We’ll all go insane if we scrutinize every Jets practice all summer long for any sign of Mark Sanchez strengthening his grip on the starting quarterback job or of Tim Tebow taking the job away. But after a day of Organized Team Activities at which Sanchez seemed to have the lead over Tebow, both Sanchez and Tebow talked like men who want to compete this summer.
“Absolutely, it had a competitive vibe,” Tebow said of today’s practice. “It was a lot of fun. I feel like we have a very good pace – getting in and out of the huddle and getting a lot of plays off which is something that coach Sparano stresses. So we want to have a good tempo. I feel like we were very competitive. We were trying to make plays – trying to execute. A lot of guys are learning the offense for the first time. It is understandable if some of the different flaws or mistakes or mental errors here and there because it is the first time a lot of us have ever run these plays. It will constantly just get better every time.”
Sanchez said he puts more pressure on himself than Tebow could put on him, but he too said he sees the value in competition.
“Everybody’s demeanor today was competitive,” Sanchez said. “It was good to see that vibe and talking to guys, guys were pushing and competing to the very last second with everything they have and then they pull up at the last second to protect the other guy on the other side of the ball. So that’s good. I think we have great competition going on offense and defense, it’s good for us.”
Sanchez’s agent, Brian Murphy, may have been the most competitive person of all, writing on Twitter that the media members who are writing about the competition are being silly because it’s obviously a competition that Sanchez will win.
“No offense media, but of course Sanchez is going to out perform Tim T,” Murphy wrote. “Mark is a franchise quarterback and Tim is a great athlete.”
No word yet on whether Tebow’s agent will get into the competition as well.