New York Jets: Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow Reunited with Philadelphia Eagles


The New York Jets took a chance on bringing in quarterback Tim Tebow in 2012, and since then was out of the NFL until just recently, as Tebow signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

With Philadelphia’s signing of Tebow, it means that him and his former teammate on the Jets, Mark Sanchez will be reunited.

The Tebow experiment was a total failure for the Jets, who never seemed to know what they wanted to use Tebow for. After leading the Broncos to the playoffs, and also winning a game in the playoffs, Tebow would only throw eight passes with the Jets in 2012. The Jets wanted to utilize Tebow in the ‘Wildcat’ formation, but Tebow barely ran the ball as well. His time with the Jets was a total disaster, as the Jets were known as a circus during his season there.

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In 2012, Mark Sanchez’s play would take a severe nosedive, as whether or not Tebow had an impact on Sanchez will never be known, but the two certainly didn’t play well together. In their one season together, Sanchez totaled 2,883 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, and a 54.3 completion percentage.

After being injured in the 2013 season with Jets, Sanchez would sign with the Eagles in 2014 to be a backup for Nick Foles. About midway through the season however, Foles would break his collarbone, and Sanchez once again got the opportunity to be a starter.

There was a lot of talk about how great Sanchez fit in Chip Kelly’s offensive system, and although he wasn’t a superstar, Sanchez did play better than in 2012 with the Jets. In 2014, Sanchez totaled 2,418 passing yards, 14 touchdown passes, 11 interceptions, and a 64.1 completion percentage. Sanchez had a respectable 4-4 record in 2014, but he did make a ton of mistakes, which was his problem in New York.

Dec 5, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) SEC Network commentator and former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow speaks during a press conference at the Georgia Dome. The Missouri Tigers play the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Saturday. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Even before the signing of Tebow, the Eagles have had a wild offseason, as they no longer have great players like LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin on the team. They also made a quarterback swap with the St. Louis Rams to acquire Sam Bradford for Nick Foles. Kelly was also able to sign one of the best free agents available in DeMarco Murray however, as Kelly is loading up with players that will fit his system. Kelly was given power in personnel decisions, and so far he has been actively revamping the Eagles into what he wants.

The Eagles’ quarterback situation looks to be a mess heading into the 2015 season, as Bradford is always hurt, Sanchez is turnover-prone, and Tebow struggles to throw the football.

It wouldn’t surprise anyone to see Kelly use all three quarterbacks during the season, and even in the same game. For Tebow, this will likely be his last chance in the NFL, but in Kelly’s offense, Tebow could use his strengths to help the team. Tebow is a powerful figure in the media, as where he goes attention will follow. The Eagles were becoming a circus like the Jets were before the signing of Tebow, but now they will be one of the most interesting teams to watch leading up to the NFL season.

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