More impressive than the Jets offense this offseason has been the grace with which quarterback Mark Sanchez has handled the arrival of Tim Tebow.
But that might not have always been the case.
Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who spent the offseason trying to mend a relationship with his quarterback, said Sanchez was “rattled,” at first by the move.
“I think since Day 1 it was a focus that kind of rattled him a little,” Holmes said, via Brian Costello of the New York Post.
Holmes said Sanchez’s reaction in March was: “Wow, how did this happen?”
“Those were words that came out of his mouth,” Holmes said. “He talked to me and I basically told him that this is his team. [I said] ‘You’re the starting quarterback. Tebow’s here to help.’ ”
Holmes said after spending time with Sanchez this offseason, he can see more of a focus in his quarterback.
And the apparent ease with which Sanchez has handled the circus that came to town with his backup has been impressive as well. Even as owner Woody Johnson said: “you can never have too much Tebow,” Sanchez hasn’t wavered.
“Selling seats, man. Selling seats,” Sanchez said Wednesday when asked about the owner’s comment.
“Tim helps us,” Sanchez continued. “He really does. He can run it. He can throw it. Hopefully, we’ll give teams their fair share of Tebow and see what they can do.”
We’ll find out Sunday what kind of grip Sanchez actually has on his offense, and his team, and whether Tebow is going to become anything more than a sideshow.