Mike DeVito believes Tim Tebow should have been given a chance.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn't feel bad for Tim and how it went down,” DeVito said Friday on WFAN.
Tebow, the Jets’ much-hyped offseason acquisition, was rendered a nonfactor this past season, either due to his own lack of talent and ability or the coaching staff’s refusal to commit to the their “Tebow package.” During the final two weeks of the season, the purported No. 2 backup quarterback was passed over twice for the starting job – first by third-stringer Greg McElroy and then former starter Mark Sanchez.
The Jets (6-10) were eliminated from playoff contention after Sanchez committed five turnovers in Week 15 at Tennessee. After McElroy was ruled out because of a concussion, Sanchez was given the reins again in the season finale – and he promptly picked up where he left off, throwing a pick 6 and fumbling the football.
But DeVito believes, if given a chance, Tebow could have delivered some Ws.
“Guys just want to rally behind him,” said the defensive lineman, who will test the free-agent mark this offseason. “I think if you put Tim in there, we win games. I really believe that.”
As for Sanchez, he’ll likely be on the Jets roster in 2013 because of the guaranteed money ($8.25 million) he’s owed. Few believe the marriage between Sanchez and the Jets can ever be salvaged, but DeVito said he “doesnt think it’s a bad idea” to bring the former first-round pick back next season.
“I think Mark is a good quarterback and I think he just had a down year,” the lineman said. “I feel like going forward, when he gets his confidence back, when he gets around his receivers again, he gets Santonio again, I really feel like Mark can be the quarterback he was in 2009 and 2010 when we were winning all those games.”