Players on the 3-6 New York Jets apparently aren’t enthusiastic about the idea of inserting backup quarterback Tim Tebow into the starting lineup instead of underperforming starter Mark Sanchez. Supposedly, “nobody” on the Jets wants the former University of Florida star to be the team’s signal caller.
Sanchez has a completion rate of 52 percent, which is the lowest in the NFL, and has thrown four red-zone interceptions, which also leads the league.
Tebow, however, has gotten very little playing time this season with the Jets even though the team has been tanking.
According to the New York Daily News, Tebow’s teammates — on and off the record — want Tebow to stay on the bench despite Sanchez’s woes:
“More than a dozen Jets players and members of the organization painted a sobering picture of the player who rallied the Broncos to the playoffs last season. In their eyes, he’s simply not very good …
“ ‘He’s terrible,’ a defensive starter told the Daily News.”
Jets players on both sides of the ball reportedly claim that Tim Tebow has not improved his skills since Denver traded him to the Jets last March and that he is a “gimmick” player.
Jets left guard Matt Slauson said, according to the Daily News, that the Jets have only one other quarterback on the roster, that being Greg McElroy. He referred to Tebow as “an athlete.” Another starter, unnamed, indicated that the team doesn’t regard Tebow as a quarterback and instead is “the Wildcat guy.”
Former Jets QB Joe Namath, who has already stated that that Tebow isn’t talented enough to start on an NFL team, last week accused the Jets of acquiring Tebow merely to grab headlines.
Do you think that Tim Tebow should get more playing time with Jets or is he just not up to the job of starting NFL quarterback? Did the Jets trade for Tim Tebow merely as a publicity stunt?