CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 12: Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 12, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Tim Tebow is on the New York Jets. Have you heard? If not, then you must be dead. There is no other plausible alibi for being so uninformed. Even people living under rocks have been subjected to ESPN's nonstop New York Jets coverage at one point or another. It's relentless. Sanchez--Tebow--Sanchez--Revis--Ryan--Tebow--Ryan--Cromartie--Tebow--JETS--JETS--JETS! (dry heave)
What you may not know, however, is that there are 31 other NFL teams as well, one of which is called the "Cincinnati Bengals". These "Bengals" play the Jets to open their pre-season this Friday at Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium. Tebow will occupy the 2nd quarterback position on the depth chart behind Mark Sanchez and is expected to receive the majority of the snaps at that position. Therefore, for the Bengals to prepare against the Jets offense, they must prepare in anticipation of facing Tebow, meaning someone must imitate Tim Tebow in practice. The man for the job? Mohamed Sanu.
Sanu is slightly smaller than Tebow--6'2" 210lbs compared to Tebow's 6'3" 236lbs--but he has quarterback experience in both high school and college and has proved himself as a skilled runner, so his style matches well. When asked if he can run the wildcat formation, Sanu responded, "I've done it before". When asked how he felt after throwing a pass to fellow rookie Marvin Jones, he said, "I felt good". And when asked if he believes he is a better thrower than Tim Tebow, Sanu said, "I think so...I've seen him throw".
Sanu isn't the first to criticize Tebow. With someone who is so grossly overanalyzed and really is more of a character than a professional athlete anymore, it's either love or hate with very few who think Tebow is "just okay". Taking a poke at Tebow is about as easy as it gets when it comes to NFL commentary, but Sanu didn't simply leave it at that. He flaunted his own quarterback skills as well. Good for him. It's nice to see such confidence from a rookie, and it's even nicer to see someone bash the Jets.
I would have preferred, "I am a better coach than Rex Ryan", but I'll take what I can get.