Tebow and Sanchez looking bemused.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Sanchez believes Tebow's addition didn't help:
“I just don't know if it was the best situation for either of us,” Sanchez said of playing amid Tebowmania on Fox Sports Radio’s “Petros and Money” show this week.
Now, Sanchez, once believed to be the franchise quarterback, intimated that the Jets practically invited the bearded ladies, trapeze artists and clowns themselves to fuel the Tebow hysteria.
“Well, I think part of that, too, is ESPN didn’t necessarily sneak in overnight at our training camp,” Sanchez said. “They had to get permission to go. You can avoid that stuff on your own if you like, in my opinion, but he’s a popular guy and people gravitate towards the guy.
Obviously the quarterback situation didn't pan out. That's a given regarding the atrocious play from all of New York's signal-callers.
Exclude Tebow from the picture for a minute, though.
Sanchez saw the majority of the playing time and managed to significantly regress compared to his 2011 campaign. He tossed for 3,474 yards and 26 touchdowns that year, each of which were career-highs.
Clearly more was expected in 2012, especially considering that Sanchez threw 18 picks and fumbled 14 times. Factor in a 54.3 completion percentage, and it wasn't surprising to see Gang Green miss out on the playoffs.
In short, Sanchez struggled with consistency and had multiple games with multiple turnovers. No matter how dominant a ground game is to set up the pass, no offense will move the rock with lackluster quarterback play.
Will the Jets make another postseason appearance under Rex Ryan?
Tebow's presence was not the issue, nor should he be considered an on-field distraction when Sanchez took the mass majority of the snaps.
The Jets' starter simply didn't get the job done: That's the biggest situation for coach Rex Ryan and Co.
Sanchez displayed minimal development through 2009 and 2010, as well as some during 2011. At the same time, though, New York backed him with one of pro football's best rushing attacks and overall defenses.
He didn't have that in 2012 and Sanchez had to take on a greater production role. When that failed, Gang Green's playoff hopes followed suit.
All that remains now is what the Jets plan to do moving forward regarding Tebow and the 2013 NFL draft.