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Sanchez is the key to the success of the Tebow trade

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The Jets plan to use two quarterbacks interchangeably in 2012, which then will make it harder for the opposing defense to prepare for either of them.  For that approach to succeed, one person must fully and completely buy in.

And his name isn’t Tim Tebow.

The “starting” quarterback, Mark Sanchez, must be prepared to never complain, via words or body language, about getting yanked from a game and replaced by Tim Tebow.  Specifically, Sanchez can’t say anything negative about the process of Sanchez out/Tebow in, in any setting — at his locker, during a press conference, or while sipping a post-game beer with Mike Silver.

Sanchez also can’t do anything during a game that would suggest displeasure with having his rhythm disrupted.  Remember Donovan McNabb during a 2009 preseason game?  He didn’t like being removed for a couple of Mike Vick Wildcat plays, and McNabb made it known.

Mark needs to control his body language and his facial expression and if all else fails he needs to remember he’s getting more than $20 million for the next two years to go along with periodically stepping aside.

He can prevent it only by stepping up in a major way — by becoming so good that the team can’t justify taking him off the field for one snap per game much less 20.  Unless and until that happens, nothing Sanchez says can make the situation better.  Given that it’s all playing out in New York, any effort by Sanchez to communicate displeasure will only make it worse.

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43 Responses to “Sanchez is the key to the success of the Tebow trade”
  1. pravin68 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:00 AM

    If Sanchez had delivered on the field, then he wouldnt have had to worry about coming out for sub packages. That is why Tebow isn’t in Denver. With Manning, there is no need for a sub package.

  2. jcjets says: Mar 28, 2012 10:04 AM

    First of all, you dont know what Sanchez has to do to make this work out between he and Tebow.

    Your second point is dead on. Sanchez controls the whole equation because he is the starter, and if he plays more consistant, which has always been his problem, it won’t make sense to take him off the field 20 times a game.

  3. reppster says: Mar 28, 2012 10:07 AM

    Who cares about these guys, they have been flooding this front page for days now! They both suck as a quarterback do chances are they won’t fool any defenses!

  4. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 28, 2012 10:08 AM

    I’m glad I’m not a Jets fan.

  5. tluke25 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:08 AM

    You are absolutely right, Mike, but that’s easier said than done. Sanchez’s maturity level hasn’t always been high. This is a guy who wipes his boogers on teammates and dates teenage girls. How is he going to deal with being undercut by Tebowmania?

  6. jetsfan6 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:09 AM

    I agree!! Sanchez is the starter and tebow is not. Tebow is a football player not a QB

  7. burkem325 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:09 AM

    Because quarterback by committee ALWAYS works so well! Morton-Staubach got nothin on Sanchez-Tebow.

  8. pfii63 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:10 AM

    Good luck with this.

    I see one of two possible outcomes. The Jets go 7-9 or 6-10 and Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez, and Tim Tebow are all run out of town, or…

    I see the Jets go 7-9 or 6-10 and just Sanchez is run out of town, while Ryan is given one more year to make it work with Tebow.

    Tebow might serve as some cover for Ryan, but the end result will be the same; epic fail.

  9. stonecld33 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:11 AM

    Maybe the jets should have 3 quarterbacks and really make it harder for defenses to prepare.

  10. briscocountyjr says: Mar 28, 2012 10:14 AM

    “he needs to remember he’s getting more than $20 million for the next two years to go along with periodically stepping aside.”

    Sanchez… Mark Sanchez getting $20 mil over 2 seasons, wow. I bet the Jet’s accountants are acting out like troubled teens.

  11. joetoronto says: Mar 28, 2012 10:16 AM

    I think we need allot more Tebow/Sanchez threads.

    My God man, give it a rest already.

  12. mecheng04 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:17 AM

    I believe that the entire premise of this article is wrong. I think the evolution of the “Wildcat” will involve a greater passing threat. I see Sanchez and Tebow on the field at the same time (Sanchez under center with Tebow as HB/FB or slot. Hence, I don’t think Tebow getting 20 plays a game directly correlates to Sanchez being out 20 plays a game.

    Think of it is a HB pass/option attack more than the Wildcat.

  13. bucingnasty says: Mar 28, 2012 10:21 AM

    Doesnt Sanchez kinda look like Carson Palmer?

  14. chrislarry says: Mar 28, 2012 10:22 AM

    Is anyone else reminded of Rex’s Dad Buddy and his scheme to have Jaws play 1st and 2nd downs and a young Randall Cunningham play 3rd while he was Eagles Head Coach?

