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Jets training camp reporter fails to note difference between Sanchez and Tebow

Doug Farrar
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Official Jets statement: "We anticipate a spirited competition between Tim and Tim."

You'd think that with all the "Mark Sanchez vs. Tim Tebow" crap we're going to hear in New York Jets training camp and through the season, everyone would know the difference between the two men. Sanchez is the overrated Metrosexual quarterback, and Tebow is the overrated Puritan quarterback. That alone should set enough of a crowbar, but one unfortunate individual on the case of the first day of Jets camp on Thursday didn't get the memo.

Well, give the poor girl a break. You have to figure that the mania around Jets camp this season will draw a few reporters who are a bit less football-savvy. At least she didn't ask Tebow for an autograph, like two other media members did in August of 2010.

I'm sure the slip made Sanchez feel even more secure, when everyone in America is taking bets on when the team's coaching staff removes Tebow from his Wildcat/special teams role and allows him to usurp Sanchez as the team's starter. (I have Week 10 against the Seattle Seahawks, because there's a bye before that game, and the team will have an extra week to deal with the media overspill.)

"Mark Sanchez is clearly our starting quarterback," Rex Ryan said on Thursday after practice. "And one of our missions this season is that we've got to protect him a lot better than we did last year. We need to run the football better than we did last year. So whatever that means -- because you can have Y. A. Tittle back there at quarterback, but you're not going to be successful if he's flat on the ground. I've got a great deal of confidence in Mark Sanchez. Is he our starting quarterback? Absolutely."

However, Ryan went on to say this: "I'll say this," he said. "I'm here to win games. And whatever that means, if there's something ... if Mark physically is not ready to go, or whatever, I hope that we have guys that will be ready to step in and be able to step it up. We'll do what's in the best interests of our football team and gives us the best chance to win."

Sanchez, for his part, seemed nonplussed by the whole thing. "I just know that mentally you have to be strong in this position and in this town. I'll be ready."

Tebow continued his impressive mastery of coach-speak. "One day at a time, one play at a time, one meeting at a time."

So, there you go. As soon as everyone in the media catches up on who's who, let the games begin.

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