New York Jets: Tim Tebow Is Not Rooting for Mark Sanchez to Fail

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJune 25, 2012

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 24:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets works out at an organized team activity at the New York Jets practice facility on May 24, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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One can only assume that if Tim Tebow wants a chance to start for the New York Jets this season, then he's going to have to root for Mark Sanchez to get benched, right? 

Well, not so fast—Tebow isn't rooting for anyone to fail. 

Per, Tebow has came out saying that he's wishing Sanchez "nothing but the best."

“We have a great relationship, on and off the field. 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.”

But what do we expect Tebow to say? He's not the kind of guy that's going to come out publicly and state that he wants Sanchez to get benched. We all know Tebow wants to be a starter again, but he does realize that he still has many areas of his game that he must improve:

“I think understanding offense very well, that’ll be a key. And just continuing to work on fundamentals. 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.”

Despite lacking the ideal fundamentals, Tebow has been a winner at the NFL level. The former Gator has posted an 8-6 record as a starter and led the Denver Broncos to a playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last January. 

There's no doubt Tebow needs to get better as an NFL quarterback, but if there's any offense in the world that he can succeed in, it's Tony Sparano's run-heavy offense. 

We only sit roughly four weeks away from the start of New York's training camp, and come then, who knows what can happen. 

We'll just have to wait and see how Tebow performs and how Sanchez handles the pressure of having someone of Tebow's caliber backing him up. 

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