Tebow says he’s not rooting for Sanchez to get benched


If Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez plays well this year, Tim Tebow won’t get a chance to start. So does that mean Tebow is rooting for Sanchez to fail, and get benched?

Not according to Tebow, who unsurprisingly says he wants Sanchez to do well, even if that means Tebow remains a backup.

“We have a great relationship, on and off the field,” Tebow said of Sanchez, via GatorZone.com. “It’s really very easy to say I am rooting for him. I will not root against him. I wish him nothing but the best. Now, that doesn’t mean I have to try any less, but I really think he’s done a great job. They’ve been in the AFC Championship Game twice he’s been there. He’s a good quarterback and he’ll continue to work hard and be the best he can.”

Tebow does want to become a starting quarterback again, but he said he believes he has to get better at “everything” about playing quarterback in the NFL.

“I think understanding offense very well, that’ll be a key. And just continuing to work on fundamentals,” Tebow said. “My biggest weakness has probably been fundamentals. The offense we ran at Florida, I had great fundamentals for that, with my feet. Now, being under center, play-action, seven-step drops, being in the pocket, it’s different. The great quarterbacks aren’t necessarily super-athletic, but they have great rhythm and timing because of their feet. . . . Sometimes I want to go so fast, so having rhythm and timing is something I need to work on every day.”

Anyone who’s watched Tebow would agree that he has to get better as a passer. But it might take only a bad game or two early in the season for the Jets’ coaches to decide that Tebow is already a better quarterback than Sanchez.

42 responses to “Tebow says he’s not rooting for Sanchez to get benched

  1. “Anyone who’s watched Tebow would agree that he has to get better as a passer. But it might take only a bad game or two early in the season for the Jets’ coaches to decide that Tebow is already a better quarterback than Sanchez.”

    As bad as Sanchez is, how is Tebow any better?

    They both stink, bad.

  2. Everyone knows Tebow will be starting by week 5. The whole reason why they got Tebow was for publicity. Plus, its the Jets. If they aren’t blowing up the media then hell will freeze over.

  3. I was begining to wonder why we havent seen a tebow article. Glad we wont have to panic anymore.

  4. Tebow knows he has to get better long term. He’s more concerned with how he is playing rather than how Sanchez is playing.

  5. He’s not routing for him to play poorly just maybe a high ankle sprain ot some other injury to keep him off the field.

  6. I believe Tebow’s main issue is he has to see the receiver open in order to throw the ball. He greatly lacks anticipation of where he needs to go and seems to not understand what he is seeing from the D pre-snap. If he can fix that and is footwork then he could be a force in this league. But those are some big ifs that he has to fix.

  7. His rationale for saying thats not a lie is probably this: “No, I’m not rooting for him to get benched and hand me the job, I am just going to beat him and take it.”

  8. “My biggest weakness has probably been fundamentals”

    Well yeah only if you consider being able to throw the ball and actually complete the pass to the receiver that you’re trying to throw to a fundamental….

  9. Ok so now TT has come out backing the guy ahead of him after taking criticism for not doing that in Denver. How will those critics who are simply people who dislike everything about him because of his openly religious stance bash him for this? Pretty sure they’ll find way. Wonder how many of them backed the brothers who are of a different religion taking a hiatus from their jobs for it?
    I follow no religion (and I’m a Pats fan so hate the Jets), so I just look at it as a case study in hypocrisy.

  10. No, he’s just not publicly rooting for Sanchez’s benching.

    Skip Bayless and other Tebow fans (including those in the media) are implicitly rooting for it when they don’t objectively see the positives in Sanchez.

    Personality never should be equated to talent!!!

    The number of well-executed plays should!!!

  11. Is this the same Tebow who did not utter a word when bill boards were erected in Denver demanding that Orton be benched? The same Tebow who was fined by his own team mates for not speaking out against those signs?

  12. Of course, HE’s not (wink, wink) but he just reminded all his crazy fans what they are supposed to do, just like at UF and in Denver. Just ask Chris Leak and Kyle Orton what its like.

    Mr. passive-agressive won’t change, he’s all about Tebow

  13. I hope the defense can average 12 points a game because this offense is going to be its downfall. JaMARKus Sanchez showed the world what he is made of last year. So did Tebow. And neither one was worth writing home about.

  14. Lol who cares if he wants the starting job. They get a long, I would always want the second place guy to want to start. If you do not bread competition then you are not getting maximum potential.

