Friday, April 12, 2013

Garcia states obvious about Sanchez-Tebow fiasco


As far as on-field production was concerned, nothing good came out of the Tim Tebow sideshow in New York.

Nothing good will come out of it in the future, either.

Former NFL quarterback and four-time Pro Bowler Jeff Garcia, who is mentoring New York Jets signal-caller Mark Sanchez as he prepares to run new offensive coordinator Marty Morninweg's offense, thinks it's time for the Jets to get rid of the "artificial competition" Tebow provides. (photo: Nick St. Denis)

"If there's going to be competition at the position, it's not going to come from Tim Tebow," Garcia told USA TODAY Sports Thursday.

The Jets signed veteran David Garrard to compete with Sanchez for the starting gig in 2013, and they still have Greg McElroy on the roster. New York could also go quarterback in the early-to-mid part of the draft.

Either way, there's no spot for Tebow. Sanchez was historically bad last season, but Gang Green's leadership did everything it could to prevent Tebow from taking starting snaps in a season gone south.

"Having Tebow there (last season) just became more of a distraction, more of a circus show," Garcia said. "Obviously, it's their decision. But from an outsider looking in, having Tebow there doesn't bring anything positive. It just brings distraction."

"... "And it's not fair to Tim to put him through all that. If there's a place for Tim that gives him a chance to be a contributor in an offense with another team, let him go be that guy."

Garcia said Sanchez "did a great job of really getting into the playbook" during Garcia's work with the maligned 26-year-old, lauding his "determination" to prove himself.

That's fine and dandy, but Sanchez will need to do it on the field in a last-gasp effort to salvage his career in New York, or he'll be on his way out shortly after Tebow.

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