Jets quarterback Tim Tebow knows what he has to work on to become a starter in the NFL.
"Everything. This my third year and my third offense. That’s been a struggle," Tebow said in a recent interview with GatorZone.com. "Eventually, I’ll know them all, hopefully. I think understanding offense very well, that’ll be a key. And just continuing to work on fundamentals."
Tebow worked under two different coaching staffs with the Broncos and now has to learn offensive coordinator Tony Sparano’s offense with the Jets after being traded this offseason.
Tebow won’t be alone as Sparano is new to the Jets staff, replacing beleaguered offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
"My biggest weakness has probably been fundamentals," Tebow said. "The offense we ran at Florida, I had great fundamentals for that, with my feet. Now, being under center, play-action, seven-step drops, being in the pocket, it’s different. The great quarterbacks aren’t necessarily super-athletic, but they have great rhythm and timing because of their feet. … Sometimes I want to go so fast, so having rhythm and timing is something I need to work on every day."
The Jets have maintained that Mark Sanchez is the team’s starting quarterback and Tebow was brought in only to serve as the backup, while seeing limited action in the Wildcat and other specific packages.
Many still believe that if Sanchez struggles, Tebow will be given a chance with the first team. Tebow said that he will not root for Sanchez to fail.
"We have a great relationship, on and off the field," Tebow said of Sanchez. "It’s really very easy to say I am rooting for him. I will not root against him. I wish him nothing but the best. Now, that doesn’t mean I have to try any less, but I really think he’s done a great job."