    Yeah that failed too…

    Wow the Jets are going to be entertaining this season for all the wrong reasons

  15. theandy59 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:25 AM

    Despite the drivel coming out of the Jets camp, the move to acquire Tebow is clearly an indicator that they don’t have confidence that Sanchez is the guy. Can you imagine New England, Green Bay, New Orleans, the Giants, or even Pittsburgh making a move like this? Of course not, because each of those teams have a bona fide NFL QB that you wouldn’t take the ball from for 20 plays, or even 5 plays, to run some gimmick plays. It’s been said many times before – if you have two QB’s you don’t have any.

  16. petehemlock says: Mar 28, 2012 10:26 AM

    Sanchez doesn’t have a XXL personality like T-Bo does and I think that’s what NY wants. I’d hate to see something like this prevent a guy like Sanchez from realizing his potential. That’s the real risk.

  17. whatnojets says: Mar 28, 2012 10:31 AM

    For the record, Mark Sanchez quaterback rating in 2011 was better than the following quaterbacks of the follwoing NFL teams:

    Bengals
    Eagles
    Redskins
    Niners
    Seahwaks
    Raiders
    Browns
    Dolphins
    Texans
    Bears
    Jaguars
    Rams
    Cardinals
    Vikings
    Broncos
    Chiefs
    Colts

    Just to mention a few!

    So, enough of these posts about Sanchez NOT being a good quaterback!

    I’ll take him in a hreat beat over any of the above

    Sincerely,
    Rex

  18. IainRWB says: Mar 28, 2012 10:32 AM

    I think this is just about right. Sanchez controls everything with his performance. Up until now he’s taken the blame when his receivers and blockers have fouled up, though I wonder if he might be less inclined to do so in 2012…

  19. dcsween says: Mar 28, 2012 10:33 AM

    Shouldn’t be a problem for Sanchez to relax when he gets pulled as long as the Jets keep a ready supply of hot dogs on the sidelines.

  20. neilanblomi says: Mar 28, 2012 10:36 AM

    Sanchise….What you gonna do when Tebowmania runs wild on YOU???????????

  21. eagleswin says: Mar 28, 2012 10:36 AM

    The Jets traded 2 picks, paid $2.53 million salary advance, held a press conference and publicly declared that Tebow will see plenty of time during games at the QB position.

    The Jets have invested heavily in Tebow. It’s not a matter of Sanchez playing well enough to keep Tebow off the field. Tebow will be given every opportunity to succeed because the Jets will look even more foolish if their investment never sees the field.

    He’s the newest attraction at the circus and they will show him off regardless of the wisdom in doing so.

    One of them will not be a Jet next year and it will likely have little to do with how well Sanchez throws the ball.

  22. 4thquartermagic says: Mar 28, 2012 10:40 AM

    Even Charlie Brown (kyle orton) scoffed at the notion of being subbed for alternate packages.

    Sounds all well in good in theory for sanchize until he starts getting benched in the red zone for Tebow.

    Guaranteed he has escalators in his contract based on performance and once tebow starts taking money away from sanchize that couldve been spent on smedium tees and white skinny jeans, his true feelings will come out.

  23. jcjets says: Mar 28, 2012 10:41 AM

    @petehemlock NY wants a winner. Elli certainly doesn’t have an XXL personality..

  24. 7to10for6allday says: Mar 28, 2012 10:42 AM

    Any jets fan telling you Sanchez is good is a homer. Keep telling yourselves that Sanchez is good….lol retards

  25. 7to10for6allday says: Mar 28, 2012 10:44 AM

    Sanchez is a good back up qb, period! I enjoyed watching the eagles destroy the jets last season. It was beautiful. McCoy with the hat trick and the D raped Sanchez all day.

  26. rickastleydancemoves says: Mar 28, 2012 10:54 AM

    How much “wildcat” did the Patriots and Giants use last year? I would guess none.

  27. nyfan0214 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:54 AM

    Giant fan here – but being in NY I see/hear a lot of the Jests. Jet mngmt has messed with Sanchez’s head from day one. They say one thing and then do something else….say they have confidence in him but the game plan/play calling indicates otherwise. Now he has to endure the Tebow drama. From day one I’ve thought Sanchez has the tools to be very good….he has some things you can’t teach – good feet, pocket presence, arm strength,competitive drive. I hope for his sake somehow some way he gets out of here and gets a fresh start.

  28. subo23 says: Mar 28, 2012 11:02 AM

    I think I saw this episode of Friday Night Lights. Matt Saracen vs. JD McCoy, right? As I recall, it didn’t work out too well for Saracen.

  29. capthowdy666 says: Mar 28, 2012 11:03 AM

    Sanchez has no control over anything he’s already lost his spot! Rex wants to ” ground and pound” and Rex and Tebow have the same agent, so Tebow finally feels wanted by a coach.Watch the foot fetish!

