Mark Sanchez denies that he was “rattled” by Tim Tebow trade

By Jeffrey Beall

A couple of days ago, New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes came out and stated that quarterback Mark Sanchez was rattled when Tim Tebow was acquired in the offseason.

Sanchez went on the radio and told Larry Hardesty of ESPN New York 98.7-FM that Holmes made everything seem more dramatic than it really was.

“I think (Holmes) made it a little more dramatic. When you read it in the paper, it sounds like a Lifetime movie script or something, (like) he’s talking me off the ledge or something like that,” Sanchez told Hardesty per ESPN.com. “Anybody in that situation would have a couple of questions about a trade like that. But as soon as I talked to the team, I really started to understand that (Tebow) is an addition, he’s not changing anything. He’s here to help us.

“I’m the starting quarterback. It’s nice to know that for your confidence, but at the same time, nothing was going to change how I came into the season, mentally and physically. I’ve said it before: Whether it was Peyton Manning or Tim Tebow, it didn’t really matter. I was going to play and I plan on playing well.”

I don’t believe for one minute that Sanchez hasn’t been “rattled” or at least worried about his job to some degree, since Tebow took over for the Broncos when Kyle Orton struggled last season.  The same thing could happen in New York this season.