A few weeks ago a rumor emerged that New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow might request a trade at the end of the season if he doesn’t become the starting quarterback.
During an interview with CNBC on Wednesday morning, Jets owner Woody Johnson was asked if quarterback Tim Tebow will be with the Jets after this season.
“Are we going to keep Tebow? Absolutely,” Johnson said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “He’ll be with us for three years, and he’ll be a real asset in terms of helping us win games.”
Johnson was asked if Jets head coach Rex Ryan or himself are wavering at all in their support of starting quarterback Mark Sanchez.
“No. No. There will never be,” replied Johnson.
“No matter what?” Johnson was then asked.
“Never is a long, long time period,” he said. “But I see the same things in Mark Sanchez that I saw when I first met him [in 2009]. He’s still a young quarterback. This is probably the most difficult position athletically and mentally that there is in all of sports. Everybody’s trying to deceive you and the other guys trying to get at you, and it’s a hurried environment.”
Johnson isn’t worried about Sanchez’s numbers.
“We think he’s that good,” Johnson said. “I wouldn’t look at the numbers too seriously, 31 or 28. A quarterback’s job ultimately is to win games and Mark Sanchez has proven he can. Like he pulled out a game a few weeks ago at the last couple of minutes when we played Miami. That was an ugly game in many respects, but we pulled it out.”
I know that Sanchez’s struggles aren’t all on him because of how poorly the Jets have played as a team and the fact that they lack depth in many key positions on their team.