  30. nflsucker says: Mar 28, 2012 11:05 AM

    I think I know what’s up. Rex Ryan promised that Sanchez would be the starter for as long as he’s the coach, and Sanchez sucks so bad that “starter” had to become nothing more than taking the first snap of the game. After that one play, they can bench Sanchez anytime they want, and Ryan didn’t fail on another stupid guarantee.

  31. thejuddstir says: Mar 28, 2012 11:05 AM

    Sanchez and Tebow….two keys but sorry Rexy and Jests fans, to find a real QB you need the “key” to door number 3.

  32. rdrs68 says: Mar 28, 2012 11:05 AM

    Now if the team could find a way to get coach “Toes”to shut his big fat mouth it would help.

  33. fatfreddystubbs says: Mar 28, 2012 11:18 AM

    Hence, I don’t think Tebow getting 20 plays a game directly correlates to Sanchez being out 20 plays a game.

    Think of it is a HB pass/option attack more than the Wildcat.
    ————————————————–
    @mecheng04,

    Exactly. Regardless of the fact that I don’t see this working out all that well, i think Rexy’s wording of Tebow getting 20 snaps meant “on the field for 20 plays” (which granted still seems high) moreso than “20 snaps under center or in shotgun as QB”.

  34. btowngetsdown says: Mar 28, 2012 11:22 AM

    Without LdT this year, there are going to be some carries/touches that are up for grabs. So, maybe rather than have Sanchez on the field to just hand the ball off to a running back, Sanchez will come out of the game and the ball will go directly to Tebow (a back/qb).

    I do not see why that is such a huge deal. If the Jets got a new running back, would everyone be crying that this back is going to take away Sanchez’s passing opportunities. NO.

  35. snoopyjoecool says: Mar 28, 2012 11:26 AM

    Quick glance only but didn’t most of these teams lose their starters to injury? or had a backup in for a couple of games? So you’re telling us Sanchez is better than the backup QBs these teams had to throw in.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    For the record, Mark Sanchez quaterback rating in 2011 was better than the following quaterbacks of the follwoing NFL teams:

    Bengals
    Eagles
    Redskins
    Niners
    Seahwaks
    Raiders
    Browns
    Dolphins
    Texans
    Bears
    Jaguars
    Rams
    Cardinals
    Vikings
    Broncos
    Chiefs
    Colts

    Just to mention a few!

    So, enough of these posts about Sanchez NOT being a good quaterback!

  36. patsfiend says: Mar 28, 2012 11:27 AM

    I don’t think I’ve ever been more hyped for an NFL season to start, regardless of how this turns out… and I felt the same way last year.

    We’ve all been bouncing from one issue to another (trades, free agents, Manning, bounties, Tebow… now coming up the draft, etc.) It’s like the season never even ended.

    The NFL is doing a lot of things right.

  37. kokomike says: Mar 28, 2012 11:29 AM

    When Tebow’s missionary NFL career is over, he will have played 5 positions for about 10 teams and maybe 15 coaches.

    Sanchez will just take the money for the short term, since it will extend his own NFL career.

    Ultimately, the Jets will have to get rid of both of them, because it is going to get ugly.

  38. cantwait01 says: Mar 28, 2012 11:29 AM

    I f the jets use tebow like they did Brad Smith it should work out ok. The bills took brad and are paying him alot more than the Jets are paying tebow!

  39. omegalh says: Mar 28, 2012 11:51 AM

    Factiod: The Jets now that 2 of the top 3 leaders in QB rushing TDs last season.

    Sanchez combined for 32 total TDs last season (passing + rushing).

    His downfall has always been completion percentage. It kills his Y/A and passer rating. This keeps other teams in games. Needs to make the magic 60+ this season.

    Also, 8-8 isn’t a bad record. It just isn’t playoffs.

  40. randomguy9999 says: Mar 28, 2012 11:58 AM

    prepare for many stuffed Tebow wildcat plays….

    unless he starts taking contact and breaking tackles like Ricky…. which isn’t gonna ever happen..

    this dual QB thing is going to be the end of Sanchez, Ryan, and possibly Tebow too….

  41. lollygagger8 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:57 PM

    Sanchez must have really ugly feet

  42. juggernaut60 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:58 PM

    All you Jet hatters you gotta understand that this is a multi billion dollar Industry and the Jets are just trying to keep the assets flowing.

  43. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 28, 2012 4:10 PM

    I actually feel bad for Sanchez. He’s had to deal with a bad offensive coordinator, a head coach who prefers to win games 10-3, diva wide receivers (Edwards, Plaxico, Holmes) and the worst fan base in the NFL. Now the “God Squad” is coming his way. He should have begged Drew Stanton to take him to Indy with him.

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