Last year, the Jets were a divided locker room, and that was a bad thing. This year, one Jets player says the presence of quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez will make the Jets essentially two separate teams, but he means that in a good way.
Jets guard Matt Slauson told the New York Post that although Tebow and Sanchez are both ostensibly quarterbacks, their roles will be so different that opposing defenses will need to prepare as if they were facing two different offenses. Tebow will run a Wildcat offense, and Sanchez will run a more prototypical NFL offense.
“It’s like we’re going to be two separate teams, but as far as I know, Mark is still going to be our guy,” Slauson said.
The Jets have insisted over and over and over again that Sanchez is the Jets’ guy, but the question is whether he can play well enough to remain the Jets’ guy. Slauson says he can.
“I think you guys will be really surprised by what Mark is going to do this year,” Slauson said. “I really think the way we’re going to be running things plays right into Mark’s strengths. It’ll be very similar to what we did Rex [Ryan’s] first two years, very much a style like that: heavy run, heavy play-action and whipping out a deep ball every now and then. That’s all stuff Mark does really, really well.”
Sanchez will have to do all that stuff really, really well, or else the Jets will transition from two separate teams to one team led by Tebow.