Five days before the Jets traded for Tim Tebow in March, the team had signed another backup quarterback to sit behind Mark Sanchez — current Indianapolis Colts backup Drew Stanton.
Stanton talked with Newsday’s Bob Glauber about the circumstances that lead to his signing with the team, how and why he asked to be traded elsewhere, and some details about the Jets’ trade for Tebow.
“It was tough, because I didn’t know what the future held,” he said. “I didn’t want to be in the same [quarterback] room with Tim, because it’s difficult from the media or fan standpoint. He’s such a good guy, and the perception of him makes it so difficult.
Stanton also said the Jets promised him an opportunity to play if Sanchez struggled, a promise that several sources have suggested Tebow was also made. “There was no better opportunity than that, and I was excited about it,” Stanton said.
I encourage you to read the complete interview, as it offers a lot of insight on
public enemy No.1 general manager Mike Tannenbaum, the Jets’s opinion of Mark Sanchez (whom they had just given an extension not too long before they signed Stanton) and of course, some behind-the-scenes info on the trade for Tim Tebow.
I think we can safely assume – regardless of what the Jets or Tebow admit – that Tebow was likely promised (or told, you pick the vocab word) that he would be given some opportunities here. Stanton’s comments also tell us that there has been some doubt about Mark Sanchez’s ability to play the quarterback position, as many have suspected. (We could say Ryan’s “for this week” comment supports that conclusion). It’s logical to want to have a capable backup behind your starter — in fact, one could argue the Jets haven’t had one since Sanchez has been in New York and that has been part of the problem. But with so much speculation over what Tebow was or was not told when he decided to come to New York, Stanton’s comments serve as evidence that he was not just brought here with intentions to run the Wildcat.
So, yes, this interview will only add to the “quarterback controversy” narrative, but I’m playing close attention to what this interview says about Tannenbaum, as I still believe him to be mostly culpable in what can only be described as a near failure of an off-season.