Tim Tebow already has been dealt a demotion of sorts in 2012, going from starting at quarterback for the Denver Broncos last year to backing up Mark Sanchez for the New York Jets this season.
But legendary Jets quarterback Joe Namath thinks Tebow belongs even further down on the team's depth chart.
“God forbid something happens to Sanchez," Namath told ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday night. "See, this is where I’m confused. I don’t think the second guy really is Tebow.”
That would leave third-string quarterback Greg McElroy as the one taking over in such a situation.
The Jets traded for Tebow during the off-season with the intention of making him their backup. But they made little secret of the fact they would use the run-oriented quarterback in certain wildcat-offense packages designed by offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
Which is all fine and dandy unless the backup quarterback suddenly finds himself as the No. 1 guy, Namath said.
"You’re not gonna win consistently with the wildcat offense unless Tim passes a lot better, maybe a little quicker,” Namath said.