Theismann told WFAN yesterday that it's time for Sanchez to take a stand for himself and stop singing Kumbaya with his backup quarterback.
"This strikes at the heart of Mark Sanchez's pride," Theismann said. "He's going to get booed. He's going to get thrown under the bus. And I want to see what kind of cojones he's got. That's what I'm looking for ... I'm sick and tired of hearing this nice-guy stuff: 'Oh, Timmy's a nice guy. Oh, Mark's a nice [guy].'"
Sanchez — the Jets incumbent starting quarterback — has tiptoed around the quarterback controversy. Even with most of the media attention focused on the the two players this summer, Sanchez has never been caught saying a bad thing about Tebow since the Jets made the trade for the "backup" quarterback in March.
Theismann said he's tired of it all and wants Sanchez to lay claim to the starting job by letting his rival know who's boss.
"Hey, if I'm Mark Sanchez, 'I'm the starting quarterback and it's great to have Tim here to help us win football games.' That's the statement," said the Super Bowl-winning quarterback. "That's the statement. It's time for somebody to stand up believe in themselves if you're a Jet.
"Enough of this nicey two-shoe garbage. Stand up for what you believe in. You're the starting quarterback. This guy's not. That's the way it is. Deal with it."
Chris Christie, another Jersey Guy, couldn't have put it better or more bluntly.