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1495 Sports: Second Edition of the New York Jets Quarterback Chat

The New York Jets gathered under grey clouds for OTA’s on Thursday, as Gang Green got to take repetitions under new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. Impressing was Mark Sanchez, who made several big throws in the pouring rain.

Tim Tebow was seen taking a couple of snaps, even had an opportunity to cover a punt. Tebow didn’t have the greatest of days as the quarterback, throwing into two interceptions. 1495 Sports is proud to bring these thoughts from the two signal callers along with head coach Rex Ryan.

Sanchez had this to say on how the team has been this week:

“It has been a great first week. I think the guys look good, they’re excited. Everyone has a real hop in their step. From an offensive perspective, I think things are going well. We’re right at the pace we should be. Learning a lot, but learning on the fly. This is the second time with the new offensive installation, so I think that the guys are getting more and more comfortable as the days move on. I am thrilled about the young guys. Royce (Pollard) has played well, Chaz Schilens has played well, and Jeremy Kerley has done a great job. The tight ends have looked good. It’s been fun these first couple of days.”

On working with Coach Sparano, Sanchez had this to say:

“He is tough but fair, he’s an old school guy and he wants things done right and that’s exactly what we need. He’s been great, he puts a lot of pressure on the coaches and on the players to do it right. That’s what we need. We need that extra emphasis on the little things.”

Coach Ryan had this to say on what he has seen from Sanchez:

“Really since he’s come back he’s probably the healthiest he’s been. The first year he had no clue, he was just out there. But he’s healthy. He’s stronger than he’s ever been. He’s in great shape. I just think that he’s stronger. Obviously, he’s going into his fourth year. He’s seen a lot of different things, but that arm looks stronger to me. He’s throwing the ball and really zipping it, throwing with touch and things. I really like the way he’s throwing the football.”

Coach Ryan had these thoughts on what he saw from Tim Tebow as a quarterback:

“I think we’ve had some ups and downs. He’s probably had a couple of picks today. I think. He was better the first day. I know the way training camp will be, you’ll have the exact number and what it was and all that, and that’s fine. But I think he’s done well. I think for everybody, it’s a new offense. You’re trying to learn some basic things, not do anything specifically tailor-made for this quarterback or that quarterback or this guy, running routes with guys. We’re just putting our base offense and that’s what we’re doing right now. I think he’s got a good grasp of it. I think all the quarterbacks do. I like where our quarterbacks are right now.”

Tebow had this to say on the first week of OTAs:

“I thought it was great. I thought it was a lot of fun. I think, as an offense people are trying to come together-everybody is trying to learn the offense together and helping each other out. I feel like there was a really good vibe. I felt like players cared a lot and they are really trying to understand and push themselves. They were not just going through the motions, but really trying to execute and play well.”

On if the two interceptions were frustrating, Tebow had this to say:

“It is definitely frustrating, but it is 7-on-7. With both of those plays it was the first time I ran them, so I will learn from it and that is it. It won’t bother me again. When you make a bad play, just put it behind you and move on. I feel like I did. I went out there the next team period and felt like I did ok. Again, you just have to remember where you are and what you are doing and that was on 7-on-7 and the first time we were running those plays. It was a good play by Yeremiah Bell and Bart Scott. I am sure I will hear about it a lot from Bart.”

On working with Mark Sanchez, Tebow had this to say:

“It has been a lot of fun. We are out there every day working extremely hard, trying to push each other, trying to have fun. Greg McElroy has been doing a great job; Matt Simms and G.J. Kinne have been working hard. We’ve been enjoying it.”

Sanchez had this to say about having Tebow on the team:

“I put a lot of pressure on myself. I think you guys know that. Everyone in the building knows that, I want to make it right for me and this team. Whether we have Matt Simms or G.J. (Kinne) or (Greg) McElroy, or if it happens to be Tim Tebow behind me, that’s fine. It doesn’t matter. I’m playing hard and trying to get this thing right for all of us in here.”

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