Mark Sanchez insists he's not worried about possibly losing his starting gig to Tim Tebow.
"Not at all, not at all," the quarterback said Monday on a conference call with beat writers, his first public comments about the deal since the Jets acquired Tebow last week. "We are adding another player and we are not replacing anybody. He’s here to help us. I’m confident in my abilities. I know the team feels the same way about me, they have belief in me.
"I’m the same guy that’s helped us win a lot of games here with a lot of great players around me. So we’ve had big moments here together, a bunch of comeback wins and playoff victories. I’m not worried about losing my spot, but I think Mike [Tannenbaum] and Rex [Ryan] have been absolutely clear on the purpose of this is to add new wrinkles to our offense and not to replace anybody."
Asked if he's concerned about the possibility of fans chanting for Tebow's insertion into the game if he struggles, Sanchez shrugged it off.
"I don’t get into the negative hypotheticals like that," he said. "I don’t think he’s a distraction. I’m just focused on playing well, improving this offseason, working on the individual things that I need to improve and that’s taking care of the football and making good decisions with the ball.
"But that stuff happens if you’re Tim Tebow or not. They call for the backup anytime you are not playing to your potential. That’s just part of the job if you are not playing well."
Sanchez said he wasn't consulted before the Jets pulled the trigger on the trade, but didn't seem overly ticked when asked if he thought the team should have given him a heads up.
"I find it's hard enough to play quarterback in this league," Sanchez said. "It's so much fun and so rewarding at times. But that's too much of playing a GM. That's out of my wheelhouse. I have faith in those guys upstairs. It's not their job to ask me, run it by me. That's not my job. I'm here to lead this team, go with the players we've got.
"We got another great player on our team and we're excited about it."
Sanchez thinks Tebow adds a lot to the Jets' offense.
"One, he’s an excellent football player and in Denver, he did a great job of running that offense," Sanchez said. "It caused a lot of tams problems, including us. So he’s got lots of ability and I know we’ll try to make the most of it here and the most important thing is he wants to win.
"And if for some reason, if I go down or get hurt or something like that, we have a guy that has won games before in the playoffs. We have a guy with a little bit of experience and a winning attitude. So he can split out at receiver, he can play in the Wildcat, he can do stuff on special teams and whatever he can do to contribute, I know that’s the kind of player he is and that’s what we are all thrilled about."