With all the talk about when/if the Jets will switch from quarterback Mark Sanchez to quarterback Tim Tebow, a fairly important constituency has been overlooked.
The other players on the team.
One of them, guard Matt Slauson, says that the idea of a change in quarterbacks and the offensive overhaul resulting from it won’t work.
“That isn’t our offense,” Slauson said, per Bob Glauber of Newsday. “I have no idea what we’d have to do. But to us in this room, that option is not an option.”
Slauson said that’s not a slap against Tebow. “I like Tim and he’s a hell of a player,” Slauson said. “But Mark is our quarterback. No. 6 is our guy. . . .
“He’s a conventional quarterback, he’s extremely smart, he can throw it extremely well, and that’s just what our offense is built around.”
The real question is whether Slauson’s comments were intended for the media, or whether it’s a broader message to the guy who has the ultimate ability to tell the coaching staff to set their clocks to Tebow time: owner Woody Johnson.
Regardless, unless Sanchez starts playing better and until the Jets win games, the criticism will continue and the pressure will mount.
Maybe, in the end, that’s the best way to get the most out of Sanchez, who seems to be at his best when there’s a genuine sense of urgency.