Jets Nation: Come Together For Our Quarterbacks
By Alan Schechter
Ever since the arrival of Tim Tebow, there has been a whole lot of discussion about him and Mark Sanchez. We all, I think, wondered what the Jets were thinking bringing this guy in. OK, some of us more than others, myself included, wondered aloud that very thought. Why bring in a guy like Tebow, that is going to have such a huge fan base, and put too much pressure on Mark Sanchez? You are going to have fans that want Tebow in the game, no matter what it takes to get him there.
The debate raged on through the analysts and pundits. Is the “fix” already in, and is Tebow going to be the starter? Do the Jets want him to eventually succeed Mark Sanchez? Will Mark Sanchez hold onto this job?
And there have been the supporters of Mark as well. Those in his camp have talked about how he has assumed a much stronger leadership role with this team. He has worked out during the offseason much more than in the past, and it has shown. His passes have had a bit more mustard on them, and the stats show greater efficiency as well. He will keep a firm hold on the job, the Sanchez experts say.
But now, it has spilled over to the fans, and that is what needs to stop. Turn the page for more.
If you watch the Twitter timeline of any hardcore Jets fan, you see the debate raging on back and forth. You have the Tebow fans talking about how is spirit is great, and no matter how things have gone, he is the guy to lead this team. He is the better leader, and should be the guy, they say. They tell the Sanchez fans that they only make excuses for Sanchez’s bad plays, and take Tebow to task for his problems.
Then you have the Sanchez team, who feels that Tebow shouldn’t be on the team. You all know how I feel, so I am not only passing blame, I am taking it. The Sanchez supporters feel that Tebow is not a legitimate NFL QB, and has no business on this roster.
Whether we like it or not, ladies and gentlemen, they are both on the team. Mark Sanchez is the starting QB, and Tim Tebow is the backup/wildcat QB. The season is less than two weeks away. Neither of these two guys are leaving the roster.
It’s time for us to come together and support both of these guys. It’s the only way for us to handle it. We have seen what a fractured locker room can do to the team, do we need a fractured fanbase as well? Absolutely not.
So I call upon all of us, to support both of these guys. @JETSerious started a hashtag on Twitter, #team615, to symbolize both guys. Great idea. Sanchez team, we need to support Tim when he comes in the game. Let’s do our best to focus on what he brings to the table instead of his shortcomings. Tim Tebow fans, we know you love your guy. But you need to understand that this team has two quarterbacks, and Tim is not the starter. Don’t go overboard either with your guy, saying he should be the starter.
Fact is, Sanchez is the starter, and Tebow is the backup/wildcat. It’s time for us as a fanbase to support them both.
#Team615 all the way. Let’s go Jets