Jun 7, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) and quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the New York Jets organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
"Stop talking to the media so much," Bruschi said. "You need to disappear, okay, Tim Tebow? You're not the starting quarterback, it's Mark Sanchez's team. I want my voice to come from my head coach and my quarterback -- my starting quarterback. That message has to be consistent.
"I don't want all this competition brewing, and every time you speak and anytime you talk about competition or anything like that, you're twisting things. I want one voice. One quarterback, not two."
I agree and disagree. The point is that the media demands Tebow, and in the largest media market in the world trying to hide a player away is near impossible. I'm not sure which would cause the biggest distraction, Tebow talking to the media now and saying all the right things, backing his team and Sanchez. Or him being prevented from speaking and the media going to town on reading body language in OTA's, taking rumours and running with them.
The media that covers the Jets love a little scandal, and it doesn't have to be 100% truth to appear in the papers. I would much prefer Tebow to come outand speak to the media when the demand is there, do his whole "I'm blessed to be here, Sanchez is a great player and I'm honoured to be his teammate and a Jet" than him be sat in a corner and the media be able to create a few stories based on what they believe they see.
In principle, the one voice one quarterback philosophy makes sense. In practise, in New York, here and now, I don't think it makes any sense to cause headlines by preventing one of your players from speaking when asked to speak.