If you follow the New York Jets at all, you saw how Mark Sanchez melted a bit at the end of the season. When criticism and pressure is behind him, he folds a bit. Is that a flaw in his character? Maybe. But that is not the point. Take the first part of what Mike said yesterday:
“We had a good idea of what we were getting ourselves into,” Tannenbaum said. “Tim’s a pretty unique person with a very unique following.
Really Mike? You knew what you were getting into?
Let’s take that at face value. They knew. OK, so that means they knew that from the minute Tim Tebow came to town, that every media person within a billion miles would be watching his every move. “They knew”, that the media would discuss the daily activities of the backup quarterback, every day. “They knew”, that the biggest story out of a media day would be that Tim Tebow is passionate at lunch time, or that he changed his dogs name from “Bronco” to “Bronx”. “They knew”, that anyone who has a locker room near Tim Tebow would be pinned against their locker due to all the media, while there is plenty of room near Mark Sanchez.
What that means then, is “they knew”, that Mark Sanchez will feel pressure on a daily basis thanks to the Tebow talk. “They knew”, that there will be legions of fans that will be pulling for Mark Sanchez to either underperform, or get hurt, just so their idol Tim Tebow can come into the game. “They knew”, that they brought in a quarterback that if Sanchez throws an incompletion, will hear his name chanted from the legions of Tebow fans.
All previous evidence indicates that Mark Sanchez will not stand up well to that.
In other words, “they knew”, that Mark Sanchez will feel sufficient pressure that will ultimately cause his demise.