New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes said that quarterback Mark Sanchez was “rattled” when the team announced that they would be trading for Tim Tebow. Holmes told Brian Costello of the New York Post that Sanchez said, “Wow, how did this happen?”
“Those were words that came out of his mouth,” Holmes said. “He talked to me and I basically told him that this is his team. [I said] ‘You’re the starting quarterback. Tebow’s here to help.”
Sanchez, however, says that Holmes was playing up the situation a bit and being dramatic.
“I think [Holmes] made it a little more dramatic. When you read it in the paper, it sounds like a Lifetime movie script or something, [like] he’s talking me off the ledge or something like that,” Sanchez said on ESPN Radio. “Anybody in that situation would have a couple of questions about a trade like that. But as soon as I talked to the team, I really started to understand that [Tebow] is an addition, he’s not changing anything. He’s here to help us.”
Sanchez has the confidence moving forward and is not afraid of losing his job to Tebow. He believes that the coaching staff has full faith in him and that he will hold firm at his number one quarterback spot.
“I’m the starting quarterback,” Sanchez said. “It’s nice to know that for your confidence, but at the same time, nothing was going to change how I came into the season, mentally and physically. I’ve said it before: Whether it was Peyton Manning or Tim Tebow, it didn’t really matter. I was going to play and I plan on playing well.”
The Jets start off their season Sunday against the Buffalo Bills who added the pass rush of Mario Williams in the offseason. Sanchez will need the offensive line to have his back and give him the time he needs to make all of the throws and finally lead the Jets offense to the endzone which he failed to do in the preseason.