Mark Sanchez did what a starting quarterback secure in his own skin would do.
He invited the competition into his own backyard.
We found out Monday, courtesy of the New York Daily News, that Tim Tebow has accepted Sanchez’s offer to participate in “Jets West” passing camp in Southern California, which Sanchez and his family have hosted at his alma mater, Mission Viejo High School, the past two offseasons.
And so when Sanchez conducts his five-day camp later this month or in early July, the backup quarterback making Sanchez’s life a living hell will work alongside him – all because that’s what Sanchez wants.
Or is it? We’ll never really know.
But the fact remains that Sanchez did the right thing. The media would’ve ripped him if he excluded Tebow while inviting third-stringer Greg McElroy. They’d be calling Sanchez scared, saying he’s worried about Tebow taking over as the starter.
Then again, Sanchez is also damned because he did. This can’t be a genuine gesture, and I’ve heard at least one pundit say Sanchez was outright forced, like he had no choice but to invite Tebow.
Such is the life of Sanchez with Tebow lurking in the shadows. Sanchez can’t win. The only way he can is to actually win games when the season begins in September.
Until that happens, he’ll keep losing in the eyes of the media.