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Mark Sanchez says Jets invited the Tim Tebow situation

Quarterbacks Tim Tebow (L) and Mark Sanchez talk

Quarterbacks Tim Tebow (L) and Mark Sanchez talk during pre-game warm ups. (Sept. 9, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Mark Sanchez says the Jets invited the Tim Tebow madness upon themselves by allowing ESPN to set up shop for an entire week in Cortland, N.Y.

"ESPN didn't necessarily sneak in overnight at our training camp," Sanchez said during an L.A. radio station interview Wednesday. "They had to get permission to go. You can avoid that stuff on your own if you like, in my opinion."

Sanchez then acknowledged that Tebow's popularity causes people to "gravitate" toward him. "He's a special person and a heck of a competitor, so people want to know what's going on, but that's all I got on that."

Sanchez said his relationship with Tebow is "good." Nevertheless, Sanchez expressed confusion in the radio interview about the Jets' decision to acquire Tebow.

"It's honestly, after the shock of the whole thing, was something you were going to have to deal with," Sanchez said. "I'm dealing with it the best way I can and trying to stay positive . . . I'm concerned right now with learning a new system and being the best quarterback I can be."

Despite the ever-present media coverage last season, Sanchez remained an optimist publicly but made it clear that the situation the Jets put him in wasn't ideal. "I've got to play the cards I'm dealt here," Sanchez said in September. On Wednesday, he reiterated the sentiment.

"I just don't know if it was the best situation for either of us," he said, "but you play with the cards you are dealt with and do the very best you can. There's a bunch of situations for me, personally, [in which] I wish I would have played a little better at times . . . We really underachieved as a team. We're looking to change that this year and we trust the front office to put us in a good position, and we'll have a good year."

Buck snaps at Rex

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has some advice for Jets coach Rex Ryan: Mind your own business and worry about your own team.

Ryan suggested the Orioles should have played on the road Sept. 5 so the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens could open at home instead of in Denver. "You've got 81 at home," Ryan said Thursday. "Maybe you could have done the right thing and given one up."

Showalter responded Friday: "I'd be a little more concerned about Nov. 24 when the Jets come here and try to figure out a way to beat the Ravens . . . I try to stay out of things I don't know about. I would stay in my area of supposed expertise."

-- AP

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