The Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow soap opera just keeps on giving.
Each of the two quarterbacks have enlisted the services of a QB coach this offseason in order to improve their skills. Sanchez turned to former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia, while Tebow took on independent coach Steve Clarkson.
First, Garcia took a shot at Tebow, stating that it was time for the “circus show” to leave town. Following his comments, Clarkson fired back that Sanchez is a “fragile-minded quarterback.”
Now, it’s time for Sanchez to speak his mind on the matter. The much-maligned quarterback spoke with Fox Sports Radio’s Petros and Money Show on Thursday (via SportsRadioInterviews.com), stating that he believes the NY Jets brought the distraction upon themselves.
“Well, I think part of that, too, is ESPN didn’t necessarily sneak in overnight at our training camp. They had to get permission to go. You can avoid that stuff on your own if you like, in my opinion, but (Tebow’s) a popular guy and people gravitate towards the guy. He’s a special person and a heck of a competitor, so people want to know what’s going on, but that’s all I got on that.”
Sanchez went on to explain that it’s a players responsibility to tune out the extra noise and that the two have a good relationship.
“It’s up to us to eliminate outside distractions, whether it’s about Tebow in the media or just anyone on the outside or anybody’s expectations and really just focusing on us and really trying to get the best of each other.”
“It’s cool. We’re good,” Sanchez said. “He’s a nice guy. He works hard and that’s good. It’s honestly, after the shock of the whole thing, was something you were going to have to deal with. I’m dealing with it the best way I can and trying to stay positive about the whole thing, and I think it’s not on my mind. I’m concerned right now with learning a new system and being the best quarterback I can be, and hopefully that helps the team.”
Most believe that Tebow’s presence on the Jets’ roster is winding down. The organization is likely going to unload the backup quarterback sooner rather than later.
For the sake of both players, hopefully the drama subsides so they can focus on the future of their careers.