  15. The Jets are poised to go down in flames this season and Tim Tebow isn’t the guy to stop it. This team is full of selfish “me” players and lead by a coach more interested in getting laughs at his press conferences than winning. The AFC East will be much better this season with the Bills and Fins inproving and the Pats continuing to be a 11-12 win team. I predict the Jets finish 6-10 and Ryan, Tebow, and the GM will all be gone in 2013.

  16. CKL:

    And why do people like you overlook all the other openly religious people in the NFL (and in sports and entertainment in general) to focus ONLY on Tebow? That’s the funny thing. The NFL is full of overt Christians. It is the Tebow fans who pretend as if Tebow is the only one, and that allows Tebow fans to pretend as if Tebow’s criticisms are due to his religion and not his play.

    It is funny … a lot of the Tebow fans backed Rush Limbaugh when he went after Donovan McNabb, and McNabb used to lead the Philadelphia Eagles’ team Bible study.

  17. I like tebow, and usually root for him. But could we get an update per day, covering the other 29 backups in the league, over the next 29 days perhaps. That would be fantastic, thank you so much.

  18. So sick of this already. 8-8 at VERY best. 2 terrible QB’s, no run game, elederly defense kicking in, coach who still thinks he has 3 rings and onto his 4th this year.

    The jets are a complete media madness joke, aquiring Tebow was obviously gas to that media fire already present.

    I watched Tebow last year, pretty closely. He had some magical moments I will admit. Magical. But he got fumbles and missed FG’s and fumbled snaps and all kinds of stuff that was magical. As a QB, a player of the position myself …….

    Kid is less accurate than JaMarcus Russell, by about 6-8% less accurate.

    Can’t go through his reads.

    Long wind-up.

    BUT he had his magical moments. good for him.

    I will admit he is good for the NFL, but he is an awful QB.

  19. Of course he isn’t rooting for Sanchez to get benched.

    He’s rooting for him to get cut. LOL

    I actually have some sympathy for some of the Jets fans. This situation has all the makings of another disaster.

  20. orsondunlap says:
    Jun 25, 2012 1:24 PM

    It is funny … a lot of the Tebow fans backed Rush Limbaugh when he went after Donovan McNabb, and McNabb used to lead the Philadelphia Eagles’ team Bible study


    Umm i’m pretty sure absolutely no one backed rush limbaugh when he attacked donovan mcnabb and his supposed racial issue in the NFL…which is why the nfl refuses to associate itself with him since he got fired right after that

  21. So I googled these guys, and it turns out there is some sort of football team called the “N.Y. Jets” practicing and sometimes even playing at the N.Y. Giants’ stadium. Moreover, they apparently utilize a revolutionary formation incorporating two QBs. Is this some sort of experimental farm team the NFL has created for testing rule changes, or for possible league expansion? Frankly, with all the other drama going on I hope this “N.Y. Jets” thing does not catch on.

  22. Shouldn’t tebow be working with the o-line on his blocking fundamentals instead of passing? I mean, he is the leaques most celebrated punt protector after all.

  23. @orsondunlap:
    I was speaking of how people who hate Tebow solely for his religious beliefs criticize everything about him, and cited the billboard thing as an example. That has nothing to do with his play, so I’m not sure how your point applies to what I was saying. There are, as you point out, lots of guys who are also religious and in my opinion have said and done things even more in that vein than Tebow, but they don’t get the praise…OR the criticism.

    Tebow does have a segment of his fans who are a little out there, no doubt about it. But I would say they aren’t football fans, they’re fans of his persona. The problem is the Jets seem to love this aspect of him as they openly court those people by having him give that big deal presser when he came to town, etc. That’s why I am skeptical of their mantra that this is a “football only” move. I think it’s a “fooball..also” move.

  24. I could not care less one way or another about the Jets. Just as a football fan I want to see Tebow play. He’s sure a lot more entertaining than Sanchez.

  25. of course he wants him on the field, if Sanchez gets benched Tebow will actually have to play and people may not love him so much then.

  26. Hmmm; I haven’t seen a quote from Sanchez yet stating that he and Tim have this ” great relationship” on and off the field.

  27. 1) Okay, we’re giving Tebow “credit” for not rooting against a teammate?? Are you kidding? He deserves a Christian medal for just doing what sports teammates are supposed to do? What’s next, an award for NOT robbing a liquor store in Queens?

    2) Tebow is ready to take over for Sanchez now? Uh, did you WATCH any of Timmy’s last 5 games once the NFL figured out his little one-trick pony act?

    Good Lord (sorry Tim), he was getting worse in his last five games, going just 1-4. Who in the wide, wide world of sports really thinks he’ll suddenly be good by moving to NY?

  28. Nah, but he did ask God to strike him dead with a lightning bolt from heaven.

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