Jets' Tebow unsure if he'll ever be starting QB
Published: Friday, March 30, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 12:11 a.m.
NEW YORK — If Tim Tebow has his sights set on Mark Sanchez's job, the New York Jets backup quarterback is keeping it to himself.
Tebow told 1050 ESPN Radio on Friday that he's “not sure” if he'll ever be a starting quarterback again, and that thought doesn't even concern him right now.
“I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future,” Tebow said, referring to his strong Christian faith. “That's something that has always given me peace and comfort. That's why I don't have to worry about the future. I can just worry about today and worry about becoming better as a football player and a person.”
Tebow was acquired from Denver in a trade on March 21 and introduced Monday at a news conference that included over 200 media. He said his only plan is to help his new team win games and “be the best quarterback, best teammate, best football player I can be and just be someone that adds something to that locker room.”
Coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum have repeatedly said Sanchez is the unquestioned starter, with Tebow serving as the backup but having a significant role in the offense. Tebow has chosen his words carefully since arriving in New York, staying away from anything that could stir controversy.
He compared this situation to when he was a freshman at the University of Florida and backed up Chris Leak while seeing occasional snaps.
“Ultimately, it ended with a lot of success,” Tebow said, “us winning a national championship.”
Tebow said he has met several of his new Jets teammates, including Bart Scott, Matt Slauson and D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and has spoken to Sanchez on the phone. He even defended Antonio Cromartie, who said on Twitter that he was against the trade for Tebow before it was made.
“It's great because he had his quarterback's back,” Tebow said. “That's what you want. You want guys that are supporting your quarterback. I think that's great, and I commend him for doing that.”