NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – After Sunday’s ugly 28-7 loss in Seattle, all indications pointed at a long, long week for Jets starter Mark Sanchez.
But instead, with the calls for a change at quarterback as loud as ever, it’s Tim Tebow who has suddenly found himself on the hot seat.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll labeled him as a “distraction” on Monday. The following day, Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw called New York’s acquisition a “huge mistake” on WFAN radio, saying Tebow brings “chaos” and “just can’t play.”
Sure, Sanchez has taken his fair share of lumps. But you could argue the Tebow talk has been just as bad, if not worse.
And now it’s coming straight from the Jets’ locker room.
“He’s terrible,” an unnamed starting defensive player told the New York Daily News.
Daily News reporter Manish Mehta spoke with over “a dozen Jets players and members of the organization,” and said the general feeling “is that Tebow is nothing more than a gimmick.”
“We can’t win running that s—,” an anonymous player said of a Tebow-led offense.
One teammate even said “nobody” wants Tebow to start under center.
After last season, several unnamed players and members of the Jets organization ripped Sanchez for his performance and work ethic to the Daily News.
This time, with Tebow on the receiving end, it wasn’t all anonymous. Jets guard Matt Slauson said when it comes to the current situation at quarterback, the team doesn’t “really have a choice.”
“We have (third-stringer) Greg (McElroy) … and we have an athlete,” Slauson told the paper.
It was an ugly read. One player said you can’t depend on “miracles,” referring to Tebow’s stunning stretch with Denver last season. A “prominent member” of the Jets organization said for there to be a change, Sanchez would have to “totally just s— the bed and become unglued.”
The Jets’ receiving corps also got blasted. One Jets source suggested to the Daily News that Sanchez’s targets don’t compare even to the personnel on some college teams.
“It’s garbage,” said another.
WFAN co-host Boomer Esiason, who has been critical of Tebow’s play from the get-go, said Wednesday that the backup just doesn’t have the skill set to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Tebow will surely be asked about the rip job. Will it be more vintage Tim?
It’s just another day in Florham Park.
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