The 12-quart pot is on the stove filled with water, and the heat has been turned up. The New York Jets have concluded their last minicamp and the Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow quarterback controversy is just getting underway. Six weeks remain before the start of training camp but according to one follower of the Jets, Sanchez had a less than stellar minicamp this week.
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York writes that Sanchez struggled this week. When he was on the field, Cimini reports that he went 11-29 in a scrimmage with three near interceptions and four “sacks”. He also reports that the Jets have seemingly gone out of their way this offseason to downplay any potential quarterback controversy. However, the club had to realize the minute that they acquired Tim Tebow that a controversy would arise.
Speaking of Tebow, Cimini reports that Tebow has told reporters that he is nearing a 250 pound playing weight. A signal that the Jets are definitely going to be utilizing Tebow, at least early on, in wildcat formations and likely as a goal line back. At 249, Tebow weighs more than any other back on the Jets roster, weighing 25 pounds more than Shonn Greene.
Sanchez’s struggles at this point in his career should be unacceptable. If the Jets start slow out of the gate, the calls for Tebow to become the starting quarterback will grow louder and louder with each Jets loss.