New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has already stated that Mark Sanchez would be his starting quarterback — even after the acquisition of Tim Tebow — but the coach reaffirmed his stance Monday.
”Of course, Mark’s the starter,” Ryan said during a conference call Monday, according to the Associated Press. ”There’s no question about it. That’s how we look at it, but we know that Tim can help us, too. There’s no doubt. … Mark is our starting quarterback. We’ve said that. We understand Tim is a backup quarterback, but we also recognize the fact that this guy’s an excellent football player and we’re going to use his abilities.”
Center Nick Mangold, for one, isn’t concerned with Sanchez dealing with Tebow breathing down his neck.
”I think Mark’s going to continue to be the same player and he’s going to work his butt off, and he’s going to be the quarterback that we need him to be,” Mangold told the AP. ”If Mark was wishy-washy in his thoughts of his abilities and what his role was, I could see that creeping in, but Mark understands what he needs to do. And I think that sets the clear line. There’s a lot of great backups in the league who can do the same things, but just don’t have the same following that Tim does.”
The apparent plan is for Tebow to be included in a few packages, with Sanchez getting the majority of the snaps. Mangold is content, he says, with whatever will help the team win.
”As much as any other trade or movement gets done, if it’s going to help our team, I’m all for it,” Mangold said. ”I’m excited. Tim’s won, obviously, a lot of games and brings a new dynamic for our offense.”