Former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia has spent the offseason tutoring New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. The former first round draft pick, Sanchez, is coming of a horrendous season after leading the Jets to two AFC Championship games. The Jets brought in Tim Tebow last offseason. Some felt the move was to push Mark Sanchez, some thought it was purely a publicity stunt.
The latter became more obviously true as the season unfolded. When Mark Sanchez was benched they gave Greg McElroy the nod instead of Tebow.
“If there’s going to be competition at the quarterback position, it’s not going to come from Tim Tebow,” Garcia said, via ESPN NY. “Having Tebow there (last season) just became a distraction, more of a circus show.”
“It’s their decision, but from an outsider looking in, having Tebow there doesn’t bring anything positive. It just brings distraction. For Mark, the main competition is going to be David Garrard and Greg McElroy.”
What happened last season validates Garcia’s point. And even odder is the fact that Tim Tebow plans to attend Jets’ voluntary workouts despite not being a part of the teams 2013 plans. Can you say awkward?
If I were Tim Tebow though, I’d absolutely show up and take advantage of NFL facilities and continue to train if I was serious about my NFL career. The Jets though seem determined to trade him despite no team expressing any interest at all, at least not publicly.
But when the Jets added yet another quarterback in Garrard an open quarterback competition was declared. But bringing in Tebow to create the illusion of one was unnecessary according to Garcia.
“When you’re a quarterback, you don’t need artificial competition,” Garcia said. “And it’s not fair to Tim to put him through all that. If there’s a place for Tim that gives him a chance to be a contributor in an offense with another team, let him go be that guy.”