Jeff Garcia, the man currently trying to turn Mark Sanchez into a respectable starter for the New York Jets, says it’s time for the franchise to move on from Tim Tebow.
Garcia didn’t hold anything back when it came to describing the “circus show” that is Tebow:
“If there’s going to be competition at the position, it’s not going to come from Tim Tebow,” four-time Pro Bowler Garcia told USA TODAY Sports Thursday. “Having Tebow there (last season) just became more of a distraction, more of a circus show. Obviously, it’s their decision. But from an outsider looking in, having Tebow there doesn’t bring anything positive. It just brings distraction.”
“For Mark, the main competition is going to be with David Garrard and Greg McElroy.”
Tebow undoubtedly brings extra attention and media to the franchise, however, it’s not like the “media circus” that surrounded the city of New York prior to his arrival was nonexistent. Even if there was no one backing up Sanchez and he had free reign, the microscope of the Big Apple would still be firmly planted on him.
During the 2012 season, Sanchez completed just 54.3-percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Last time we checked, Tebow wasn’t out on the field waving his arms in the signal caller’s face.
While Tebow may be forced to play the media game, Sanchez has been given every opportunity to play the game on the field. He will once again get that chance in 2013, and with or without Tebow in New York, he is going to have to produce.