Not at all unusual, coach Rex Ryan says. Nothing to read into it.
Ryan explained that if a current Jet “has a history” with a player, there might be discussion about adding that player to New York’s roster. That was the case when the Jets drafted running back Joe McKnight, a former teammate of Sanchez at Southern Cal.
The closest interaction Sanchez has had with Tebow was when he hosted Tebow on a recruiting visit at USC.
“You don’t focus on one individual. That’s not what’s in the best interest of the team. I see quarterback as being a different (position), but there are three factors when making any decision: team, team and team.”
On Monday, Sanchez also said he had no expectation of being consulted about the move.
“It’s not their job to ask me either, or run it by me,” he said. “That’s not my job.”
His job is starting quarterback, although the number of snaps he takes from center Nick Mangold will decrease in 2012, perhaps significantly.
Ryan’s plan, implemented by former Dolphins coach Tony Sparano _ a mastermind of the wildcat offense, Ryan insisted _ will call for anywhere up to 20 plays with Tebow at quarterback. That’s a lot of plays fourth-year QB Sanchez, with his three-year contract extension, won’t be handling the ball.
Ryan claims he’s not troubled by that dynamic, or anything else about adding more drama to a team that might lead the league in headlines, particularly negative ones.
But Sanchez didn’t progress last season after leading the Jets to the AFC title game in each of his first two years as a pro. Plus, there was turmoil in the locker room, with Sanchez as one of the focal points.
Now add Tebow, among the most popular players in sports, but also a polarizing figure because of his strong religious beliefs. While Ryan sees the potential for distraction and a quarterback controversy, he appears comfortable with the setup the Jets have created.