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Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Tim Tebow vs. Mark Sanchez: Steve Weatherford questions “maturation” of Sanchez


Mark Sanchez is the Jets’ quarterback, no matter what Steve Weatherford thinks of his maturation. (Julio Cortez / AP)
Not that former punters get to have a vote on the matter of whether Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow is better suited to be the New York Jets’ starting quarterback, but Steve Weatherford added his two cents to the debate anyway.

Weatherford, who jumped from the Jets to the Giants in time to get a Super Bowl ring, said in an NFL.com podcast that Sanchez hasn’t matured.

“I like Mark — I think he's a very talented quarterback — but from my standpoint, I haven't seen a lot of maturation. When you're a quarterback and you come in, and you're expected to be the face of the franchise, and you're expected to lead the team ... that's a lot to take on as a rookie,” said Weatherford, a Sanchez teammate in 2009 and 2010. “But as the years go on, I think you're expected to mature, skill-wise, and also mature as a leader, and to be honest with you, as much as I like the guy, I just haven't seen that.”

The Jets may have said that Sanchez is the starter, but there’s a lot of support for Tebow. Although Darrelle Revis said both quarterbacks are “dangerous,” he raved about Tebow’s leadership qualities.

“Some people have it. Some guys don't,” Revis said of Tebow. “It's the passion within ... of him wanting to be a leader, wanting to win. You see it in him all the time ... eating lunch, walking down the hallway — you see it. He's just one of those guys. He's very positive. He has passion for what he does and you could see it.

“You can see it on him when you have a conversation with him. He's just a leader.”

At least Sanchez has Joe Namath — and possibly film — on his side.

“The one-eyed monster tells no lies,” Namath said. “That's how they practice, how they play — on tape. On that camera. It doesn't have a voice. Every player, every coach can see the execution, who's working right, who isn't working right, who isn't working as well as they should. That'll be the deciding factor.”

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