nothing but reinforce the fact that Sanchez is the leader of this team. Just like his contract extension.

  83. jimmylions says: Mar 22, 2012 12:03 AM

    Drew Stanton just got bumped back down to 3rd string … he deserves better than the Jets.

  84. peternorth1 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:07 AM

    CANT WAIT !

  85. no1draftpick says: Mar 22, 2012 12:14 AM

    “jets-say-sanchez-is-the-starter-tebow-is-the-backup”, I think we’ve all heard that line before

  86. supremecheesehead says: Mar 22, 2012 12:23 AM

    If Sanchez gets injured, the Jets circus will be a lot more hilarious then it already is lol

  87. nekelund says: Mar 22, 2012 12:23 AM

    If my goal is to make Mark Sanchez a successful quarterback, nothing seems more foolproof than making him compete against NFL defences, Tim Tebow and Jesus at the same time.

  88. sysi45 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:32 AM

    That is it, I am tired of getting razed by Giant fans. First a rag armed QB, then an over the hill QB, a QB that started for one year a SC and didn’t show anything. A wide receiver that just got out of jail and now a Fullback disguised as a QB. What the hell is going on here. I give up, I will move to the dark side. Giants here I come.

  89. orcheon says: Mar 22, 2012 12:33 AM

    Tim Tebow should become the equivalent of a closer.

  90. randygnyc says: Mar 22, 2012 12:35 AM

    @Outlawshark;
    I agree, the broncos also ran a simple offense. They didn’t do it but claim they hadn’t, like the jets. Given the choice between Tebow and Sanchez, I’ll take Tebow, EVERYDAY, twice on Sunday’s and the occasional Monday nights.

  91. mmillensucks says: Mar 22, 2012 12:38 AM

    what about Stanton? Heh, finally gets a crack at #2 and now Tebow shows up haha. Bummer man…

  92. xxpatsxx says: Mar 22, 2012 12:43 AM

    ” “I’m looking at two head coaches who lost to Tim last year,” Tannenbaum said of Ryan and Sparano.”

    Translation: Our division rival’s coach beat Tim twice last year so maybe it’s not that Tim’s good as much as these guys suck.

    ——————

    ” “He’s a great competitor,” Tannenbaum said. “He’s going to come in next year and help us win.” ”

    Translation: If all else fails, perhaps a virgin sacrifice will help us win.

  93. pisano says: Mar 22, 2012 12:46 AM

    The Jets organization is nothing but a “ship of fools” first they extend Sanchez two years, when he had no leverage, then they bring Tebow in for what reason I can’t figure out, and the first time Sanchez has another two or three interception day all hell is going to break loose. The Jets just look for headaches, and they are going to have another big one, coming soon.

  94. maverick5266 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:48 AM

    You know that Jesus moving to New York will bring GOD into the equation very quickly. If I lived in New York there would be one thing I would thank GOD for every day.

    The New York Giants!

  95. youenvyrex83 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:50 AM

    Wow it’s crazy how many people can predict exactly what will happen with the Jets. I can’t believe your not all GM’s or Coaches in the NFL. How about we wait and see how it works out. These guys do all work in the same building and do talk to each other. I’m sure Sanchez was aware the Jets were going for Tebow. Everyone knows everything. It’s not an expected move of course, but who knows what they’ll use Tebow for. He’s an awesome athlete and a positive locker room presence. If Sanchez doesn’t work out then at least we have Tebow who always finds a way to become one of the best. Let the pro’s do their job and support your team. They do this for a living. I love Joe Namath but he’s always been crazy. We’ll see what happens.

  96. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 22, 2012 1:01 AM

    Boy, Elway really stuck it to Tim sending him to this collection of clowns. Nasty.

  97. profootballwalk says: Mar 22, 2012 1:08 AM

    ““I’m looking at two head coaches who lost to Tim last year,” Tannenbaum said of Ryan and Sparano.”

    Belichick wasn’t in the room.

  98. htimsr40 says: Mar 22, 2012 7:30 AM

    Let the dysfunction begin. The rest of the AFC East is smiling today.

  99. cuda1234 says: Mar 22, 2012 7:30 AM

    So Sanchez has won 30 games and taken his team to two NFC Championships but Tebow’s a “winner”?

    What’s up with that?

  100. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Mar 22, 2012 7:39 AM

    NFL stands for Not For Long. It’s practically guaranteed that Tebow will be making starts this year. Sanchez is a bust.

  101. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Mar 22, 2012 8:16 AM

    I’ll say it again. If the QB takes the snap, it’s not the “Wildcat.” it’s called the “Shotgun.”

  102. billymc75 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:16 AM

    QBs in special pkgs are third stringers

  103. dscags says: Mar 22, 2012 8:22 AM

    Sexy Rexy better watch his language he has the all mighty Tebow in the locker room now

  104. madisonave99 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:24 AM

    You can always tell who actually watches the Jets week-in and week-out versus who just listens to media idiots. The Jets in 2012 had a marginal defense, barely any running game, diva WR’s who were more concerned about theirbown paycheck then actually making plays on the field (look at that disastrous Philly game for a prime example), and a banged up offensive line who couldn’t protect anybody–yet Sanchez gets all the heat?? GMAB. I’ll never understand why Mark gets crapped on so much. He’s done more in big spots in his short career than Rivers, Romo, and Ryan combined. When the heat’s on them in December and January, they fail to show up EVERY TIME

  105. howiegtr says: Mar 22, 2012 8:33 AM

    As a Patriots fan I’m soooo happy the Yester’s circus will be making an appearance in town this year…they’re giving The Ringling Bros a run for their money.

  106. dman6015 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:37 AM

    “We got him as a backup quarterback. Sanchez is still our starter.” And you told Stanton he was No. 2 when you signed him last week. Now you’ll probably release him. So, Mr. Sanchez, don’t get too comfy.

  107. ghosts go boo says: Mar 22, 2012 8:38 AM

    So God is Sanchez’s co-pilot?

  108. cjspiller12 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:44 AM

    Tebow was so bad with completions while playing for Denver…….. but now that he is a New York Jet, maybe he can teach Mark Sanchez to throw better interceptions!!

  109. kenny328usa says: Mar 22, 2012 8:45 AM

    I give it until week 7 and Tebow will be starting

  110. dspyank2k11 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:54 AM

    for now…

  111. mjkelly77 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:59 AM

    Rex has said that whoever has the prettiest feet will start. Sanchez is polishing his toenails as I’m typing this.

  112. cmacky12 says: Mar 22, 2012 9:34 AM

    babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 21, 2012 11:35 PM

    Tebow threw 20 Td passes and had 9 Int in his first 15 starts. Sanchez threw 12 Td passes and had 20 Int in his first 15 starts. Plus Tim added close to 1,000 rushing yards during those starts.

    It won’t even be a contest.

    ————————————

    I love how people say this, but forget to mention Tebow’s 14 fumbles… and how he lost 4 of his last 5 games in 2011.

    Tebow sucks. Sanchez suck. Jets suck.

  113. bullcharger says: Mar 22, 2012 9:50 AM

    The Jets will have to use Tebow as a running back in regular formations. The only way the wildcat works is when it isn’t expected.

    That’s why it worked for Ronnie Brown but it never worked for the jets with Brad Smith.

    If they bring Tebow on the field as the QB teams will just go into a pre-determined Tebow defense.

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