The New York Jets have taken their defense of quarterback Mark Sanchez to a whole new level, throwing teammate Tim Tebow under the bus.
In a revealing article in the New York Daily News, various players from the Jets’ verbally attacked the team’s backup quarterback.
“He’s terrible,” a defensive starter said of Tebow.
With the team struggling with a 3-6 record, Jets’ players are shifting the blame away from Sanchez, who has a league-low 52% completion rate, and instead putting the focus on the ongoing debate over who should be the team’s starting quarterback.
According to an undisclosed Jet’s player, “nobody” wants Tebow as the starting quarterback.
Even though coach Rex Ryan has publicly supported Sanchez, constant public scrutiny on the team’s performance has caused some to question this decision.
While it is expected that Sanchez’s teammates would defend their team’s leader, their very critical reviews of Tebow seem to some as more personal than professional.
When asked about who should fill the quarterback role for the Jets, Left guard Matt Slauson said the choice was clear.
“I have all the confidence in Mark,” said Slauson. “We don’t really have a choice.”
Asked by the Daily News as to what he thinks of the team’s two other quarterbacks, Tebow and Greg McElroy, Slauson’s response echoed his teammates sentiments.
“We have Greg . . . and we have an athlete,” Slauson said.
Referencing Tebow’s comeback season last year as the quarterback for the Denver Broncos, one Jets’ organization member made a religious quip at the highly publicized athlete.
“Now we’re depending on miracles?” the member said. “You can’t play that way.”