Mark Sanchez might not be the best quarterback in the NFL, but to hear the way New York Jets players talk about Tim Tebow and his quarterbacking skills, Sanchez looks like Joe Montana and John Elway rolled into one convenient-sized package.
According to a report by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, several Jets players and other people in the organization took to the media to rip Tebow's skills as a quarterback—anonymously, of course.
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.
The prevailing thought in the organization is that Tebow is nothing more than a gimmick.
“He’s terrible,” a defensive starter told the Daily News.
One player who did put his name out there was offensive lineman Matt Slauson, who didn't necessarily rip Tebow, but made it clear that Sanchez is the best quarterback for the Jets right now.
"It’s not even close," Slauson said, per Mehta. "All the other quarterbacks know it. I have all the confidence in Mark. We don’t really have a choice."
What Is Worse?
If you want to know why the Jets are falling apart on the field—aside from not having a lot of talent—look no further than this. Players anonymously ripping a teammate through the media is one of the most annoying and gutless things an athlete can do.
Even if you don't think Tebow can play quarterback in the NFL—right now, the only person who believes he can is Skip Bayless—what purpose does it serve to use the media as a device to get that message out there?
Tebow isn't openly campaigning to be the starting quarterback. He shows up, does what is asked of him and plays when his number is called. Even if he isn't very good, at least he isn't a divisive force in the locker room. He isn't ripping Sanchez for being bad at his job.
Sanchez has the worst completion percentage (52.0) in the NFL among starting quarterbacks and has just a 10-9 TD-INT ratio for the 3-6 Jets. He has at least one turnover in seven of the team's nine games.
Despite Sanchez's problems, a "prominent member of the organization" told Mehta that it would take a historically awful performance for Sanchez to lose his job.
All of this talk and all of this backstabbing is very fitting for the Jets this season. Rex Ryan has looked lost for most of the season, so it is only convenient that we get blind statements from people in the organization.
If you are a fan of chaos, disorder and deception, make sure you keep watching the Jets. Just be careful how close you get to this team. They might take all their problems to the media and talk about it anonymously.