Stanton: Jets willing to bench Sanchez

October, 12, 2012
10/12/12
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It was an interesting offseason for backup quarterback Drew Stanton.

He began the year as a free agent signed by the New York Jets in March. The Denver Broncos signed Peyton Manning soon after, which started a domino effect of Tim Tebow landing in New York.

Stanton realized he was instantly demoted from the No. 2 to No. 3 quarterback with Tebow's arrival. So Stanton asked out of New York and was shipped to the Indianapolis Colts, who will play the Jets on Sunday.

Bob Glauber of Newsday caught up with Stanton, who reflected on his conversations with the Jets during his short stint with the team.

"Had Mark struggled, they said I'd have a chance to play," Stanton told Newsday. "So there was no better opportunity than that, and I was excited about it."

This is an interesting statement for several reasons. It shows that, after four seasons, New York is not above benching Sanchez. The Jets have publicly backed Sanchez as the starter and continues to do so. It also could reveal New York's train of thought behind the scenes with Tebow, who is now the backup quarterback.

If the Jets told Stanton he would have a chance to play this season if Sanchez struggled, why wouldn't they do the same with Tebow, who is a better overall player?

Jets head coach Rex Ryan dodged questions about potentially benching Sanchez. Ryan would only say that Sanchez is the starter "this week."

But the leash appears shorter than ever for Sanchez. He is not playing consistent and needs to step it up Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts (2-2) to keep the struggling Jets (2-3) afloat.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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