Mark Sanchez Sticking By Tebow

Why the embattled Jets starter has nothing but praise for his fellow QB in the early going.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

With their first week of practice together nearly complete, the pairing of former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and current New York Jets starter Mark Sanchez seems to be going well; at least according to Sanchez himself.

In an interview with the New York Post Thursday, Sanchez had nothing but praise to say when asked about having Tebow on the team.

"He's been as advertised, as good of a guy, if not better, than anybody," the fourth-year quarterback said. "So, he's been a great addition so far. I'm thrilled to work with him."

Still entrusted with the starting job, despite a disappointing 2011 season that saw them miss the playoffs for the first time under his leadership, Sanchez will see Tebow steal some snaps as the Jets have made public that they plan to use the former Heisman winner frequently. A move, that so far, seems only to be further fuel for motivation by Sanchez.

"From a competitor standpoint, he's great," Sanchez said. "He's what you want in an offseason program — working hard, competing with the guy in the weight room."

One of the areas that Sanchez is looking to improve on is an area where Tebow excels, which is toughness. Sanchez has put an emphasis on adding muscle in order to absorb more hits and maybe shake off a few in the process.

"This is a big, strong guy, so it's good for me," Sanchez said. "That's been one of my goals this offseason — putting on a little more muscle mass. I've taken a beating during the season. It's been a good transition and Tim's been great."

Whether or not this union of quarterbacks succeeds long term is for time to tell; but for right now, Sanchez is taking the high road and doing everything he can to make what many would see as a slight and turn it into an advantage.

Competition, in it's simplest form, can breed only one of two things: success or failure. It's up to Sanchez which one happens.


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