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Teammates rip Tim Tebow, per report
It’s déjà vu all over again in Florham Park – except this time, it isn’t quarterback Mark Sanchez fielding the brunt of attacks.
It’s his backup Tim Tebow.
More than 12 Jets players and members of the organization ripped the seldom-used quarterback anonymously in the Daily News.
Unlike owner Woody Johnson – who said a few months ago “I don’t think you can ever have enough Tebow” – the general consensus of the article is that Jets players don’t view Tebow as a quarterback at all.
One “defensive starter” was quoted as saying “He’s terrible.” There was one player who didn’t mind putting his name to his feelings: Matt Slauson.
The left guard – who told Newsday last month that the read option offense, which Tebow excels in, is “not an option” for the Jets – said Sanchez is by far the better quarterback.
“It’s not even close,” Slauson said in the article published Wednesday. “All the other quarterbacks know it. I have all the confidence in Mark. We don’t really have a choice. We have Greg … and we have an athlete.”
The article states a “veteran starter” reportedly shook his head when asked if the Jets could win with Tebow as their No. 1 QB. “Do I have to answer that question?” the player asked.
Another anonymous “starter” labeled Tebow as just “the Wildcat guy.”
The more troubling quotes come from people outside of the locker room. “A Jets official” gave Sanchez a pass for his abysmal completion percentage (52 percent), saying: “Look at some of the players he’s throwing to. It’s garbage.”
A “Jets source” added, “I’ve seen better receiving corps in college than we have on our team.”
Wasn’t it just a few days ago that Rex Ryan said the Jets were “all in”?
At a team charity event Tuesday, linebacker Bart Scott said the Jets are still “a family.” Safety Yeremiah Bell, who also was in attendance, said Ryan still has control of his team.
“He’s definitely not losing the locker room,” Bell said. “We’ve got a lot of great guys and we’re going to stay together. We’ve got some good leaders. We know if things start to kind of crack a little bit and you get guys cracking here and there, you know it’s going to make for a bad team. We don’t have those types of players in our locker room.”