Well, that didn’t take long.
Even as the Jets try to put to rest the circus talk, and even after an impressive win in the opener, it never stops.
Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, citing an unnamed league source, said that Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow could ask for a trade this offseason if he doesn’t become the Jets starter.
“I think he will be a good soldier,” the source told Myers. “At the end of the year, I think he will express those concerns to the Jets. He will want to move on. The one thing about Tebow is he is the quintessential team player. He would never do anything that is going to undermine the team. But he’s football-aholic. It’s in his blood. . . .
“Absolutely he will talk to the Jets or we will have misevaluated his competitive nature,” the source said. “There comes a point, where they get it and realize this is who I am and just accept that role. Tebow is not there yet.”
Aside from the idea that Tebow has great enough value with which to spur a trade ( it only takes one, but fewer and fewer people are going to be willing to take that chance with every pass he throws), there are other problems with that scenario.
Myers opines that Tebow might have preferred New York to his hometown Jaguars because it presented an easier path to get on the field.
The Jaguars have dug in their heels on Blaine Gabbert, and he has shown some degree of improvement.
And that’s good, because Gabbert was dreadful last year.
But the idea that he was on a more secure footing than Sanchez flies in the face of logic. Sure, he’s a year removed from being a first round pick. But many around the league were convinced the Jags were looking around this offseason, and only stuck with Gabbert because they couldn’t find a clear upgrade.
Sanchez has had his problems, and the Jets clearly want to light a fire under him, but he has also played excellent football at the right times. His four road playoff wins aren’t a fluke, so the idea that he’s more vulnerable than a guy who posted a 65.4 rating and a 4-10 record last year in a town where Tebow’s been revered as a God since his high school days seems as ill-targeted as a Tebow pass.