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Theismann to Sanchez: Stop being Mr. Nice Guy

Qaurterbacks Mark Sanchez, left, and Tim Tebow throw

Qaurterbacks Mark Sanchez, left, and Tim Tebow throw during practice at Jets training camp in Cortland, N.Y. (Aug. 14, 2012) Credit: AP

Ask anyone of his teammates, and he'll tell you Mark Sanchez has emerged as a veteran leader in the locker room.

But there's one person who'd like to see more assertiveness from the Jets' fourth-year quarterback.

Joe Theismann.

The former Redskins quarterback and Super Bowl champion thinks Sanchez is being far too nice when it comes to Tim Tebow. Theismann is sick of hearing the pleasantries exchanged between both quarterbacks. Instead, he'd rather see the Jets starting quarterback stake his claim in a more public way.

"This strikes at the heart of Mark Sanchez's pride," Theismann said Friday morning on WFAN. "He's gonna get booed. He's gonna get thrown under the bus. And I want to see what kind of cojones he's got. ...I'm sick and tired of hearing this nice-guy stuff: 'Oh, Timmy's a nice guy. Oh, Mark's a nice (guy).'

"Hey, if I'm Mark Sanchez (I'd say): 'I'm the starting quarterback and it's great to have Tim here to help us win football games.' That's the statement," added the New Jersey native. "...Enough of this nicey two-shoe garbage. Stand up for what you believe in. You’re the starting quarterback. This guy's not. That's the way it is. Deal with it."

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